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At the Back of the North Wind

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  • BN ID: 2940013079670
  • Publisher: Christian Classics Ethereal Library
  • Publication date: 8/25/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 779 KB

Meet the Author

George MacDonald - (1824-1905), Scottish novelist, clergyman and author
George Macdonald was born at Huntly, in the western part of Aberdeenshire on 10 December, 1824, the son of George Macdonald, farmer, and Helen MacKay. He was educated in country schools where Gaelic myths and Old Testament stories abounded. He then went on to Aberdeen University in the early 1840's obtaining awards in Moral Philosophy and Sciences. Next he studied for the Congregationalist ministry at Highbury College, London.

In 1850 he was made pastor at Arundel, West Sussex, England. MacDonald resigned however after three years of not living up to the congregational authorities’ expectations for more dogmatic sermons and being accused of heresy. Rejecting his Calvinist upbringing and doctrine of predestination, he came to believe in the divine presence but not divine providence and felt that everyone was capable of redemption.

George MacDonald married Louisa Powell in 1851 and they had six sons and five daughters together. One of their sons, Greville Macdonald would later become a writer himself and author a biography of his father. After a stay in Algiers to gain his health back MacDonald returned to England to tutor and write to provide for his ever-growing family and preach freelance when time permitted. Despite his successful career as a published writer he was continually forced to rely on the charity of his friends. Lady Byron was one such patron who assisted him until her death in 1860 as well as John Ruskin. MacDonald was mentor to C.S. Lewis; formed a strong friendship with Mark Twain after a tumultuous start and G. K. Chesterton, Henry Longfellow, and Walt Whitman were also counted among his friends. Some of his early poetry was Within and Without (1855) and Poems (1857), however his first real successes came with his Scottish country life stories such as David Elginbrod (1862), Alec Forbes (1865) and Robert Falconer (1868).

Louisa Powell died one year after her and George's golden wedding anniversary, in 1902. George Macdonald, after a long illness, died at Ashstead, Surrey, England on 18 September, 1905. His remains were cremated and they were taken to his beloved Bordighera for interment alongside his wife. A memorial to George MacDonald has been erected in the Drumblade Churchyard, Aberdeenshire.
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  • Posted November 25, 2008

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    Captivating

    I listened to a radio drama of this book before I read it and I didn't think I'd like the actual book. But I fell in love with it. MacDonald is so discriptive and the characters are amazing. I found myself longing for North Wind to visit me...

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  • Posted July 6, 2014

    Amazing.....!Excellent......!Just enjoy it.....!

    Amazing.....!Excellent......!Just enjoy it.....!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2013

    At the Back of the North Wind

    This was te worst book ever!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2012

    Great book but dificult to read at times

    I thought this was a sweet book but at points it was dificult to read. Not from old english but bad spelling.

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  • Posted August 19, 2011

    Awful spelling

    I could not get to the seconed chapter because of the spelling otherwise it seems like a good book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2011

    Timeless

    I remember getting this book as a gift when I was a child and I loved it. I could not put it down, even at 10. Many years later, I discovered the book was still at home on the bookshelf and I had so many fond memories of it that I had to read it again. Still just as magnificent. The descriptions just take you right there and you live it. Amazing... even after all these years.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2008

    GREAT,WONDERFULL,MELONCOLY.

    I love this book. This book is preciuse.It is not a book led by a herion with magical powers she never belived her self to have or a boy who learns to be the most amazing wiserd or magicion in the land.Its about wisdom,beauty,just plain simpleness that no one can resist. truth, homur, and an increadibly story about the faith of a child.(I sound cheesy sorry)Anyway if the book inspired J.R.R.Tolken then I say give it a try.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2008

    Beautiful Book

    This is a wonderful book, I had to read it for one of college courses and my Professor taught us about how MacDonald's works had heavily influenced C.S. Lewis' life and writings. I was curious to see for myself what was so great and unique about this author. When i was done reading the book, i had laughed, cried, smiled and learned so much from it. I absolutely loved this book. It presents questions and answers to some of life's important questions. MacDonald's writing style is entertaining, easy to read and inspirational. I recommend this book to all fantasy lovers.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2008

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    Im not the type of person to like this type of book usually but i absolutely loved it. it has so many turns and twists you never know whats coming. i completely loved it and hope anybody else who reads it enjoys it as much as i did

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