Pilgrim’s Regress ★★★☆☆

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Title: Pilgrim’s Regress
Series: ———-
Author: C.S. Lewis
Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
Genre: Allegory
Pages: 256
Words: 52.9K



From Amazon and Me:

Here is the story of the pilgrim John and his odyssey to an enchanting island that creates 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, Mr. Mammon, Mother Kirk, and Mr. Sensible and through such cities as Thrill and Eschropolis — and through the Valley of Humiliation. John must then return to his home and head to the Landlord’s Castle, which is the Mountainside of the Island. On his way back John sees everything he saw upon his journey but through new eyes.


My Thoughts:

This was a very hard book to get into or to get anything from. I lumped this in with my non-fiction even though it is allegory. Most of the references in the book, to various philosophies and “isms” of his day, are veiled or are written with an expectation that the reader will be fully aware of said philosophies and be able to pick up on Lewis’s broad hints.

It had some interesting bits but overall I found it a bit dry and more circuitous than I preferred. If I were to ever re-read this, I’d probably go much slower and write notes down on paper.



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9 thoughts on “Pilgrim’s Regress ★★★☆☆

  1. piotrek says:

    I’ve only read Narnia and Mere Christianity, and I feel that’s enough. I will always have a soft spot for Narnia, but as an apostle of sceptics he is not very convincing… we discussed it a bit when you reviewed Mere Christianity.
    This one seems to be heavily rooted in the era, but not as well aged as Mann’s Magic Mountain…

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  2. Darren Jones says:

    This is the only Lewis book I’ve read that I actively don’t like. I’m not a philosophy student, and I know almost nothing about the various philosophical schools of the early 20th century, so almost nothing about the book made sense.

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  3. I haven’t read any CS Lewis other than Narnia. It doesn’t sound like this one would be a good option for me, based on your comment about references I’d be assumed to know. I might try Out of the Silent Planet, though.

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  4. Nice to see you back. Or maybe this was a scheduled post.

    I enjoyed Regress, but then, I had an edition that had margin notes which helped you identify the schools of philosophy that Lewis was skewering. It’s a very emotional read if you know anything about Lewis’s personal journey. And I believe, when it was published, getting hazed by all those different philosophies, in more or less that order, was a pretty universal experience for every educated person.

    Think of it as satire and you’ll enjoy it more. Some of my favorite parts are when it’s revealed that the Stoic depends for his “simple, self-sufficient” life on having a personal servant, and when the creepy dirty-old-man artist says, “You, sir, cannot tell the difference between art and pornography!”

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  5. HCNewton says:

    *cough*mumble*cough* years ago, the only reason I read Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress was so that I’d be equipped to read this. But for reasons beyond my ken, I never got around to it.

    (I have, however, read Bunyan’s allegory 4 times)

    Gotta say, you haven’t made me more inclined to dive in.

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  6. Tolkien’s professed dislike for allegory always agreed with my own inclinations, and that’s the main reason I could never enjoy what I read from Lewis as this author certainly deserves. This book in particular sounds like the kind of storytelling that would not agree with me…
    Thanks for sharing! 🙂

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  7. savageddt says:

    Maybe it is time some one sat down and told people what the relations of certain isms and things were?

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  8. Sharon Barrow Wilfong says:

    I liked the book, but it isn’t one of my favorite Lewis’s. I think it was the first book he wrote after he became a believer so as a first effort, he hadn’t honed his skills yet.

    I have to say, thought, I loved the part with the flapper who slaps John insisting she’s an artist because she’s suffered so much. Having lived in a large city with a bunch of artists, I found that type of affected personality spot on.

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  9. Sounds heavy but worth checking out when we can give it a LOT more focus. It does remind me that I need to PROPERLY check out Narnia for the first time though hahah

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