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Annals of a Quiet Neighbourhood (George MacDonald Original Works) Hardcover – July 10, 1995

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About the Author

George MacDonald was a Scottish author and minister best known for his fairy tales and fantasy novels. A theologian, MacDonald was pastor of Trinity Congregational Church in Arundel before moving to London to teach at the University of London. MacDonald s work influenced many fantasy writers including J. R. R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, and Madeleine L Engle; he is recognized as a mentor to Lewis Carroll and heavily influenced Carroll s decision to submit Alice s Adventures in Wonderland for publication. MacDonald was a prolific writer, and penned such fantasy classics as Phantastes, The Princess and the Goblin, and Lillith. George MacDonald died in 1905. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
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Product Details

  • Series: George MacDonald Original Works
  • Hardcover: 590 pages
  • Publisher: Johannesen (July 10, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1881084299
  • ISBN-13: 978-1881084297
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 5.2 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,881,071 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Shirley on August 23, 2013
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Having spent 38 years with my husband in the pastorate, I found the book to be relevant, reverent, and realistic. Our internal struggles of growth plus the stress of dealing with others' difficult problems caused us to lean on the Lord continually for guidance and wisdom. The author, a former Pastor, portrays all of this in a slower-paced novel set in the 1800s. His ability to apply spiritual understandings to everyday people/problems is unsurpassed. I admire MacDonald's writings, and would go so far to say he's my favorite author.
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I'd gladly recommend this novel to anyone in pastoral ministry, involved in the "cure of souls." It relates the ministry of a pastor new to his parish and the relationships that he encounters in the course of his service to the community, as well as his own interior wrestling over personal matters. It's slow paced (as befits a story written in the late 1800s), but wonderful.
It's hard to tell how much might be autobiographical from George MacDonald's own life, but clearly his interest in ministering to the hearts and souls of people comes through.
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I love George MacDonald's writings. They require slower reading, come from a time when people had the time to meditate on higher values and the importance of leaving a true life. Mr. McDonald shows how a true life in the spirit is woven into our life through the simple events of every day life.
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while the author does good credit to his subject I must say I expected somewhat more from this author. My Kindle forced me to read most of this book twice from failure to mark my pages when closing it for temporary respite but my old memory is now so poor that my interest in it didn't suffer much from it. I particularly enjoyed his treatment of deathbed vigils, English cultural attention to class distinctions and attitudes towards it. Great character development as expected from George. A definite four star.
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The text of this book is excellent, readable, enjoyable, and moving. However, the illustrations opposite pp. 8, 42,308, and 338 are either blurred or 1/2-2/3 blanked. Returned first copy to Amazon and received a second copy--it too has the same problem with illustrations. Bill A.
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