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George MacDonald eBooks

Few writers can portray goodness and evoke wonder as vividly as George MacDonald (1824-1905). Or create characters of such wisdom and spiritual insight. C.S.Lewis wrote: "I have never concealed the fact that I regarded him as my master; indeed I fancy I have never written a book in which I did not quote from him."

Below are some of MacDonald's books which my wife and I have loved and treasured for decades, reading them first as print copies, then in unabridged electronic (public domain) form. I've given these favorites additional proof-reading and tried to make their formatting more aesthetic and friendly.

Enjoy!
  Harold N Miller, Broadway, VA


 
 
Children's Fantasy

MacDonald is best remembered as the creator of beloved fantasies and fairy tales. He once declared, "I write, not for children, but for the child-like, whether they be of five, or fifty, or seventy-five."
The Princess and the Goblin-cover The Princess and the Goblin - my all-time favorite book! A story full of adventure and delight as a miner boy named Curdie befriends and rescues a young princess. Also the most profound parable of faith ever written. (Read it to see if I'm overstating!) G. K. Chesterton said that this story, which had been read to him in the nursery, was a book that "made a difference to my whole existence, which helped me to see things in a certain way from the start." This eBook contains images.
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At the Back of the North Wind-cover At the Back of the North Wind - story about a cab horse in Victorian London and, especially, the cabman's son. This innocent yet perceptive boy encounters a glorious, trusted-but-terrifying, lovely lady named North Wind who takes him on her journeys, teaching him about life and death. Full of poverty, poetry, wise faith, and wonder. MacDonald's most published work. This eBook contains images.
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The Wise Woman-coverThe Wise Woman (or A Double Story) - a feast for the imagination and also a story with profound insight into character-building and parenting. A woman of mysterious powers pays visits to two very different young girls — one is a princess and one ... well, read and find out!
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Realistic (Non-Fantasy) Novels
Those of us who love these books do so not because of literary quality (which is middling to good) but because of MacDonald. Oswald Chambers said, "How I love that man!" C.S.Lewis said, "I know hardly any other writer who seems to be closer...to the Spirit of Christ." Out of MacDonald's life and faith come characters who draw us by their calm, wise presence and great-hearted vision of God.
David Elginbrod-cover David Elginbrod - story of a father who could not be wiser or nobler, a daughter blossoming into true womanhood, and, especially, a young tutor. A clever mystery lies at the heart of the story. During part of the book the reader is frustrated, even angry, with a character — MacDonald is developing our soul by making us feel that way! Much dialogue is in broad Scots which at times can seem a completely different language; this edition gives the definition in superscript of some words difficult to deduce — unsightly but I trust helpful.
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Ranald Bannerman's Boyhood-cover Ranald Bannerman's Boyhood - story of a young boy growing up in a Scottish manse. Through the help of many memorable characters and many misadventures, Ranald learns needed lessons of friendship and integrity. A New York reviewer wrote in 1871 that the book is "full of boy-life and true goodness." Largely taken from autobiographical incidents, it presents MacDonald's boyhood in fictional form. This eBook contains many images.
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Stephen Archer-cover Stephen Archer - short story (perhaps 16 pages) on the transformation of an earnest young bookseller in Dickensian England. Gives a quick taste of many MacDonald themes: the experience of hopeless poverty, a person awakening to healthy spirituality (and life!), and a woman as the wise one.
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What's Mine's Mine-cover What's Mine's Mine - story of two young men who are brothers, one the chief or macruadh of their once-mighty but now impoverished clan, and two young women who are wealthy sisters from the south. Readers get a vivid glimpse of life in MacDonald's beloved rugged Scottish highlands in the mid-1800's. Also of sweet romance; and deepening character and spirituality—"Am I willing to let what is mine be God's?"
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Robert Falconer-cover Robert Falconer - story of a good-hearted, perceptive Scottish boy searching for his father and for a God of love amid the stern religion of his grandmother. Written in 1868 and largely autobiographical, the book gives a vivid description of Scotland and London in that time. Like all of MacDonald's works, everything is permeated by a mysterious sense of another reality, and we gain much true spiritual and practical insight as we follow Robert's discoveries and friendships. Much dialogue is in broad Scots with some words difficult to deduce; this edition gives their definitions in superscript — unsightly but helpful.
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Castle Warlock-cover Castle Warlock: A Homely Romance - story of young Cosmo, heir of the once proud and mighty but now impoverished Warlock family in the harsh Scottish Highlands. We see true goodness embodied as the boy becomes a man, full of love for his ancestral land, the homely castle and, most of all, his noble father. Plot builds on an unfolding tale of a murdered sea captain in the family and an unexpected visit of a lovely young lady. Much dialogue is in broad Scots with some words difficult to deduce; this edition gives their definitions in superscript — unsightly but helpful.
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The Elect Lady-cover The Elect Lady - story of Alexa, whose father has inherited a large, ancient Scottish estate. We watch love triangles build and resolve, wonder if ones consumed with riches can choose redemption. MacDonald's God-breathed, practical wisdom shines through it all, particularly in the words and actions of a poor, godly poet-farmer and a valued servant girl—and the memorable description of their friendship as children. Occasional dialogue in broad Scots can have words difficult to deduce; this edition gives some definitions in superscript — unsightly but helpful. This edition also trims some of the thick, hard-to-read passages.
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