This story took me by surprise. Here is an opening from Wangerin’s site: “At a time when the sun turned around the earth and animals could speak, Chauntecleer the Rooster ruled over a more or less peaceable kingdom. What the animals did not know was that they were Keepers of the Wyrm, monster of Evil long imprisoned beneath the earth. And Wyrm, sub terra, was breaking free…” I didn’t expect to be engrossed by a farmyard fable, or moved by the story of a slightly arrogant rooster who must learn to protect his people from evil, but I found this to be a powerful tale of humble, workaday hearts encountering evil and resisting its dominance. Fascinating. Excellent for discussion.
The Pilgrim's Regress
By C.S. Lewis
Written soon after his conversion to Christianity, this is C.S. Lewis’ allegorical tale of his search through all the philosophical systems and world views for the beauty and home he glimpsed in his moments of “Joy.” In this story, a sturdy young pilgrim named John embarks on a quest through lands such as “Puritania,” “Zeitgeistheim,” and “Dialectica,” in search of the island of his desire, an image he has encountered in vision, the place where he will find the joy he seeks. He is guided on his way by various characters like Mr. Enlightenment, Mr Sensible, Drudge, Vertue, and Mother Kirk. The philosophical ideals behind each allegorical character are quite clear, but Lewis, in his usual flare and wit, dresses them up and sets them in a story that is at once a philosophical adventure and a lively quest story.