The Pilgrim's Regress
The first book written by C. S. Lewis after his conversion, The Pilgrim's Regress is, in a sense, the record of Lewis s own search for meaning and spiritual satisfaction—a search that eventually led him to Christianity.
Here is the story of the pilgrim John and his odyssey to an enchanting island which has created in him an intense longing—a mysterious, sweet desire. John s...more
I've read most of Lewis' work but I had not read the Pilgrim's Regress before. He wrote it shortly after he became a Christian and it is interesting in its insight into one man's conversion experience and also as a comparison to his later works.
Inspired by John Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress, Lewis wrote his wor ...more
Basically this is a retelling of Pilgrim's Progress but in Lewis' world instead of Bunyan's in an allegorical autobiography of sorts. Interesting and insightful in ...more
Lewis begins with hypocritical Puritan Christianity, and is merciless in his critique, replete with masks, badly told stories, and pious cliches. John, the Pilgrim, quickly leaves it, an ...more
As The Pilgrim's Regress is Lewis' first novel as a Christian, I am also surprised at how developed his understanding of the faith was, even in its infancy. This books contains many of the same ideas that will be expressed more clearly in his future works like Mere Christianity and The Great Divorce. He wil ...more
Lewis was a master of allegory, and this book is no exception. The reader who struggles intellectually with the faith will find this book to be a breath of fresh air. John, the main character's, struggle with the various philosophies and philosophers of the ...more
So many philosophical movements, so many religions, so many emotions and character traits explored -- I loved seeing where John would go next and what pitfall he would discover. Loved Lewis's note at the end, from the third edition, as well -- a beautiful exploration of his fascination with desire and its basis in Christian ...more
That line of poetry, along with many others in the closing book (this book is made up of 10 books), really sums up the story of Pilgrims Regress. It is probably among the top 5 books I’ve read by Lewis, and I’m slowly closing in on having read all ~30 of them. This book tells an allegorical tale of a man named John traveling towards the Island in the West. The allegory is that John is CS Lewis ...more
A definite allegory with very much of a mythical feel. I love how the author writes as if he dreamed the story. At first when I saw the main character was named John I thought that might be a reference to John Bunyan as the story is obviously a play on John Bunyan's Pilgrim Progress, but the way the story rolled, it actually reminded me more of the John in revelations. Maybe that was just because Revelations is also a dream and John is the writer of that.
I listened to th ...more
Oh, and of course that he decimates many false philosophies that are alive and well today, though not with as much grace as he has elsewhere. There are parts in the this book that will remain with me unt ...more
6 December 2014
After I started reading this book for a second time I suddenly kicked myself for not reading Pilgrim's Progress beforehand because it is quite clear that the former book has heavily influenced this work. However, I have read it (a while ago) and are somewhat familiar with the story, so it wasn't that big of a mistake. Anyway, following the tradition of Pilgrim's Progress, Lewis sets out to write an allegorical spiritual journey whic ...more
I recommend beginning with the Afterword. Your milage may vary, but in it Lewis addresses many of the concerns you may have with the book itself.
Lewis allegorizes his own conversion experience in an attempt to generalize for a wider audience much of what he experienced being drawn to the faith. Cultural and intellectual commentary abounds, but I found the real beauty of the book in its portrayal of the Church, Baptism, and conversion.
I recently listened to this work of Lewis' as read by Whitfield from the 3rd edition. I have no doubt that I would have enjoyed reading it, but this narration truly brought it to life in a manner that reading might have failed to do.
Having some background certainly will help the reader to understand what Lewis is doing here. Certainly, someone unfamiliar with John Bunyan's "Pilgrim's Progress" would stand a pretty good chance of getting lost. I'm not sure I ag ...more
I had become aware of the title decades ago in college; it was a clever title, and I wanted to read the book then, but being a student and newly wed afforded little in both money and time. It was not until sometime in the past decade, when my wife was spending a small fortune at Bor ...more
This obviously seems to be influenced by John Bunyan's religious and political tract, The Pilgrim's Progress. Just like Bunyan narrating the story in the form of a "dream" he had, so Lewis narrates this story the same way.
I will say that this story is both easier and harder for me to ...more
I know that whilst reading it I had several really ...more
Clive Staples Lewis was one of the intellectual giants of the twentieth century and arguably one of the most influential writers of his day. He was a Fellow and Tutor in English Literature at Oxford University until 1954. He was unanimously elected to the Chair of Medieval and Renaissance Literature at Cambridge ...more