Phantastes,    -     By: George MacDonald
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Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. / 1981 / Paperback

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This is the story of the narrator's adventures in fairyland, where he confronts tree-spirits, sojourns to the palace of the fairy queen. A book of unparalled charm and creativity that C.S. Lewis said baptized his imagination.

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Format: Paperback
Vendor: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.
Publication Date: 1981
Dimensions: 7.00 X 4.25 X .25 (inches)
ISBN: 0802860605
ISBN-13: 9780802860606
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Introduction by C. S. Lewis

In October 1857, George MacDonald wrote what he described as “a kind of fairy tale, in the hope that it will pay me better than the more evidently serious work.” This was Phantastes -- one of MacDonald’s most important works; a work which so overwhelmed C. S. Lewis that a few hours after he began reading it he knew he “had crossed a great frontier.”

The book is about the narrator’s (Anodos) dream-like adventures in fairyland, where he confronts tree-spirits and the shadow, sojourns to the palace of the fairy queen, and searches for the spirit of the earth. The tale is vintage MacDonald, conveying a profound sadness and a poignant longing for death.

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(1824-1905) The great nineteenth-century innovator ofmodern fantasy, whose works influenced C. S. Lewis, J. R.R. Tolkien, and Charles Williams. "I do not write forchildren," MacDonald once said, "but for the childlike,whether of five, or fifty, or seventy-five."

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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    August 16, 2006
    Sir Iliad
    This book is fair as far as its specific genre goes: that of fairy tale. It is a big mistake to pick up expecting a full color tale with detailed plot and developement. It is what I call "Bizarre phantasy" It is a great read however in the context of pure fairy tale in which any number of things are possible and none of them surprising. Subtle lessons are interwoven into the story if you can pick them out. Makes a leisurely reading.
  2. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    May 15, 2006
    Christina
    I was lead to read "Phantastes" by C.S. Lewis' remarks on it in a biography I had read about C.S. Lewis. I have to admit it was difficult to get through, and I did not enjoy it as much as I had hoped to. It is a trip through "fairy land", with a lot of aimless wandering. The overall spiritual meaning is good, but the book seems to wander you through a land for much too long before the spiritual meaning starts to appear. I have started reading "The Princess and The Goblin" by MacDonald and so far it is much easier to read and much more entertaining.
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