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Donal Grant. Paul Faber Surgeon. George and St. Michael - Volume I. The Golden Key. Far Above Rubies. Annals of a Quiet Neighbourhood. George And St. Michael Vol. Cross Purposes and The Shadows. The Flight of the Shadow. Here some excerpts which will speak for themselves The only harm is in doing what Fear tells you. Laugh in his face and he will run away But there is a light that goes deeper than the will, a light that lights up the darkness behind it: that light can change your will, can make it truly yours and not another's --not the Shadows My full recommendation with five stars to you all Mar 25, Karly Noelle Noelle rated it it was amazing Shelves: favorites.
George MacDonald is one of the most severely underrated authors of all time. A contemporary to Lewis Caroll and major influence on C. Lewis and J.
Incredibl George MacDonald is one of the most severely underrated authors of all time. Ultimately, it is a story of the nature of evil and the hope of redemption but it is packed with literary allusion and stunning imagery that the reader will not soon forget. Mar 01, Meg Powers rated it really liked it.
Both deal with fantastic travel Lilith with inter-dimensional travel, Arcturus with inter-planetary travel as a means of religious and spiritual discovery. Both drag you on a harrowing journey, where many questions go unanswered. Lilith , however, is blatantly Christian. It is fun to read a fantasy novel that illustrates the milestones of Christianity, particularly Creation and the Resurrection, using quirky versio This was an interesting book to read after David Lindsay's A Voyage to Arcturus.
It is fun to read a fantasy novel that illustrates the milestones of Christianity, particularly Creation and the Resurrection, using quirky versions of Biblical characters.
The Narnia series,which was hugely influenced by MacDonald, handles these ideas more elegantly through allegory and better writing, but Lilith is still an interesting read. The book is focused on death: living is life in death, every immoral action is a new death, death is actually life, etc. These philosophies are often delivered gravely by a talking raven, and in a confusing semantic manner similar to any other talking animal in a Lewis Carroll story.
This gets a bit tedious and confusing,because MacDonald's writing juggles between clunky and to-the-point and lushly poetic. However, there were enough monsters,beautiful ladies,and mutilations to balance this out. The Narnia series has always been very important to me, so it was fun to read a book that so directly influenced C. Hidden mundane objects in country houses used as portals to another world, speaking animals, fantastical Christian allegory-it's all in there. Lilith is mildly gothic, but certainly not as terrifying as Lewis's The Last Battle ,which is downright apocalyptic.
Personally, I imagined this book's world through a filter of cheesy BBC video quality, like the music video for the Cure's "Charlotte Sometimes" or an episode of Doctor Who. That's just me. I think it's because there is a lot of wandering through a British country house in the beginning. Lilith is worth the read if you're a fan of C. Lewis and would like to see a direct influence.
It's got some beautiful,solemn,creepy bits, and good descriptions of hideous beings. If you're remotely Catholic, it might freak you out a little. It triggered my ingrained Catholic terror of the afterlife. So I suppose this was a good choice for Lent. Aug 02, Christopher Bunn rated it it was amazing. I'm a fan of George MacDonald for his fantasies and for his children's books. His two older fantasies, Lilith and Phantases, are difficult to read and they're difficult to pigeon-hole. But why do we even want to pigeon-hole things in the first place? Oh, right. Anyway, like I said, Lilith is not the easiest book to read.
Perhaps it's partially due to the era MacDonald was writing in, but he certainly isn't pandering to the lowest denominator here. The story is a haunting tale of a man I'm a fan of George MacDonald for his fantasies and for his children's books. The story is a haunting tale of a man named Vane who travels to another reality where he learns about life and death and sin and redemption. That's the nutshell. The name Lilith, which refers to one of the characters in the story, is also the name given to Adam's first wife in traditional Jewish folklore I think, if I have my facts straight.
Part horror, part romance, part fantasy, part theological treatise, and part philosophical musing, Lilith has to be experienced for any true fantasy connoisseur. I won't guarantee that you'll like it, but I guarantee there are shining jewels in it that'll make you think or, at the least, make you uneasy. By the way, reading Lilith and MacDonald's other fantasies makes it fairly easy to see his influence on CS Lewis' fantasies. MacDonald is very much a thinker's fantasist. I'm combing through my memory files but I can't think of many who fall into that category and they seem to become fewer and fewer, the closer the date approaches What others would qualify?
Anyway, Lilith: difficult, maddening, puzzling, but definitely worth it. Apr 01, Amanda G. What to say about this book?
Well, it's the darker companion to Phantastes. It's an immersive fantasy dream-experience that transcends plot though it has one. It's a Christian exhortation to the reader: die to self if you would live forever. It is by turns odd, humorous, witty, sweet, downright chilling, and glorious. It's often a blend of The Pilgrim's Progress and Alice in Wonderland , but I love it more than both those books put together.
Lilith begins as a man called Vane steps through a mi What to say about this book? Lilith begins as a man called Vane steps through a mirror into a vividly detailed fantasy world. His guide is an old librarian who, in the alternate realm, appears as a raven and offers him both practical advice and spiritual challenges and their arguments on metaphysics, not without wordplay, leave no doubt as to MacDonald's influence on Lewis Carroll. Midway through the book, Vane's path crosses that of Lilith--yes, the same Lilith who, in Jewish mythology, was the rebellious first wife of Adam, replaced with Eve.
