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message 1: by Lisa (new)

Lisa Allen In the days of this writing, people were wordy. There are children versions that are easier to get through! Just a thought if you didn't know but would like to finish it! :-)

message 2: by Matthew (new)

Matthew Bargas "It's an Allegory with a capital "A" and the moralizing is of far more importance than plot or characterization, so it's difficult to find a through story line."
The allegorical aspect of the work is what made it interesting to me. Much like the Romance of the Rose, the names of the characters describe their personalities. One doesn't have to buy into all of the moralizing to appreciated Bunyan's literary talent. Amazing accomplishment for an individual who supposedly didn't have much of an education.

message 3: by Jen (new)

Jen Emily: I am finding myself in your shoes. I bought the book over a year ago because of the thought, Well, I'm older, a person of faith and I have an English degree,' so I felt that this is a "should-read." Perhaps I will attempt it again. What stops me is that all we are introduced to is pretty much the allegory, not a human being one can connect to. This is one of those books that lends itself to study in an instructive setting, such as a philosophy or religious studies class. Although I got through it, I found "Fahrenheit 451" to be similar for me: great for teaching an important truth.

message 4: by Jen (new)

Jen To the point made by Lisa. A wordy document was probably appreciated because of the beauty of language and what could be done with it. I'm just thinking that if I have an afternoon uninterrupted by commitments to lend to spiritual or literary pursuits, I might appreciate such a book. As a kid in the 1970s, I'd listen to records that way. Now, I notice that songs I listened to were so much longer than almost anything written today.

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