The Pilgrim's Regress

The Pilgrim's Regress

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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 7mdash; a mysterious, sweet desire. John's pursuit of this desire takes him through adventures with such people as Mr. Enlightenment, Media Halfways, Mr. Mammon, Mother Kirk, Mr. Sensible, and Mr. Humanist and through such cities as Thrill and Eschropolis as well as the Valley of Humiliation.Though the dragons and giants here are different from those in Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress, Lewis's allegory performs the same function of enabling the author to say simply and through fantasy what would otherwise have demanded a full-length philosophy of religion.
Publisher: Bantam Books, c1981.
ISBN: 9780802806413
Call Number: 230 LEWIS
Characteristics: p.
Subjects: Allegory.


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Jul 31, 2018

This is a fascinating, dense, deep resurrection of a long-extinct genre, the allegorical dream journey. It is also something of a commentary on “The Pilgrim’s Progress”. It contains quite a collection of quotables: “security is mortals' greatest enemy”, “What does not satisfy when we find it, was not the thing we were desiring.”

...And one of my favorites: “Alas,” said he, “I have never learned to dive.” “There is nothing to learn,” said she, “The art of diving is not to do anything new, but simply to cease doing something. You have only to let yourself go.”

Alas, this tale suffers from a major flaw: there is what at first appears to be a gross misunderstanding of modern art – but this book was written when “modern” meant Expressionism and Dada and the chapter in question would probably read quite differently had Lewis been aware of Rothko and Messiaen. Otherwise, though, quite enjoyable.


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