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Phantastes (Xist Classics) Kindle Edition
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About the Author
- Publication Date : July 31, 2015
- File Size : 1284 KB
- Print Length : 197 pages
- Publisher : Xist Classics (July 31, 2015)
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B01348VHII
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #309,937 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The first time I read it, I nearly stopped halfway because I was so lost. And yet I couldn't give up, either. I think it's because I dimly realized and connected the confusion at the beginning of the story to Anodos--a dreamer and idealist who cannot realize or bring about any of his beloved dreams and ideals. I wanted to know what would happen to this poor, pathetic dreamer, able to free an enchanted maiden with a song, but unable to free himself.
MacDonald's writing might seem at times to have no point at all, like a trip on LSD, as a reviewer mentioned above, but don't be deceived. MacDonald knew what he wrote, and believed that everything he meant could mean even more than he intended. (Check out his essay "The Fantastic Imagination" if you want more of his thoughts on what fantasy can do.)
And the story becomes more solid and straightforward (as straightforward as MacDonald gets, which is never very much) as it goes.
There is indeed a moral of the story, if you're enough of a "true man or woman" (in MacDonald's words) to listen, and of you have the courage to see it. He would encourage you to make, "not what you please" of this story, but rather "what you can."
Sometimes the language and images are gorgeous, sometimes not. We certainly see the cauldron out of which came 'The Princess and the Goblin' and MacDonald's other more familiar works--the beautiful woman of incredible old age, the healing bath, the fire that does not burn........'Open the eyes of your heart,' he is always urging, 'and see the miracles hidden everywhere.'
Top reviews from other countries
Recommended. Deliciously surreal.
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!