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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I listen to this three time in a row.
It has so much depth and so many layers that reveal so much profound truths about being human, the spiritual part of being human and the nature of God. It is amazing how CS Lewis accurately captures the nature of different social beliefs and then reveals their fallacies in comparison to the spiritual truth of God’s Kingdom. It is a treasure map that takes the reader on a search of gold nuggets of truths and insights. They are hidden everywhere throughout the book and many of them can only be found by re-reading (or listening) to it again and again.
This book alows the listener to refect on his or her own path to salvation. The longer you listen to the book the more you enjoy it so stay tuned. The reader did a wonderful job with narration and the different character roles.
I went through the book two and half times in one week.... If you like CS Lewis... try it out
I'm not sure what I expected out of this book. I guess I was hoping it would be something like Mere Christianity but it could not be further from it. The characters were interesting and I kept listening because I thought that sooner or later I would get the point and understand the meaning to his dream. I never did...
Well, it was a decent story. A take-off on the Pilgrims Progress, which I've listened to several times.
I don't really understand why Mr. Lewis chose to do this book, in this way. Perhaps I did not listen closely enough, but I found it a poor companion to the original .
The ending seemed hurried , as if the author had suddenly realized he was almost out of paper.
If a different take on the Pilgrim's Progress is what you're looking for , or perhaps an updated account of the original , which may be what Mr. Lewis was aiming for , then by all means, give it a listen.
But try the original first.
Brilliant and captivating reading of this essential book. I didn't want to stop listening. Highly recommended.
"Fascinating.... but not an easy listen"
I don't think this has aged as well as most of Lewis' books. The reader does a great job and it's never less then fascinating, but at several times the many alagories feel a little to obscure to modern ears. We are no doubt worse educated in classics now then the average reader in the 1930's, leaving a modern listener at a massive disadvantage when it comes to disciphering what the many meaning ladden classical names and images represent. Or maybe the Oxford don in Lewis got a little carried away here, I found it hard to tell. This is a very interesting book but I can't really recommend it to anyone but Lewis fans and greek geeks.
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