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George MacDonald: Images of His World. Photographs by Larry E. Fink, Biography by Rolland Hein Unknown Binding – 2004

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  • Unknown Binding: 110 pages
  • Publisher: Pasture Spring Press (2004)
  • ASIN: B000KH6X4A
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,986,503 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Toss aside "Life Magazine: 70 Years" and "The Ansel Adams Collection". "George MacDonald: Images of His World" is quite enough to beautify your coffee table! Organized in two parts, "Images" first presents a brief biography of MacDonald's life and then, in the second portion, let's MacDonald himself interact with the reader by pairing quotes from books and letters with pictures from his world. The strength of the book is in the care with which each image is associated with an appropriate text. Are you a floriculturist? If you are than MacDonald's description of a prayer-flower from "Lilith" will communicate sufficiently:

"...[it] suggested an anemone, was of pale rose hue, and had a golden heart."

If you're like me and can't discern between a sea anemone and the flower variety, a picture is quite helpful! But Larry Fink goes beyond simply providing a picture of flower. He puts in the effort to find an anemone exactly as MacDonald describes; i.e., one of pale rose hue with a golden heart. The same is true throughout the book as Fink and erudite MacDonald scholar Rolland Hein work in concert to provide much insight into MacDonald's work and world through each image and quote.

If you are familiar with MacDonald's writings, you may be aware he often thinly veils events and places from his life. For example "Malcolm" is replete with descriptions of sheer cliffs and crumbling castles from Scotland. "Images" capitalizes on this opportunity by providing no shortage of stunning Scottish images. Examples include Findlater Castle on the North Sea and a lovely picture south of Huntly that prefaces the biography.

The one weakness of the book could be addressed in a future edition: typographical errors.
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