‘As I slept, I dreamed a dream’
I don’t think I have the audacity to review this book, but it has to be included in any list of Christian fiction. We all know (or should know) of Vanity Fair, Doubting Castle, Giant Despair, the Delectable Mountains, the Slough of Despond. One of the best and most profound Christian allegories. Read it! If you find the original hard-going then get hold of the re-written children’s version by Geraldine McCaughrean. It’s not for purists, but it gives the flavour of the story and is great bedtime reading for children. She has changed some characters from men to women, which I prefer, and she has also moved the ‘valley of the shadow’ episode to after the land of Beulah and just before the river of Death, which seems to me to be more fitting. And her version has much better pictures than my rather Victorian simpering 19th century edition!