I just finished this new read. Saw it sitting on my shelf and thought I’d pick it up this week. It was a pretty fast read, but overall I would have rather read something else. It added to my bad streak for the year; so far I have only enjoyed one book out of everything I’ve read. Hmm, time for some oldies but goodies.
I love Lewis and had such high hopes for this book. I thought it was going to be in the fashion of his Screwtape Letters, and would be describing simple steps a pilgrim might take that ultimately leads him away from his desired end. But it was similar to Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress. It follows John as he searches through various religions trying to fulfill his constant desire and then finds it in Christianity. The book being an allegory, was at times really hard to understand what Lewis was in fact trying to say. Maybe it was just me, but I had a hard time following it and was rather disappointed in the book overall. I would suggest reading something else.
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 which 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.
There were a couple mentions of the word “fornication” but the scene was not described. A few mentions of private body parts but again not described.