As anyone who knows MacDonald will expect, the journeys of Vane and Lilith each illustrate the Christian's journey to redemption. He writes said journey with so many layers--of justice, mercy, sorrow, love for fellow man, willful sin vs. If all that sounds preachy, well, I never found the book to be so. I walked in the protagonist's footprints, saw the fantasy realm as he saw it, felt the pricking of his heart in my own. MacDonald wrote with a profound awareness of eternity I've never found in any other writer except perhaps in the song lyrics of Rich Mullins.
That bright and beautiful view is perhaps at its most resplendent in Lilith. Jul 15, Veronica rated it it was amazing. Do not make the mistake of trying to understand each nuance- that would be like trying to understand all the symbolism of a Salvador Dali painting. Yes, the story is confusing, along the lines of Alice in Wonderland, and no, I honestly don't think MacDonald is a great writer. His power lies in his imagination and his ability to communicate realities about the human condition through these wild flights of fantasy. Lilith is ultimately a story about a terribly wicked woman and an ordinarily-selfish man who both find redemption through rest and sorrow, rather than their own strength.
In between all this are desert monsters, skeleton dances, mirrors into other worlds, waking, sleeping, and a creepy librarian. Oh, not to mention MacDonald's weird poetry. Lilith and Phantastes are MacDonald's less-accessible books. If you haven't read MacDonald yet shame on you then you should start with The Princess and the Goblin or his fairy tales Photogen and Nycteris is my favorite.
Then move on to his masterpieces! Mar 29, J. MacDonald seems to discover the story he wanted to tell partway through, which caused a sensation of discontinuity between the story I thought I was reading and the story I turned out to be reading, ten or twenty chapters in. Some hopes the early chapters inspired were not fulfilled by the later chapters. Some horrors sprang upon me, unexpected but not unwelcome in an otherwise whimsical book.
Don't read MacDonald for his plots or his writing style. Read him for his characters, the curiosity Odd. Read him for his characters, the curiosity of his images, and the well-phrased philosophic observations sprinkled throughout his tales. View 1 comment. MacDonald is not a typical writer. He was a priest, or, in the words of Wikipedia, a Christian minister.
Why's that of importance? Because, the folk and the shepherds may use the same language, but not in the same way. This is not something that the reader will realise halfway through the story. The very first paragraph reads: " I was impressed as if some ancient and altogether admirable and shining family had settled there in that part of the land called Concord, unknown to me,--to whom the sun was servant,-- who had not gone into society in the village,--who had not been called on".
You get the point. However, the story is impeccable. The characters are ever changing. The plot is masterfully weaved. This is indeed a fairytale of faith or a work of fiction, or fantasy, on religion. It is so much in fact, that not unless you take the time to read it, will you realise the depths and the widths to which this novel extends. Even calling this a novel hurts its true nature. Parallel words, creatures, embodiments of notions, respectable axioms, believed vices, valuable ethics You need to savour this story to get to grips with what a truly holistic view of faith can produce.
The second of MacDonald's adult fiction I've read. I come to them via C S Lewis's enthusiasm for his writings. This is partly true of my response to "Lilith". Three will do as examples. He shows all worst elements of the Victorian period in this area. Dora Copperfield. View all 4 comments. Aug 17, M. George MacDonald stands apart singularly in my reading experiences. Lewis said that every page he wrote plagiarized MacDonald's ideas, and also admitted that MacDonald was not a great writer in the quality of his prose. I agree fully on the later and see his point with the former.
In his favor, MacDonald's adult fantasy work is great reading because he has the most distinctly confident and original ideas for myths that I have ever read. His fantastic worlds are wholly original and inspired. His spiritual and philosophical components require deep mediation and are generally inspiring and quotable.
On the other hand, both due to the period of the writing and to his own verbose and exhausting communication, passages can drone and quickly lose the modern reader's interest. Overall, Lilith is well worth a read. It deals with alternate planes, world mythologies and religion, and fleshes out the concepts of good, evil, forgiveness and restoration in a way that contains real elements of horror and exquisite visions of recreation.
It takes some work, but I believe I shall mull upon it for many years. Aug 09, Jenna rated it it was amazing Shelves: favorites. This is perhaps my favorite book of all time. It does not get enough good press. It is definitely MacDonald's magnum opus. I would recommend it to all fantasy-lovers and readers just looking for something refreshingly different.
Like most of George MacDonald's work, Lilith does have strong religious undertones, but they are presented in a unique way that I don't believe will offend or even distract non-religious readers. The religious content is comparable to that in the works of CS Lewis. I pro This is perhaps my favorite book of all time. I promise this book will be unlike anything you've ever read before or will ever read again. I would highly recommend all of MacDonald's fantasy works, but Lilith is definitely my favorite.
I would welcome discussion on this book with anyone who has read it! MacDonald was a big influence on C. Lewis, as many know. Lewis acknowledges this in the preface to this edition. MacDonald was a universalist, which is quite apparent in reading Lilith. The entire premise of the book requires one to enter a world where universalism is presupposed.
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