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Book Club - Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan

On the 18th February we got together to discuss the latest book that we had been reading.  Before discussing the book we were very lucky to hear from Irene Simmons whose ancestors knew John Bunyan. She had made up a time-line of John Bunyan's life including the national events of the time with pictures to illustrate and also had a collection of pictures that showed places in Bedfordshire which John Bunyan knew and which may have prompted Bunyan's imagination.

There are two parts to the book. The first part is about Christian and his journey from the City of Destruction to the Celestial City and was published in 1678; the second part, is about the same journey taken by Christiana (Christian’s wife) and her children, and was published in 1684. We all thought that the second part was softer and more tender.

We found the book surprisingly modern and erudite. The number of biblical references was really amazing.  The book was a very worthwhile read and relevant to us some 300 years after it was written. People had different editions of the book, including one on the kindle. Some of these were easier to understand being written in more up to date English.

If you haven’t read it, we would heartily recommend it. There will be a copy in the library.

The next meeting will be on 10th June. The book is yet to be decided.

Anne Pelham