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Warlock o' Glenwarlock

George MacDonald

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .John?" said Aggie, laying the key amongst his tools. "Grannie's lyin' there her lee-lane, an' gien the hoose was to tak fire, what wad come o' her?"

"Guid forbid onybody sud forget Grannie!" rejoined the man heartily; "but fire wad hae a sma' chance the nicht."

Agnes thanked and left him. All the time he had not missed a single stroke of his hammer on the benleather between it and his lapstone.

When she rejoined Cosmo, where he stood leaning his back against the wind in the middle of the road,

"Come nae farther, Aggie," he said. "It's an ill nicht, an' grows waur. There's nae guid in't naither, for we winna hear ane anither speyk ohn stoppit, an' turnt oor backs til't. Gang to yer Grannie; she'll be feart aboot ye."

"Nae a bit. I maun see ye oot o' the toon."

They fought their way along the street, and out on the open moor, the greater part of which was still he. . . Read More

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The author has been one of my favorites for a long time. I appreciate his mystical novels for adults as well as his fantasies for children, which inspired C. S. Lewis.

This is one of his Scottish border novels, which talk of wealth, poverty and class war in a humane and gentle way. Another is "Sir G

What a worthy translation by David Jack. MacDonald’s novels aren’t bound to plot as other fiction of the 19th century is. Rather, MacDonald is bound to the poetic truth he must tell through his characters and the places they live. Treasure this as a slow read, not as a plot-driven romp.

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Castle Warlock, whilst being one of MacDonald's realistic novels (or to further subdivide, one of his 12 Scottish novels) comes close to fantasy in a more overt way, perhaps, than many of the others: though there are elements of the fantastic in everything he wrote, the author being an inveterate, e

There are few things more delightful than reading a book at just the right time in life for it to speak to you with every turn of the page. I picked up Castle Warlock at the exact moment it would have the greatest positive effect.

George Macdonald is an author who simply dazzles me time after time. N

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