Lilith

Lilith

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by George MacDonald
     
 

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Lilith is a fantasy novel written by Scottish writer George MacDonald. Lilith is considered among the darkest of MacDonald's works, and among the most profound. It is a story concerning the nature of life, death, and salvation.

Mr. Vane, the protagonist of Lilith, owns a library that seems to be haunted by the former librarian, who looks much like a raven

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Lilith is a fantasy novel written by Scottish writer George MacDonald. Lilith is considered among the darkest of MacDonald's works, and among the most profound. It is a story concerning the nature of life, death, and salvation.

Mr. Vane, the protagonist of Lilith, owns a library that seems to be haunted by the former librarian, who looks much like a raven from the brief glimpses he catches of the wraith. After finally encountering the supposed ghost, the mysterious Mr. Raven, Vane learns that Raven had known his father; indeed, Vane's father had visited the strange parallel universe from which Raven comes and goes and now resides therein. Vane follows Raven into the world through a mirror (this symbolistic realm is described as "the region of the seven dimensions".

Inside the world, Vane learns of a house of beds where the dreamers sleep until the end of the world in death: a good death, in which life is found.

While on his journey, he meets Lilith, the princess of Bulika. Vane, although nearly blinded by Lilith's beauty and charms.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940012395092
Publisher:
TLC BOOKS
Publication date:
01/04/2011
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Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
741 KB

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Holy-Quest More than 1 year ago
C.S. Lewis referred to George MacDonald as "his master." That's quite a compliment coming from an author as world-renowned and loved as C.S. Lewis. (It was my appreciation for Lewis and his appreciation for MacDonald that led me to begin reading MacDonald's works.) C.S. Lewis was not the only writer who was inspired by MacDonald; Lewis Carroll, W.H. Auden, G.K Chesterton, Mark Twain, Madeleine L'Engle, J.R.R. Tolkien, and E. Nesbit were also influenced by MacDonald's writing. Lilith is one of MacDonald's most intriguing, profound, and imaginative works. The story of Lilith is other-worldly, taking place in another dimension of time and space, but it reads more like a fantasy than a science-fiction novel. MacDonald takes stories of creation, myth, and death, and blends them all into a remarkable tale. The thread of this tale seems to wander, almost aimlessly at times, until the master-weaver sews it all together at the end for the reader. MacDonald's style of writing is not always easy for 21st century readers, but it is well-worth the effort. 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 rich in imagination, you're likely to enjoy Lilith. (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.)
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