Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! All you have to do is grab the book you’re currently reading, open to a random page and share two sentences from that page. But make sure you don’t share any spoilers!
The book my sentences come from is The Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan. One of the oldest books in publication, it has never been out of print since its first publication in 1678, and is considered one of the most important works of English religious literature ever written. Essentially it follows the journey of the main protagonist, Christian, on his journey from this world, The City of Destruction, to the next life, Heaven. The story is peppered with references to and quotations from the Bible, and the book is sending a very clear message throughout – follow the righteous path and when your day of judgment comes, you will be allowed entry to Heaven.
Now, I know not everyone is into religion, I myself am not. The reason I picked this book up is because it was mentioned during a lecture in my university class as a text that is frequently used as a comparative text to Robinson Crusoe (which we were studying at the time), so I decided I’d give it a read to make my own comparisons. It’s very interesting to see the difference in form in the forty-ish years between the publication of each, Robinson Crusoe having been published in 1719. So even if religion is not your thing, I would recommend this book purely to see how the thing that many of us love so much – books, and the novel as a form – have changed over the centuries, especially if you are studying literature. Anyway, enough of the babbling. Here are my two sentences from The Pilgrim’s Progress.