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Pilgrim's Progress (Wordsworth Classics of World Literature) Paperback – December 5, 1999
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"I like it, and my students like it. The notes will tell them what they need to know."--Gail McGrew Eifrig, Valparaiso University
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Access to Bunyan's scripture references gives the serious reader the opportunity to better his or her understanding of Bunyan's work while Hazelbaker's references and annotations also compliment the text. Hazelbaker, for example, elaborates on the importance of the seal that a Shining One (an angel) places upon Christian's forehead and on the Document given to him. Hazelbaker also offers his audience a clear and detailed understanding of the "Family" that resides in the palace called Beautiful. The reader will appreciate Hazelbaker's explanation of Bunyan's reference to "the goods of Rome" at Vanity Fair and why it would have been significant to the first readers of The Pilgrim's Progress. Hazelbaker also takes the time to explain to the reader why he uses the word "coat" for "bosom." These are only a few of the many helpful annotations Hazelbaker includes in his work.
In studying Hazelbaker's translation I referred to an early edition of Bunyan's several times.Read more ›
The book begins with an apology from the author in the form of prose - John Bunyan was a very humble man who spent years in prison for his religious beliefs. My copy also includes a fascimile of the orginal title page from the first edition. The story follows the life of a man named Christian and his travels through the world, trying to find the Celestial city and have the burden on his back removed. As with everything in this story, there is no hiding the truth about who the characters are and what they want with the protagonist - all of the names are quite literal in their descriptions of the characters. For example, he encounters people named Piety, Simple, Sloth, and Presumption. And throughout the story, his burden is literally a heavy weight on his back.
The book has two section, both written in the similitude of a dream. The language is rich and beautiful (which is why I recommend the un-modified version), and sends a message of faith and optimism. I highly recommend it.
One caveat. I recommend that you read the book in its original and in the old English version. A few years ago I purchased a hardcopy that touted itself as being in modern English but that diminished the text considerably. I believe this book is of much literary value; so much so that even non-Christians can profit greatly from this book. Don't put off reading this gem because you assume that it's for Christians only. I am waiting for another Kindle version that will link the biblical references to a Bible thus making it feasible to read the verses referenced. But for the cost of this version, FREE, you cannot go wrong. An ABSOLUTE MUST read. Very highly recommended.
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I always wanted to read this book after reading the children's version in the 4th grade.
Now I see how good the original story is
This wasn't a bad book - again it was for school, so I was "forced" to read itPublished 8 days ago by dliburd
Excellently written. We have a problem in modern societies in that we have lost the practice of reading. Read morePublished 14 days ago by K7GDM
The Elizabethan version, though wonderful to many, doesn't have the clarity, nor even the beauty of this particular English version. The modern composition is so very well done.Published 16 days ago by Dave English
I purchased this book for a friend and recommend it to all I encounter who wish to understand how to journey in the Christian faith.Published 20 days ago by Susan Nash