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Sir Gibbie

George MacDonald

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These are the adventures of Sir Gibbie through the Scotland moors. Not being able to read or speak, Gibbie survives on the streets without a mother and having an alcoholic father. Yet, he wins the hearts of his neighbors and helps others. Children and adults learn through Sir Gibbie self-sacrifice, honesty, and purity.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .uls from the same dish, but each dipped his spoonful into his private caup of milk, ere he carried it to his mouth. A little apart sat a boy, whom the woman seemed to favour, having provided him with a plateful of porridge by himself, but the fact was, four were as many as could bicker comfortably, or with any chance of fair play. The boy's countenance greatly attracted Gibbie. It was a long, solemn face, but the eyes were bright-blue and sparkling; and when he smiled, which was not very often, it was a good and meaningful smile.

When the meal was over, and he saw the little that was left, with all the drops of milk from the caups, tumbled into a common receptacle, to be kept, he thought, for the next meal, poor Gibbie felt very empty and forsaken. He crawled away sad at heart, with nothing before him except a drink of water at the burn. He might have gone to the door of the house, in the hope of a bit of cake, but now that he had seen something of the . . . Read More

Community Reviews

I read this book over and over. George MacDonald is one of my favorite writers. The one thing that prevented his writing from being widely distributed is that he wrote in Scottish brogue, so it's incredibly difficult to get through. This edition (given a different title than his origninal title, Sir

When I learned of George MacDonald's influence on the father's of Christian fantasy--J R R Tolkien and C S Lewis, I had to read some of his work. Sir Gibbie came highly recommended.

Sir Gibbie comes to life in such a way that is rare for most characters in a book. I got to watch him grow up and exper

This is one of those books I liked so much and felt so awed by that it's hard to write a review for it... so I'll keep it simple for now. I grew up thinking that MacDonald's Scottish novels in their original form were inaccessible ... but that is certainly not the case, especially now with David Jac

I finished Sir Gibbie last night and want to thank you for hosting this discussion.

I had forgotten how much I loved the story of Gibbie. Oh my gosh ... that flood; Mrs Croale's change of character; Donal's poetry; Janet's simple faith; the love between Ginevra and Gibbie! What's not to love? (Well

What can I say? There are bestsellers, and there are good books. This is a good book. And that is one of the greatest understatements I shall ever be guilty of, but I am afraid to praise too much, lest my inadequate praise should bring the book down in anyone's eyes.

If you CAN read MacDonald--if you

George MacDonald did it again: he shows that the ways of God are not our ways, that our reasons are not necessarily God's reasons.

The book shows a complex cast of characters from all the social levels: from the laird to the homeless, going through a couple of priests, one of them prone to yield to w

MacDonald is my favorite author, and he rarely disappoints. I can be a very critical personality, but MacDonald is the one author I have grown to trust almost implicitly. I always learn from him, and he always refreshes my vision and power to see beauty in the world. He makes me feel like he can act

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