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The Flight of the Shadow

George MacDonald

Book Overview: 

A fantastical story of personal growth and a warning against the dangers of keeping secrets. This novel by George MacDonald is a deceptively easy read aimed to be accessible to teens, but the ideas will remain in your mind long afterwards. Beautifully written in the style of Gothic Novels of the nineteenth century, a story about relationships and redemption, secrets and confessions and an inspiring example of how to live in the light.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .He, a great man, had helped a little girl out of the deepest despair; could the little girl do nothing for the great man? That the big people should do everything, did not seem fair! He had told me once that the world was held together by what every one could do that the others could not do: there must be something I could do that he could not do!

The rain was coming down on the roof like the steady tramp of distant squadrons. I was in the study, therefore near the tiles, and that was how the rain always sounded upon them. Tramp, tramp, tramp, came the whole army of things, riding, riding, to befall my uncle and me. Tramp, tramp, came the troops of the future, to take the citadel of the present! I was not afraid of them, neither sought to imagine myself afraid! I had no picture in my mind of any evil that could assail me. A little grove of black poplars under the gable-window, kept swaying their expostulations, and moaning their entreaties. The great . . . Read More

Community Reviews

A great book, and a classic. Read this because I enjoyed his more adult books, and it's a great story for any little girl (or not so little girl) with magic and love and all the things great fairy tales are made of.

This is an easy read, full of the attendant feeling of possibility. It has about it the atmosphere even of fantasy, all the while keeping under it a solid realism. It isn't a tale of domestic drama, like one would find elsewhere – though its domestic beginnings might lead one to expect so much – but

George MacDonald gives us one of his beloved love stories set here against the backdrop of familial treachery and a mysterious doppelgänger. Although some might see this as one of his minor works, and I cannot deny that his tendency to slide into melodrama is at times obvious in this novel, I nevert

I can’t say that this is one of George MacDonald’s best stories, but I can’t say that it’s a bad one, either.

George MacDonald can write circles around me. His simple descriptions of things contain deep truths about life, love, and spiritual reality. I was not glued to this story from the beginning,

Oh Victorian Novels....

While I am and will remain an ardent George MacDonald fan, his novels are just shy of allegorical sermons. His fantasies remain his best works.

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