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Pilgrim's Progress Hardcover – Abridged, March 1, 2005
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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 ›
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.
My only reservation about this "Pilgrim's Progress" is that it's not merely a retelling in modern English. It's actually a retelling *and a condensation.* All of Bunyan's poetry has been removed, and many episodes have been streamlined. To give just one example of the latter, when Christiana and her companions are on their way to the Interpreter's House, in the original they encounter two "ill-favored ones" (demons, presumably) who try to persuade Christiana to grant a "request." Christiana and the demons have words back and forth before the Reliever comes to Christiana's aid. In the "Today's English" version, this entire episode is boiled down to two sentences, with no dialog. (If you are interested in a modern English edition with no condensation, I recommend The Modern English Edition of Pilgrim's Progress.)
This kind of condensation is fine as long as the reader knows what he's getting. Unfortunately, the product description and cover blurb for this volume do not make it clear.
The Kindle version is well produced, with a linked table of contents and linked footnotes.
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