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The Pilgrim's Progress

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The Pilgrim's Progress (Part I 1678/Part II 1684) holds a unique place in the history of English literature. No other seventeenth-century work except the King James Bible, nothing from the pen of a writer of Bunyan's social class in any period, and no other Christian work, has enjoyed such an extensive readership. The pilgrim Christian, Mr Worldly Wiseman, Giant Despair, H ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published November 5th 1996 by Wordsworth Editions (first published 1678)
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Paul Bryant
In the dawn of the day Reader began his quest for the Great Denoument with a glad heart, his countenance suffused by the Joy of Literature Yet Unread and unburthened by Mercantile Drear. He knew he should soon pass threw Goodreads City which was said to be very Malevolent yet still he feared not and sang out hymns and epithalamions addressed to the Archangels Proust, Joyce and Bolano which should look over him as he ventured. Eftsoons, he met with Mr Worldly Wise, who thrust at him pretty volume ...more
I read this book during my second deployment to Iraq as well and it took me quite a while to finish it. I had seen this book referenced often and I wanted to read it on my own. The overall consensus is that it is a very compelling book and will pull at your soul's emotional strings with its simplicity and candor. But also there were three major hurdles to finishing this book--for me, at least:

It was first published in 1678 so it is not an easy read. The diction is alien to me, but also one does
So you know when you hear that Citizen Kane is the best movie ever because of how revolutionary it was during its time period, and then you watch it and you realize that the key phrase is "during its time period"? Well, reading Pilgrim's Progress is likely to leave many with the same feeling. No doubt one of the greatest modern religious texts in terms of what it provided for early Puritans (an easy and concrete representation of their theology and daily living practices), it leaves a little to ...more
Mike (the Paladin)
I have a few versions of this on my shelves from the nicely bound hard back to paper backs I can hand out (you know "loan").

This is (as I'm sure most already know) an allegorical journey depicting the struggles of living the Christian life. John Bunyan was a Baptist imprisoned when it was against the law to be a be Baptist. He was imprisoned for (aprox.) twelve years for refusing to convert to Anglicanism (Church of England)...this sort of thing by the way is the reason for the first amendment,
Ian Pagan-Szary
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Then it came to pass a while after, that there was a post in the town that inquired for Mr. Honest Paul Bryant.

So he came to the house where he was, and delivered to his hand these lines: “Thou art commanded to be ready against this day seven-night, to present thyself before thy Lord at his Father’s house.

“And for a token that my message is true, all the daughters of music, even the mothers of invention, shall
The Pilgrim's Progress is a wonderful work written by a 17th-century Puritan, John Bunyan, from his prison cell in a time of persecution.

J.C. Ryle wrote of this book, “I do not doubt that the one volume of Pilgrim’s Progress, written by a man who knew hardly any book but his Bible, and was ignorant of Greek and Latin, will prove in the last day to have done more for the benefit of the world, than all the works of the schoolmen put together.”

The Pilgrim's Progress is a wonderful allegory of th
K.D. Absolutely
Mar 31, 2011 K.D. Absolutely rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to K.D. by: 501 Must Read Books, 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die
Fascinating allegory about man’s search for salvation. The fact that this was first published in 1678 by John Bunyan (1628-1688) and its message still rings true up to now makes this an appropriate read for those who believe in life after death. The only problem is that if you hate classics, then you will find this a struggle to read. Methinks however, that if you like novels with pilgrimage as theme (Paolo Coelho’s Pilgrimage is a good example) or those even crusade adventures like Lord of the ...more
simply amazing. There is a reason why many literary critics consider this the best Christian book/read next to the Bible. This book although not a difficult read compared to other literary classics will definitely challenge you with its many allegories and metaphors of the Christian life. For anyone who thinks the Christian life is a soft cushy way needs to read this book.
Q: This is about Thanksgiving, right? Like, the first chapter is "Cranberry sauce" and the last chapter is "Pie"?

A: Well, yes, sure. The last chapter is definitely "Pie", anyway.

