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Robert Falconer

George MacDonald

Book Overview: 

A Victorian novel devoted to beloved character first introduced to readers in MacDonald's David Elginbrod.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .But to know that God was good, and fair, and kind—heartily, I mean, not half-ways, and with ifs and buts—my boy, there would be nothing left to be miserable about.'

In a momentary flash of thought, Robert wondered whether this might not be his old friend, the repentant angel, sent to earth as a man, that he might have a share in the redemption, and work out his own salvation. And from this very moment the thoughts about God that had hitherto been moving in formless solution in his mind began slowly to crystallize.

The next day, Eric Ericson, not without a piece in ae pouch and money in another, took his way home, if home it could be called where neither father, mother, brother, nor sister awaited his return. For a season Robert saw him no more.

As often as his name was mentioned, Miss Letty's eyes would grow hazy, and as often she would make some comical remark.

'Puir fallow!' she would say, 'he was ower lang-leggit . . . Read More

Community Reviews

This book was ok but Michael Phillips took George MacDonald's books and edited out a lot of the content to make it more "accessible" for today's reader...sort of like taking the apples out of a pie to make it easier to eat, it my opinion.
Robert Falconer is the real, unchanged edition. It's one of my

Not a full review yet, as I am 2/3 of the way through reading "The Musician's Quest". Those that love this novel tend to really love it, and I think I am mostly of that persuasion, but was interested to see Courtney Joshua's comment compares this MacDonald book to Dickens' "David Copperfield". I hav

The version that I read isn't on here, but it includes a side-by-side comparison of the Scots and the English translation. Translated by David Jack. So worthwhile b/c the book is so good!

Tonight I finished reading my Scottish friend David Jack's English translation of George MacDonald's Robert Falconer, which was originally published in 1868. David signed my copy of it at The Eagle and Child pub in Oxford, England on a beautiful cold snowy St. Patrick's day. David also wrote a fine

Robert Falconer is an impressive tome of a novel, numbering 444 pages in this edition, to be precise. It's a story of redemption and rehabilitation, both of the titular hero's father, and of the conception of God in the mind of that hero himself. Such redemption seems unlikely on both scores from th

One of these days people are going to figure out that George MacDonald is still being sold on eBay and in used bookstores for .90/each because they have horrible, Christian romance novel cover art. But what wonderful, valiant stories of "ordinary" people working out their faith and coming to know th

Don't read this as your first George MacDonald! Read it if you really like MacDonald and have read his other books already.
I didn't find the main storyline as interesting as usual. I mostly enjoyed the book for its beautiful sermonizings peppered throughout, and the exploration of God's love for ea

I'm still reading it, but so far it's already been on of those books that has me weeping and thanking a god I don't believe in for it's very existence. I can't describe how beautiful this book is, just a simple story about a sensitive boy in semi-rural Scotland who learns to play the violin and goes

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