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A Faerie Romance

by George MacDonald

Reviewed July 8, 2002.
Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1999.  First published in 1858.

Well, I love George MacDonald’s nonfiction, and I love his children’s fairy tales.  However, it was probably a big mistake to try to read this one when I was jet lagged.

This was nothing like a modern fantasy novel.  In some ways it was refreshingly like a fairy tale.  However, the incidents seemed disjointed and hard to follow when I was extremely tired.  I have a feeling there may have been deep symbolism that I completely missed.  C. S. Lewis, in the introduction, reports that when he read Phantastes, he “had crossed a great frontier.”  I found it interesting that he used the idea of a man’s Shadow being released and following him decades before Ursula LeGuin used the idea in The Wizard of Earthsea.

Other books by George MacDonald:
Knowing the Heart of God
Discovering the Character of God
Unspoken Sermons:  Series I, II, and III
The Hope of the Gospel
Wisdom To Live By
Miracles of Our Lord
George MacDonald in the Pulpit
Your Life in Christ

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