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The Gifts of the Child Christ and Other Stories and Fairy Tales Paperback – April, 1996

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McDonald made his name as a writer through his fairy tales, and this title, originally published as a two-volume set in 1973, contains all his best stories plus illustrations.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Paperback: 558 pages
  • Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company; Rev Sub edition (April 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802841651
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802841650
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #448,282 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on February 3, 1998
Format: Paperback
My wife gave me this book for Christmas; she new I liked C.S. Lewis and that he counted Geo MacD as his mentor. I can heartily recommend this volume to anyone. The variety of style is what struck me the most: some of these I will read aloud to my children, some made me laugh out loud, and others left me scratching my head as to what the author was alluding to. Geo MacD has great insight into human nature, revealing our innermost thoughts so we can see we are not so different from the next guy. If you have heard of the author but aren't quite sure you would like him, try this one --- you'll know instantly!
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George MacDonald was one of the greatest, perhaps the greatest, 19th Century fantasist, and a key influence on C. S. Lewis. He was a Unitarian minister, and much of his fiction was essentially religious. I am particularly fond of his children's novels, At the Back of the North Wind, The Princess and the Goblin, and The Princess and Curdie. He also wrote adult novels, most importantly Phantastes and Lilith.

He also wrote a lot of shorter fiction. Much of the best is collected in The Gifts of the Child Christ and Other Stories, selected by Glenn Edward Sadler. Two of the very best are "The Light Princess", a very funny story about a princess with no gravity, either of spirit or physically; and "The Golden Key", a lovely symbolic story about a boy and a girl and their long journey together. Other highlights are "The Wise Woman, or The Lost Princess", a long story (35,000 words or so) about a spoiled princess and a spoiled shepherd's child and the efforts of an old wise woman to reform them; the title story, about how the daughter of a too serious man and his neglected young wife brings them together after their younger child is stillborn; "The Carasoyn" (or "The Fairy Fleet"), about a young man and his less than enjoyable involvement with a group of fairies and their queen; "The History of Photogen and Nycteris" (or "The Day Boy and the Night Girl"), about two babies kidnapped by an evil fairy, the boy brought up only in daylight, the girl only in darkness; and "The Cruel Painter" is a fine story about a painter who insisted on distorting his scenes to bring out the worst in their subjects, and the young man who falls in love with his daughter and comes to work as his apprentice.
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I too was first introduced to George MacDonald by way of CS. Lewis. A friend gave me this book, "for recreation" during my busy final term in college- and it has become one of the most highly prized works in my collection. This series of short stories and fairy tales will enchant anyone who already loves Hans Christian Anderson or delights in "wonder" tales, and anyone looking for fresh parables and expressions of Christian faith.

Highly recommended!
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I bought this book more than 10 years ago, but still love it. MacDonald wrote short stories that are, in my view, as good as his longer novels.

This version provides a good introduction to MacDonald's style of writing without having to follow his style of writing for a long work, which is helpful. I find his novels can get a little long-winded, but the short stories are quite good for me.

The physical characteristics of the book are good. After all, it's held up across 10 years of reading, sitting on the shelf, and being moved!
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I first encountered this book while in college, studying art and design.
Thirty years later George MacDonald is still one of my favorite writers. Mr. MacDonald writes for the child and the adult who needs to be reminded of childlike wisdom!
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By A Customer on January 16, 2004
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The stories in this volume are so original and intriguing.
George MacDonald writes multi-layered tales that make great read aloud stories for children and fascinating studies for adults.
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