Lilith (A Romance)

Lilith (A Romance)

by George MacDonald
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Lilith (A Romance) by George MacDonald

Lilith was the last and most complex fantasy work by the Scottish writer, George MacDonald. He felt so strongly the need to get it right that he rewrote it five times. The tale is one of redemption. It’s the story of, Mr. Vane, who takes a mystical journey through a mirror to an alternate world where he meets among others, Lilith, the first wife of Adam according to Jewish folklore, who left Adam and took up with the Devil and is now herself a demon. MacDonald stands the legend of Lilith on it’s head asking the question: could even a demon be redeemed? It’s a fascinating work full of symbolism and metaphor as all good fantasy tales are.

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BN ID: 2940148925262
Publisher: Horatio Press
Publication date: 12/19/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 351
File size: 354 KB

About the Author

George MacDonald was one of the most respected authors of his generation in 19th century Scotland. He wrote over fifty books, nearly half of them novels for adults, along with theological studies, several volumes of essays & criticism, a few volumes of poetry, and three best selling children's novels accompanied by a couple more volumes of fairytales. He wrote in nearly every literary genre. Although today much of his poetry and adult fiction would be considered rather prosaic, as C.S. Lewis pointed out, it was fantasy that he really excelled in. His only two fantasy novels written for adults—Phantastes and Lilith—are often spoken of as two of the best novels ever written in the English language. His three fantasy novels for children, The Princess and the Goblin, The Princess and the Curdie, and At the Back of the North Wind are so strange and otherworldly that adults often enjoy them as much as children.

MacDonald, born December 10, 1824, drew an enjoyment from reading books even as a young boy that encompassed all the typical poetic elements of elusiveness that so engage the mystical minded. By his late teens, as a student at King's College in Aberdeen, young George was already reading Shelley, Coleridge, James Hogg, and Tom Moore while also finding time to write poetry of his own. He had a powerful intellect, winning 3rd prize in Chemistry and 4th in Natural Philosophy, subjects he would lecture on years later at a Ladies' College to earn some much needed money.

The MacDonald family was quite poor early on, barely staying away starvation at times, often accepting the charity of friends and family. Eventually, however, George MacDonald would run in some very high literary circles. During the winter of 1872-73 he would address several thousands at a time during his lecture tour of the USA. He was great friends with Samuel Clemens (A.K.A.--Mark Twain), Charles Dodgson (A.K.A.—Lewis Carroll), John Ruskin, Lady Byron (widow of Lord Byron), and Ralph Waldo Emerson among others. Several of his closest friends sat in high positions of government such as William Cowper-Temple. Others were well known clergymen like F.D. Maurice or college professors such as Dean Stanley. By the 1860's he had become a very celebrated author. Children would walk back and forth in front of his home hoping to catch a glimpse of the man who was so much loved. He would later be held in high esteem by CS Lewis, GK Chesterton and JRR Tolkien.

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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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