Although Lewis wrote this volume years ago, and Lewis needs no recommendation from me, this is a publishing milestone in this freshly annotated edition by David C. Downing. The Lewis volume, perhaps his toughest to penetrate, is opened up to us in such a greater way.
As for the book itself, it is an allegory in the vein of John Bunyan, yet in the style of Lewis. His Pilgrim takes quite a journey! Puritania captures legalism quite profoundly. Lewis fans will love it while new readers will enjoy taking in on.
The thing that stands out to me is how much I would have missed without Downing’s notes. I must confess that I would not have known most of what he shared had he not given this help. Downing has successfully taken a book that sounds well but would likely lose the reader and makes it more able to stand on the shelves as an equal to his other volumes. I imagine even Lewis himself would appreciate this edition.
It comes in a lovely hardback and includes original illustrations. All in all, this is a keepsake that I highly recommend.
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