Pilgrim's Progress is basically a takeoff of Don Quixote, with two delusional assholes wandering around being dicks to people, but it plays its jokes closer to the vest. The dreaming narrator seems unconscious of the fact that the pilgrims are both jerks. I suppose it's possible that they're not supposed to be jerks at a

I'd wanted to write this review a while ago. However since I can't write it then I'll have to write it now.

The Pilgrim's Progress is one of the most famous examples of allegory and also one of the most popular books ever published. I've heard that at one time it was as common to find this book in a home as a copy of The Bible.

This was one of those books I was introduced to as a child. You probably think I was an odd kid, reading books like this at 8 or 9 years old. And you'd probably be right.
I must say that I struggled rather with this book; I continually procrastinated from picking it up, and even when I actually got around to reading it, it was frankly pretty boring. Nonetheless, I'm sure it's a much better book than I give it credit for; context is all, so don't come back to me with essay-length descriptions of the circumstances under which it was written (I already know. I can and do read. Also I possess a brain) I did not like this book and this review explains why. That is all ...more
This isn't easy for me to do, but I admit it. I give up. I can't make myself slog through this anymore.

I picked this up as part of my ongoing project to read classics I've somehow missed out on in the first 31 years of my life. Also, an old friend listed it as one of her 20 Most Memorable Books on facebook, so I was expecting to be moved. Or instructed. Or touched. Maybe that was part of the problem. But I've had it out from the library for 6 weeks, renewed it once already, the due date is loomi
I just read this for the second time. It is really an amazing story. Through various characters that the pilgrim, Christian, and later his wife, Christiana, meet in their journies, we are introduced to various aspects of our own character and how those traits can help or hinder us in life's journey. The journey/story can get tedious at times, and while the story doesn't have the drama or excitement of a C.S. Lewis book, I find that John Bunyan's understanding of the scriptures in the 17th centur ...more
The Pilgrim's Progress, or Christianity for Dummies by John Bunyan.

So... John Bunyan was a crazy and apparently exceedingly stupid man who wrote one of the most popular books ever in the Western literary tradition. I write of this book, obviously. The book's popularity and even its status as a Historically Important Classic is a harsh reminder of how immensely stupid and crazy humans, generally, are and always were. Because this book's status is such a harsh reminder of that fact, it's basically
We used to sing He who would true valour see at my secondary modern school. In fact it was the only song we'd ever sing in school assemblies. We'd sing it in dire, dirge like manner, deep in the Slough of Despond of that Vanity Fair of adolescent school days and not like the hero who was ready to march through the Valley of the Shadow of Death to take on hobgoblins, hypocrites and the demands of life after the dreaded Eleven Plus.

Bunyan was active in the period of the Republic and the Restorati
Lise Petrauskas
Oh, Pilgrim's Progress, how glad I am that I have finally read you and that I'll never have to read you again. Thank you for being shorter and easier to read than I was expecting. Little Women (obvious references) and The Lord of the Rings (not so obvious), both books I've loved since childhood, came to mind as having been heavily influenced by you in different ways.

The value in this book lies, for me, in the fact that it gives me some insight into the culture and history of the literature that
One editor at a writing conference admonished her students to be careful not to attempt to copy the Bible exactly in their writing. The Bible is complete and perfect, and it is foolish to try to copy it too closely; you'll only make a less powerful knock-off.

Perhaps Pilgrim's Progress could be the one excusable exception. :)

The story is rich and true; it never dragged for me but once, and even that didn't take long to get through. Bunyan writes like a father to his children, or a shepherd to hi
Joe Cassada
I read it again, for the first time. I wish all Christians would read this book - and read it regularly. And don't settle for those abridged versions or those versions that leave out the second part. Bunyan wrote two parts to the book: one about Christian, and the other about Christiana (Christian's wife). The second part is very helpful in adding some detail and explanation to the first. So be sure to to get a version with parts 1 and 2. Lamentably, many publishers today seem to leave out part ...more
I first read Bunyan's masterpiece in college. It was lost on my youth. Being groomed by some thoughtful literature professors who had an allergic reaction to allegory I found the book dull on every level. I thought it was trite, preachy, simplistic, and didn't connect with it on an emotional level.

