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David Elginbrod

George MacDonald

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David Elginbrod was George Macdonald’s first real success, a novel of Scottish country life. Published in 1862, it was dedicated to the memory of Lady Noel Byron.(Summary from wikipedia)

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Book Excerpt: 
. . . was on a visit to one of the families in the neighbourhood. She was in want of a lady's-maid, and it occurred to the housekeeper that Margaret might suit her. This was not quite what her parents would have chosen, but they allowed her to go and see the lady. Margaret was delighted with the benevolent-looking gentlewoman; and she, on her part, was quite charmed with Margaret. It was true she knew nothing of the duties of the office; but the present maid, who was leaving on the best of terms, would soon initiate her into its mysteries. And David and Janet were so much pleased with Margaret's account of the interview, that David himself went to see the lady. The sight of him only increased her desire to have Margaret, whom she said she would treat like a daughter, if only she were half as good as she looked. Before David left her, the matter was arranged; and within a month, Margaret was borne in her mistress's carriage, away from father and mother and cottage-home.

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Community Reviews

I have read only the eponymous selection, but this collection is ENORMOUS, and I hope to dip into it throughout my life! After reading Michael Phillips's adaptations of several of MacDonald's novels I was keen to read some in the original form, Scots and all. This collection meets that need, and I'm

The more I read George MacDonald, the more I find in his writing the soul of a contemplative. Here a few of my favourite quotes from this book.

This quote challenged my view of God, which is still in need of further refining: "My father used to say that God was always finding every excuse for us that

See Kilian's review for the plot.

A CHRISTIAN book -- not my favorite. Originally published in 1863, and retold by Michael Phillips, Old Scottish values, complete with some very readable / understandable dialect.

Yes, the ending was satisfying, and Mr. MacDonald is an excellent writer, but, I'm not s

This was great! I loved this!

As always, George MacDonald is inspiring. The two characters, David Elginbrod and his daughter Margaret, are such powerful examples of Christianity in everyday life.

I liked how MacDonald was able to capture some of the weaknesses in his other characters as well. Euphra is proud and easily manipulat

MacDonald was a spiritual genius. He was not a psychological genius; some of his characters are ridiculously saintly. The story itself could have been excellent if the characters were a little more believable, but I wasn't reading it for the story; I was reading for the spiritual insights, which, as

Not one of my favorite novels by George MacDonald, but worth the time reading it. I was sorry the title character disappeared from the novel so early, but his influence is felt throughout the book. I was put off a bit by the belief in mesmerism and the influence the villain had over one of the chara

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