Wonderful read. Exceptional allegory of human beings and all of our attitudes, personalities, strengths, weaknesses, fears etc. When you finish the book you will want to start it all over again because you feel like you have taken the trip with Jesus and you don't want the trip to be over...you don't want Him to leave you just because your "trip" is done. Opens our eyes to our own personality traits as we easily recognize ourselves in the story. I read this book in the mid 70's, loaned it to a friend and have never seen it again. Bought this copy to re read; it was as good this time as it was 40 years ago.