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The Pilgrim's Progress [Oct. 30th, 2015|07:20 pm]
Tony Grist
I like Bunyan. He's solid.  His people- for all that they wear placards- have a roundaboutness to them. A lot of it's in the dialogue; they may come on as personified vices and virtues, but they talk like human beings. Poor little By-ends with his resentment of the nickname he's been given and his insistence that it's not his fault if his sincerely held convictions always somehow happen to coincide with the orthodoxy of the day- why- he's almost Dickensian.

And for all that Bunyan's theology is sometimes unpleasantly vindictive there's never any doubting his essential godliness. The Pilgrim's Progress may be the first English novel but it's also the last trumpet blast of medieval Christianity. 

[User Picture]From: halfmoon_mollie
2015-10-30 07:47 pm (UTC)
I've always - sort of- wanted to read that. It's mentioned in Little Women and at least one other favorite book. But I've never quite gotten around to it.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2015-10-30 08:10 pm (UTC)
Give it a go. It's quite short and Bunyan's 17th century English presents very few difficulties.
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[User Picture]From: steepholm
2015-10-30 07:57 pm (UTC)
I love that book and have often recommended it to people. Sadly, to my knowledge no one has ever taken me up on my suggestion.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2015-10-30 08:12 pm (UTC)
That's a pity.

I was introduced to it as a child. I had a a condensed version with lurid colour plates.
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