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Phantastes (Xist Classics) by [George MacDonald]

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Phantastes (Xist Classics) Kindle Edition

4.6 out of 5 stars 246 ratings

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"I was dead, and right content," the narrator says in the penultimate chapter of Phantastes. C.S. Lewis said that upon reading this astonishing 19th-century fairy tale he "had crossed a great frontier," and numerous others both before and since have felt similarly. In MacDonald's fairy tales, both those for children and (like this one) those for adults, the "fairy land" clearly represents the spiritual world, or our own world revealed in all of its depth and meaning. At times almost forthrightly allegorical, at other times richly dreamlike (and indeed having a close connection to the symbolic world of dreams), this story of a young man who finds himself on a long journey through a land of fantasy is more truly the story of the spiritual quest that is at the core of his life's work, a quest that must end with the ultimate surrender of the self. The glory of MacDonald's work is that this surrender is both hard won (or lost!) and yet rippling with joy when at last experienced. As the narrator says of a heavenly woman in this tale, "She knew something too good to be told." One senses the same of the author himself. --Doug Thorpe --This text refers to the paperback edition.

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(1824-1905) The great nineteenth-century innovator ofmodern fantasy, whose works influenced C. S. Lewis, J. R.R. Tolkien, and Charles Williams. "I do not write forchildren," MacDonald once said, "but for the childlike,whether of five, or fifty, or seventy-five."
--This text refers to the paperback edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B01348VHII
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Xist Classics (July 31, 2015)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ July 31, 2015
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 1284 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 197 pages
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
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    4.6 out of 5 stars 246 ratings

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Jonathan
4.0 out of 5 stars A surreal fantasy.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Gummed up pages
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Reviewed in Canada on September 2, 2020
I was so excited to receive this book as a gift for my husband. It is his all time favourite story and his original copy is worn to pieces. Our oldest son has taken an interest in the book so I thought a new copy for them to read together was in order!
When I received the package, which arrived quickly (thank you!), I was pretty disappointed to see this tar-like substance on the sides and top of the pages. It doesn't come off. I'm not sure what it even is!
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5.0 out of 5 stars 分からないなりに、楽しいです(笑)。
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