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The Pilgrims of Hope   By: (1834-1896)

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The Pilgrims of Hope, written by William Morris, is a thought-provoking and insightful novel that takes readers on a journey of self-discovery and resilience. Set in a dystopian future, the story follows a group of characters who embark on a pilgrimage in search of hope and meaning in a world seemingly devoid of both.

From the very beginning, Morris captivates readers with his vivid descriptions and rich world-building. The post-apocalyptic setting is beautifully rendered, immersing readers in a bleak yet poetic landscape that mirrors the characters' internal struggles. Morris effortlessly combines elements of fantasy, science fiction, and social commentary, creating a story that transcends genres and delves into deeper philosophical questions.

One of the novel's greatest strengths lies in its characters. Each member of the pilgrimage represents a different facet of humanity, bringing a unique perspective to the narrative. Morris's attention to detail and his ability to flesh out even the most minor characters is commendable. The protagonists are flawed yet relatable, and their personal growth throughout the story is inspiring.

Moreover, The Pilgrims of Hope delves into complex themes such as the nature of hope, the disillusionment with society, and the search for purpose in a world in disarray. Morris raises thought-provoking questions about the impact of technology, consumerism, and societal structures on the human spirit. Through beautifully crafted dialogues and introspective monologues, he challenges readers to reflect on their own lives and consider what truly gives them hope and fulfillment.

While the novel excels in terms of its writing and thematic depth, some readers might find the pace a bit slow at times. Morris's lyrical prose, though captivating, occasionally sacrifices momentum, which could deter those seeking a more fast-paced plot. However, for those willing to embrace the novel's introspective nature, this will not be a significant issue.

In conclusion, The Pilgrims of Hope is a compelling and thought-provoking novel that lingers in the reader's mind long after the final page. William Morris's impeccable storytelling and vivid imagination create a captivating reading experience that explores the intrinsic human need for hope in the face of adversity. Through its memorable characters and profound themes, this book offers a profound exploration of the human condition and invites readers to question their own beliefs and values.

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This etext was produced from the 1915 Longmans, Green and Company edition by David Price, email


by William Morris


The Message of the March Wind The Bridge and the Street Sending to the War Mother and Son New Birth The New Proletarian In Prison and at Home The Half of Life Gone A New Friend Ready to Depart A Glimpse of the Coming Day Meeting The War Machine The Story's Ending


Fair now is the springtide, now earth lies beholding With the eyes of a lover the face of the sun; Long lasteth the daylight, and hope is enfolding The green growing acres with increase begun.

Now sweet, sweet it is through the land to be straying Mid the birds and the blossoms and the beasts of the field; Love mingles with love, and no evil is weighing On thy heart or mine, where all sorrow is healed.

From township to township, o'er down and by tillage Far, far have we wandered and long was the day, But now cometh eve at the end of the village, Where over the grey wall the church riseth grey.

There is wind in the twilight; in the white road before us The straw from the ox yard is blowing about; The moon's rim is rising, a star glitters o'er us, And the vane on the spire top is swinging in doubt... Continue reading book >>

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