The Land of Far Beyond by Enid Blyton was inspired by John Bunyan's The Pilgrim's Progress. Blyton put her own spin for her readers. This is by far, one of my most favourite books from her and would recommend it for anyone young and old. The original copy can be found in the Public Domain.
The story is about a boy named Peter and his two sisters, Anna and Patience who set out in a group of 10, in search of the City of Happiness. If they are successful, they will be able to get rid of the burdens they carry on their backs.
In this Chapter, it really makes you realise how easy it is get distracted. Humans seem to need a lot of validation, swaying from the path with ease.
So after resting well at The House of Peace, the group of six decide they would do all it takes to stay on the narrow path that leads to the City of Happiness. But once they leave the house, they start feeling irritated. Especially the only grownup left.
So he walks ahead and that makes him even more upset. Bored with his own company, he joins a couple who then introduce him to two friends. Gossip, Talkative, Brag and Boastful are the worse time wasters.. or the best, depending on how you look at it. Not only did they lead the group off the path, but they also filled them with all sorts of tall tales.
How will they ever reach the City of Happiness with all these unwanted distractions?
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