I picked up the book again because of a nagging suspicion that it was me, not Bunyan that failed in our first meeting. I'm so glad I did.

As much as any book, Bunyan's story impacts the way one should
Grand and visionary Christian allegory that is more like Lord of the Rings than the Bible.
I read this as a kid and loved it. Then I read it as an adult.
What a freaky load of old schizoid tosh.
This is a wonderful allegory full of Christian truths - everyone who calls themselves a Christian should read it. But it's an important literary classic as well and any student of English literature should be familiar with it. For example, I recall in a college English Lit. class when we were reading Vanity Fair, the teacher didn't even mention where the title came from (PP) and how the meaning of the title is relevant to the story.

There are various versions out there - the best ones include Bun
Victor Nyachieo
The book Pilgrims progress was a very difficult book for me to read and understand. The book begins with a man who is convicted and realizes that there is more to life than the ordinary. He is told that there is a city named celestial city that will fill him spiritually. He set on a journey from the city of destruction to the celestial city. In the beginning of his journey his family tries to tell him to stay but his conviction is too strong for him to let all that was to come go to waste.
He b
Megan Larson
I wish I had received all the nuggets this book has to offer in my first reading, but I'm positive I didn't. However, I am firmly committed to reading it again, because the nuggets I did get were a blessing: even on the most basic level, imagining the Christian walk as a physical journey with actual hills and valleys and byways from the narrow road is helpful (and biblical!). I imagine that once I have delved deeper, I'll be giving this book five stars--I just struggled to follow along some of t ...more
This was the second most popular book in 19C America, behind the Bible. Possibly if you combined several Shakespeare plays, you could nearly equal it on their shelves. I read it in college and grad school (17C English, my specialty), nearly a half century ago. I still use the Slough of Despond and a couple other Bunyanisms, where he allegorizes psychology. Arguably, there's more truth in Bunyan's psychology (and Aristotle's) than Freud and post-Freudian, which is treated on US TV as if unquestio ...more
Roger N
I see so many bad reviews and I know that those reviews are based on the fact that most people that read this book can't understand it very well because they have not experienced true conversion so they do not relate to Christians character and/or also b/c it is a hard read. This book is spot on with the spiritual struggles I have personally gone through in the two short years that I have been converted. It has opened my eyes to some huge personal struggles that I could NOT put into perspective ...more
John Bunyan takes you with him to his dreamland and you totally get lost in it. A timeless, humorous flowing story that exhibits any Christian's life. The temptations, distractions, he removes the inner journey and lays it as a physical one. I'm sure most Christians can relate to Pilgrim's Progress.
Mary Ronan Drew
Rest easy. Christian makes it to the Celestial City. He struggles to get out of the Slough of Despond and he risks death as he passes through the Valley of the Shadow of Death, but he does not succumb to the blandishments of the various characters he meets along the way (Obstinate, Pliable, Hypocrisy, Talkative, Ignorance).

He is accompanied early in the story by his friend, Faithful, who uses the Get Out of Hell Free card and heads straight to Heaven from Vanity Fair. But Christian continues to
This is a hard, meaty book. I had to read it in bits and pieces, twenty or so pages at a time, because there was often so much richness and truth to take in. In the first part, Christian’s journey to the Celestial City introduces the obstacles for the first time, while in the second part, Christiana’s journey reiterates their dangers. What struck me the most was how the pilgrims were not afraid to confront one another in love when one of them was in the wrong or going astray. That is something g ...more

Secondary to only the Bible, this is the book that I've read (and love) the most! My mother read it to me when I was a child, I read it to my children, my children have the video set and a game based on the book. I believe Bunyan was an inspired writer. Although the story can be enjoyed by anyone (once you either acclimate to the old English style or buy a children's version), I personally think that the reader needs to have a strong grasp on the Bible to fully appreciate it. Many times in life
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John Bunyan, a Christian writer and preacher, was born at Harrowden (one mile south-east of Bedford), in the Parish of Elstow, England. He wrote The Pilgrim's Progress, arguably the most famous published Christian allegory. In the Church of England he is remembered with a Lesser Festival on 30 August.
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