The Pilgrim's Progress

John Bunyan

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The Pilgrim's Progress is a book by English writer and Puritan preacher John Bunyan, first published in 1678. A Christian allegory that tells the story of a man named Christian who sets out on a journey from the City of Destruction, aiming to reach the Celestial City, which represents heaven, via the Slough of Despond, Vanity Fair and Doubting Castle. Along the way, he faces various obstacles and temptations, and meets a variety of characters who help or hinder him on his journey. Using the metaphor of a journey to explore the Christian life and the struggles that believers face on their way to salvation, the book is notable for its vivid descriptions of the landscapes and characters that Christian encounters on his journey, as well as for its use of Christian symbolism and imagery. The book is considered a classic of Christian literature, that has been widely read and studied for over 300 years, and has been translated into many languages.

№ 1 in The Guardian's 100 Best Novels Written In English.

№ 2 in The Guardian's 100 Greatest Novels Of All Time.

Part of the Harvard Classics set.

This book has 168,317 words, 230 pages in the PDF version, and was originally published in 1678. This edition is taken from George Offor's 'Works of John Bunyan', first published in 1855.

Production notes: This ebook of The Pilgrim's Progress was published by Global Grey on the 6th December 2018, and updated on the 14th January 2023. The artwork used for the cover is 'Allegory of Salvation' by Antonius Heusler.

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