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I feel that older literature has this underestimated quality, being that the obsolete nature of their style becomes vanquished with time. This book provides the basic allegory of what a Christian's moral path should be, how he learns about the mire of the world, and how he can escape it. It hones in on the suffering a Christian must endure, but that this suffering will beget paradise with God and Jesus in heaven, and that if you welcome grace into your life, that grace will strengthen you on your journey. He uses names such as Obstinate and Pliable and has a guide named Evangelist. I mean, not really furtive but I feel that the intent wasn't to feint the reader, but to look within the message.
I would rate it higher - it's a fairly short read - but the style is very dated obviously, and the message is very Christian. This isn't a negative thing, it just really pushes the Christian agenda which can neglect how to be a real human being. To call the world the "City of Destruction" and the experiences of the world the "Mire of Despond" the irony is right in your face.