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3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.
The Fantasy that inspired so many others
Phantastes is a fantasy into which you must immerse yourself to appreciate. (Phantastes was the novel that C.S. Lewis said baptized his imagination.) The central character, Anodos, steps out of our world and enters a fantastic world, rich in imagery and full of memorable sub-plots. Like many of MacDonald's other stories, it is a story of death, but as C.S Lewis was quick to notice, it is a good death.
What I love most about MacDonald's romantic fantasies are the beautiful images he paints, the interwoven sub-plots, and the deep truths that under-gird his stories. His meandering style (mentioned above) helps me to lose myself in the story rather than trying to guess at where he might be going with every twist or turn. I also like the fact that you never really leave his stories behind. Instead, you go on thinking about them, returning to them, wondering and wandering about them. MacDonald's protagonists are continually stepping into and out of the present, everyday world and the fantastic, extraordinary other-world. I find this simply fascinating.
If you are like stories that are both deep and rich in imagination, you're likely to enjoy Phantastes. (If you wish to add this book to your home library, I like the ones published by Johannesen best. They have a lovely binding and are facsimiles of the original printing. If you prefer paperback, then I recommend Eerdmans because they include C.S. Lewis' introduction.)
posted by Holy-Quest on August 29, 2010Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.
Travels through Fairy Land, by one of Lewis' and Tolkien's favorite authors.
posted by MLucero on April 3, 2009Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 23, 2010
An immersive and Heartwarming Fairy Tale
This book is filled with awe and wonder, illustrating an imaginative fairy tale world inhabited by timeless characters. The story is heartwarming, although its allegorical imagery is about impossible to decipher, and the author's poetry within the book is not even the second best I have read. But if you can get passed these subtle disappointments, it's overall a very good story, and it sucked me right in from the very beginning. I highly recommend it.
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Posted January 5, 2011
Posted May 24, 2000
Deep, Heady, Meditative
This is the first book I read after THE PRINCESS AND CURDIE, and I do recommend it. If you enjoy getting lost in a haze of mysticism as a good narrator leads you through a twisted maze of fantasy and philosophy, you'll enjoy this work of MacDonald. A word of caution - this book needs and deserves quiet time for you to ponder it and truly delve into it. It is something that is hard to read while traveling or feeling tense because you need the heaviness to settle in your brain. This book makes you think, and feel, and wonder. If you don't have the time or the mental capacity for it, don't bother. If you do have the time and the thoughtfulness to appreciate it, by all means.
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Posted February 19, 2011
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Posted May 9, 2009
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