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The Pilgrim's Progress Part II by [Bunyan, John]
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This new edition does full justice to the text for modern readers. The notes are helpful and scholarly. The introduction is warm and up to date. This is now the best reading edition available. (Roger Pooley, Keele University)

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"Next to the Bible, the book that I value most is John Bunyan's "Pilgrim's Progress" ... it is ... the Bible in another shape." (C. H. Spurgeon ~ Famous 19th century preacher)

'This wonderful work is one of the very few books which may be read over repeatedly at different times, and each time with a new and a different pleasure' (Samuel Taylor Coleridge)

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 381 KB
  • Print Length: 287 pages
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003WQBGJS
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 129 customer reviews
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Format: Paperback
Rather than reviewing Pilgrim's Progress, which is clearly a masterpiece and of immense spiritual value to Christian readers, I would simply like to commend this Oxford World's Classics edition.

Having read and worked with a few different editions, I favour this one for three reasons. First of all, unlike some other editions, this one doesn't miss bits out. Second, Bunyan's language is largely unaltered. While updating the spelling and vocabulary undoubtedly makes Pilgrim's Progress more accessible for a wider and younger audience, it also tends to cover over some of Bunyan's teaching points. If you can cope with having to re-read some sentences and check the odd endnote, there is simply more gold in this original text than in many of the touched-up modern alternatives. Finally, this edition has Bunyan's own marginal notes, helping the reader to recognize Biblical allusions. Lots of editions have someone else's notes, but what could be better than the original?

Please don't think, by the way, that this edition is hard to read. It may be slightly harder going than a more modernized text, but Bunyan's capacities as a storyteller must not be underestimated. He had a way with words and a spiritual insight that few have been able to match. When Bunyan preached in his own day great crowds of people from all walks of life flocked to hear him - from this edition one can see why.

Overall, John Bunyan is the one worth listening to (rather than any editor) and this Oxford World's Classics edition seems to put his text and his intentions front-and-centre. I think W. R. Owens has done a super job, making available the towering masterpiece of someone who was both a heroic Christian and one of history's great popular communicators.
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This re-telling of Bunyan's classic makes this amazing story much more accessible. Gone is the old fashioned and hard to understand english and in its place is beautifully written yet readable prose. The story has lost none of its imagery or impact but gained much through being a much easier read. The scriptural references are there (as in the original) along with helpful suggestions on how to re-read the book. Christian's epic journey along the 'narrow path' is as riveting as before and all the lessons he learns along the way as clear as day. This is an excellent book for anyone setting out on the Christian journey and equally useful for more mature Christians who may need reminding about all the pitfalls that await unwary travellers ...
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This is a delightful book from the 'parchment' cover to the list of unusual phrases at the back. The paper is thick, ivory coloured and tactile. The typeface is classic, with titles in fancy script, and story illustrated by those classic nineteenth century line drawings.
I haven't read Pilgrim's Progress before, and some of the sections are a little heavy, but the names and the locations are a hoot! They follow the Christian's story and trials he'll face on the way. As for the book, there are lots of extras - most sections have biblical references, and at the back is an explanation of the sections, timeline and places from John Bunyan's life as well as dictionery and phrases. Fascinating and good for uncertain Christians, and looks good on the coffee table.
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The majority of this work was written by Bunyan whilst he was imprisoned as a Nonconformist following the Restoration of 1660. Bunyan's experiences of persecution are deeply inscribed into his Christian allegory. It is a spiritual autobiography by a remarkable man who refused to allow anything to compromise his principles.
But it is also a work that is acutely perceptive and revealing about the psychological condition of the radical Protestant of his time. The visionary society of the English Republic had collapsed and Puritans were no longer the dominant force in society. The pressure was on Bunyan and other spiritual leaders among the Puritans to enthusiastically justify their beliefs and demonstrate their righteousness, as well as their radical credentials.
Bunyan's allegory is sometimes criticised for being too one dimensional, but there is a very good reason that this is one of the most highly read books in English. People in his own time could read between the lines and understand the allusions and social and historical forces that move behind the language; and his contemporary readers share with people since a sympathy in the spiritual experiences described allegorically in what is actually quite a good story.
Though the allegory is ostensibly not as deep as, say, Milton's in Paradise Lost, it is perhaps fair to say that it's tighter and more coherent. The importance of this work as literature cannot be denied, whether or not you agree with the sentiments or accept one's own removal from Bunyan and his contemporaries in history.
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"As I walk'd through the wilderness of this world, I lighted on a certain place, where was a Denn...." I think a large publisher used to claim that Pilgrims Progress had sold more copies than any other book written originally in English. The 2003 Oxford University Press edition has helpful footnotes and cover but has some obsolete spellings. Be warned that some publishers have footnotes and cover apparently contributed by Mr Worldly-Wiseman. I think there was a Collins Fount edition which had helpful footnotes/cover and modernised spelling.
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