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The Pilgrim's Progress

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This famous story of man's progress through life in search of salvation remains one of the most entertaining allegories of faith ever written. Set against realistic backdrops of town and country, the powerful drama of the pilgrim's trials and temptations follows him in his harrowing journey to the Celestial City.
Along a road filled with monsters and spiritual terrors, Chri
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Paperback, 324 pages
Published February 10th 2003 by Dover Publications (first published February 1678)
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Melody It really depends on what style you're used to. 90% of the book is dialogue, so that in itself might be exhausting for some, easy for others. You have…moreIt really depends on what style you're used to. 90% of the book is dialogue, so that in itself might be exhausting for some, easy for others. You have to read the Penguin version. That way you read the original English, but there's plenty of footnotes at the back for when you come across those odd (now extinct) 17th century colloquialisms. Bunyan's English is somewhere between Shakespeare and Austen. Im a huge fan of Hannah More so her essays really well prepared me for that style of language.(less)
janice l. dimond An allegory that I have loved over the years is "Hinds Feet on High Places" by Hannah Hurnard. It isn't as long, but very good. Also, C.S. Lewis' "The…moreAn allegory that I have loved over the years is "Hinds Feet on High Places" by Hannah Hurnard. It isn't as long, but very good. Also, C.S. Lewis' "The Great Divorce" or "The Screwtape Letters."(less)

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Paul Bryant
Apr 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: godreads, novels
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
Alex
Jan 09, 2015 rated it it was ok
Pilgrim's Progress is about two delusional assholes wandering around being dicks to people, so it's basically a takeoff of Don Quixote. But 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 all, but...no, that can't be right. They're such jerks.

It starts with a guy named Christian abandoning his family to wander off in search of a magical city. "His wife and children...began to cry after him to r
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Ryan
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
Ahmad Sharabiani
‎991. The pilgrim's progress, John Bunyan (1628 - 1688)
The Pilgrim's Progress from This World, to That Which Is to Come is a 1678 Christian allegory written by John Bunyan. It is regarded as one of the most significant works of religious English literature, has been translated into more than 200 languages, and has never been out of print. It has also been cited as the first novel written in English.
عنوانها: سیر و سلوک زائر: مقایسه تطبیقی عرفان اسلام و مسیحیت؛ سیر و سلوک سالک؛ نویسنده: جان بانی ی
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Paul
Aug 27, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Roy Lotz
Jul 18, 2013 rated it it was ok
Midway upon the journey between my home and work did I open the case of my kindle, and in that case I did there find a kindle. Then, I turned this kindle on and lo! what there did I find? The Pilgrim’s Progress. And so mine eyes began to read the screen. Thus, I did set upon another journey at that time, traveling from the beginning of the book to the end. And there I did find many new acquaintances.

My first companion I came upon was Mr. Amusement. But he quickly left me, and then did Mr. Boredo
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Jessica
Sep 05, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A classic written by a 17th-century Puritan, John Bunyan, in a prison cell, The Pilgrim's Progress is an allegory of the beginning, progression, and conclusion of the true Christian life.

Rich in Biblical theology, it tells the story of the trials, temptations, and triumphs of a man named Christian in his pilgrimage from the City of Destruction to the Celestial City and eternal life. Many of the events we read include universal tales about human struggles through hardship with which anyone can i
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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,
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Calista
A Christian Allegory from the 1600's. That's a long time ago and the book has never been out of print. Now that is a legacy. You wonder if John Bunyan knew he was writing something that would last for 400 years.

I will admit to needing to go back and read this again. I don't know if I was focused enough on it or not, or if the book simply wasn't for me, but I really can't say much of what was happening. I know all the characters are named for what they are. The christian is named Christian and th
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Jan-Maat
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
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Stephen
Sep 01, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literature
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.
Ian "Marvin" Graye
Apr 23, 2012 rated it liked it
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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
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Bradley
Apr 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-shelf, fantasy
Classic Christain Allegory from a contemporary of Milton? Or an upbeat adventure fantasy with monster slaying, epic quests, moral quandaries, and much deceit?

It's very easy to fall back on this as a tool for moral teaching especially since the lessons being learned are all in the names of the characters, but I am forced to remember that this kind of everyman allegory has a long, long tradition in literature.

