The Pilgrim's Regress

  • by C. S. Lewis
  • Narrated by Simon Vance
  • 6 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The first book written by C.S. Lewis after his conversion, The Pilgrim's Regress is, in a sense, a record of Lewis's 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 Pilgrim's Progress, Lewis's allegory performs the same function of enabling the author to say with fantasy and simplicity what would otherwise have demanded a full-length philosophy of religion. In Lewis's skillful hands this fable becomes as effective a Christian apologia as Bunyan's.

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Most Helpful

Excellent choice.

Brilliant and captivating reading of this essential book. I didn't want to stop listening. Highly recommended.
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- Jim

Heavy and Hard to Follow

I start this review with a caveat: I'm not a fan of Fantasy literature and I always struggle to 'get' it. So, if you love and understand Fantasy fiction, don't read this review any further!

However if, like me, you can't get your head around the fantasy format, I'm here to tell you that this is far 'heavier' than most! I couldn't relate to most of the allegory. Each scenario was baffling to me! I truly didn't understand what each person represented. Not even Virtue! Only the old nomad, History, made any sense to me! As for Mother Kirk… I have NO IDEA WHO she is supposed to be!!! The Holy Spirit???

I also struggled with John Bunyan's Pilgrim, but not because I didn't understand the allegory, I just found it boring, tedious and 'worthy'! I enjoy all of the C. S. Lewis' Apologetics books that I've read (I've only read the 1st Narnia & didn't realise that it too was an allegorical fantasy novel), and thoroughly enjoyed them all. So I was expecting to really enjoy this. Instead I 'endured' it, hoping that the narrative would 'pick up'. For me, it didn't. It was 'interesting', but in a, "I can take it or leave it" fashion.

I wouldn't, not recommend it; but I couldn't wholeheartedly endorse it either! Play a sample first and see if it grabs you. Don't make this your introduction to Lewis if you've never read him before - unless you really do 'get' allegorical fantasy. Otherwise, start with The Screwtape Letters! That one is funny! This one is heavy!
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- Carôle

Book Details

  • Release Date: 13-05-2005
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.