The Pilgrim’s Regress: An Allegorical Apology for Christianity, Reason, and Romanticism

By C. S. Lewis
Read by Simon Vance

6.12 Hours 03/01/2001 unabridged
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The first book written by C. S. Lewis after his conversion, The Pilgrim’s Regress is, in a sense, a record of Lewis’ own search for meaning and spiritual satisfaction that eventually led him to Christianity. It is the story of John and his odyssey to an enchanting island that has created in him an intense longing, 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 The Pilgrim’s Progress, Lewis’ allegory performs the same function of enabling the author to say in fable form what would otherwise have demanded a full-length philosophy of religion.

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The first book written by C. S. Lewis after his conversion, The Pilgrim’s Regress is, in a sense, a record of Lewis’ own search for meaning and spiritual satisfaction that eventually led him to Christianity. It is the story of John and his odyssey to an enchanting island that has created in him an intense longing, 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 The Pilgrim’s Progress, Lewis’ allegory performs the same function of enabling the author to say in fable form what would otherwise have demanded a full-length philosophy of religion.

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Editorial Reviews

“The allegorical characters are not just abstractions. They are, in every instance, people objectively real and subjectively true to the inner meaning. The language throughout is plain, straightforward, and leanly significant. To many it will seem like a fresh wind blowing across acrid waters.” New York Times
“Stands favorable comparison with its great model by John Bunyan.” Chicago Tribune
“Every bit as effective as its predecessor…Eloquent, erudite, and often witty, this tale is superbly narrated by [Simon Vance]. No stranger to the writings of Lewis, [Vance] has a well-modulated voice that easily portrays the numerous characters and gives the narrative sections a steady and consistent tempo.” Library Journal

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Author Bio: C. S. Lewis

Clive Staples Lewis (1898–1963) was one of the intellectual giants of the twentieth century and arguably the most influential Christian writer of his day. He was a fellow and tutor in English literature at Oxford University until 1954, when he was unanimously elected to the chair of Medieval and Renaissance English at Cambridge University, a position he held until his retirement. His major contributions to literary criticism, children’s literature, fantasy literature, and popular theology brought him international renown and acclaim. Lewis wrote more than thirty books, allowing him to reach a vast audience, and his works continue to attract thousands of new readers every year. His most distinguished and popular accomplishments include the Chronicles of Narnia, Out of the Silent PlanetThe Four LovesThe Screwtape Letters, and Mere Christianity.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 6.12
Audience: Adult
Language: English