I'd rather see this as an easy to read upbeat fantasy adventure featuring first The Chri
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K.D. Absolutely
Jan 16, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  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
Jon Nakapalau
So happy to finish the year with a classic I have been wanting to read for years! Loved the simplicity of the message: salvation is a pilgrimage that one must undertake (often times alone) if one expects to get to the gates of heaven - now I know where the term 'Vanity Fair' comes from!
Emily
Aug 31, 2009 rated it did not like it
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
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Adam
Sep 05, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1500-s-1700-s, prose
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
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BAM The Bibliomaniac
Catching up with the classics # 4

I found this a rather clever piece of religious and moral teaching. The book consists of two parts-Christian’s travails to reach the Celestial Kingdom then his wife and children follow. I didn’t enjoy part two nearly as much as part one. It was a bit more preachy. But the names of the characters such as: Mrs. Wanton, Mr. Timorous, Mr. Brisk, and the demon-lion Apollyon tell the tales of what our heroes face along the past to enlightenment. Scripture was quoted he
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Jonathan Terrington

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.
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Brian
Jan 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, christian
I first heard of this book in Bible college. Today Christianity offers many opposing viewpoints and brings confusion and arguments to many. To those who hunger for and seek truth I understand the difficulty. I had my own journey and had to fail and become desperate before I found the real thing. This book gives clear and concise guidance on the Christian faith and makes it fun and exciting, as we follow a man's dangerous journey to escape the destruction of his own city and journey to the celest ...more
David Sarkies
Apr 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: People who haven't read it
Recommended to David by: A book club
Shelves: christian
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Well, I will have to thank the Classics of the Western Canon discussion group for selecting Pilgrim's Progess for this month's read because otherwise it would have continued to sit on my shelf until such a time as I got around to reading it. Okay, I probably don't follow the readings of many of these groups as closely as some do, but they can be good to spur me on to reading a book that I probably wasn't thinking of reading at the
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C.
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
Natalie Vellacott
The classic allegory of the Christian life.

I've read the updated modern English version of this and enjoyed it. I found this copy, written in the original text, hard going. I abandoned it earlier in the year but then started again and persevered until more or less the end. It is both parts of the dream: Christian and then Christiana's journey.

The amazing thing really is how many Scriptures Bunyan has managed to cram into the narrative. It is a remarkable achievement, overlooking the fact that so
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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
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Annie
Jul 17, 2017 rated it did not like it
Reads like satire, but just... isn't? I feel like it's mocking itself but I really don't think it is?

It's just really hard to take this book seriously. It's incredibly dated, mind-numbingly boring, and obscenely moralizing. This book felt like my entire childhood of nuns making me kneel on the hard marble floor for laughing in chapel on Friday mornings.

I love allegory as much as your mom, but I do like just a tiny bit of subtlety. In Pilgrim's Progress, Allegory comes over to you and she slaps
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R.A.
{2nd read}

This is a good book!!!

The whole book was great, but I've always loved the last bit the best. When Christian and Hopeful read the Celestial City! It's so wonderful and amazing! And that small part when Ignorance arrives - from riding the rowboat across the river - I always smile, because I remember it so well in the movie! Even though he went to Hell in the end, it still made me laugh when he so proudly rowed across that dangerous river!

Anyway, a great read. Of course, I had no choice
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Bob
Jan 13, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christian, classics
John Bunyan acknowledged in his own day that his friends were mixed on whether he should publish this book. I encountered similar mixed feelings about this work when I mentioned that our reading group was reading this. Even though The Guardian rated this Number One on its list of 100 best novels in the English language, this admiration is not shared by all. For some, it is simply that they don't like the writing style (Bunyan was not highly educated), the use of allegory, or the Puritan theology ...more
Kellyn Roth
DNF

Just not for me. It's the writing style and the in-your-face allegories and whatnot. It's just not worth my time as there is the Bible if I want obvious Christianity and fiction which I'll enjoy and don't have to slough-of-despond my way through if I want less obvious Christianity. ;P

(I'm not saying it won't be helpful to others; it's not what I need, but it could be what you do!)
Sassa
Jul 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
What a wonderful book. This is one to ponder! Without a doubt, it is a commitment to read “The Pilgrim’s Progress.” It is not one to skim. Every passage has meaning to study and it will take time BUT it is time well spent.
I do recommend reading a version that includes Bunyan’s own marginal notes. Reading with a friend or a group is a good suggestion because you will want to discuss as you read! Ask questions of another if there are parts that are difficult. A commentary may also be helpful. I fo
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El
(I read this book as part of a reading project I have undertaken with some other nerdy friends in which we read The Novel: A Biography and some of the other texts referenced by Schmidt.)

It took me from Aug 6 to today to read the first half of the book. And then I read the second half of the book in one sitting.

Here's the thing - this is not a good bedside table book. Aside from its soporific quality (because it's boring), it really needs to be read in big gulps at a time instead of small sips ov
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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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