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Paul Faber, Surgeon

George MacDonald

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. . .eatest gift one human being could offer to another; but at the same time he could not bear to think of her recoil from such utterance of his unfaith as he had now almost got into the habit of making. He bethought himself, too, that he had already misrepresented himself, in giving her the impression that he was incapable of enjoying poetry of the more imaginative sort. He had indeed in his youth been passionately fond of such verse. Then came a time in which he turned from it with a sick dismay. Feelings and memories of agony, which a word, a line, would rouse in him afresh, had brought him to avoid it with an aversion seemingly deep-rooted as an instinct, and mounting even to loathing; and when at length he cast from him the semi-beliefs of his education, he persuaded himself that he disliked it for its falsehood. He read his philosophy by the troubled light of wrong and suffering, and that is not the light of the morning, but of a burning house. Of all poems, naturally enough, he then. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Not as good as other books by George MacDonald, but still worth a read. Don't let this book be the basis of your opinion of MacDonald - read Phantastes :)

MacDonald writes about wisdom and redemption. He describes his characters more as souls than as persons you might know as friends. He exposes their inner motives--all for the purpose of bringing them through life's pains or joys to wisdom and redemption.
He speaks in spiritual truths and sometimes I

Loved the writing and the story.

Thought-provoking but too much of a slog to enjoy.

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