Introduction by C. S. Lewis
In October 1857, George MacDonald wrote what he described as a kind of fairy tale, in the hope that it will pay me better than the more evidently serious work. This was Phantastes -- one of MacDonald s most important works; a work which so overwhelmed C. S. Lewis that a few hours after he began reading it he knew he had crossed a great frontier.
The book is about the narrator s (Anodos) dream-like adventures in fairyland, where he confronts tree-spirits and the shadow, sojourns to the palace of the fairy queen, and searches for the spirit of the earth. The tale is vintage MacDonald, conveying a profound sadness and a poignant longing for death.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Amelia_Smith - LibraryThing
This book begins with a great introduction by C.S. Lewis (is that why Amazon has it grouped under Christian fiction?!?). If it weren't for that intro, I'm not sure I would have gotten through it ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - AlCracka - LibraryThing
This is a neat little book. It's a bit episodic, and a little flowery, but it's really vivid; there's some terrific imagery in here. It's the story of some dude who goes to fairy land and wanders ... Read full review