At the Back of the North Wind
Diamond lives in a hay-loft, which is just right for him, since his father named him after a horse. One night Diamond has a visitor. She's a beautiful woman with long black hair. She calls herself the North Wind, and--holding tight to her long braids--she whisks Diamond over London and shows him many wonderful sights. But the best thing of all is when she takes him to the country at "the back" of the North Wind, a dream-like land where the cold wind never blows.Copyright © Libri GmbH. All rights reserved.
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One of my favorites. All three stories in this volume are good, but At the Back of the North Wind is beautiful, poignant, harsh, and fantastic all at once. Surpirsingly dangerous for a Victorian writer. Read full review
I first read At the Back of the North Wind when I was a child but have re-read or regularly since that time---giving it to my book club that reads British literature as a "must read." Predating such contemporary authors as Phillip Pullman by over a century, and reflecting Pullman's view and the view of J.K. Rowling, his perspective was that he was writing about universal truth--applicable to the 5, 15, 0or 50 year old readier. The story of Diamond an young boy in Victorian England, in my opinion is both touching, fantastic and yet full of meaning for the modern reader. Some didactic in its approach, it reflected the ministerial background of its author. I love this book dearly and it has continued to inspire and strengthen me as I have aged into the "over 50" year old reader I am today.