At the Back of the North Wind

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Knopf, 2001 - Juvenile Fiction - 346 pages
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A Victorian fairy tale that has enchanted readers for more than a hundred years: the magical story of Diamond, the son of a poor coachman, who is swept away by the North Wind–a radiant, maternal spirit with long, flowing hair–and whose life is transformed by a brief glimpse of the beautiful country “at the back of the north wind.” It combines a Dickensian regard for the working class of mid-19th-century England with the invention of an ethereal landscape, and is published here alongside Arthur Hughes’s handsome illustrations from the original 1871 edition.

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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

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MacDonald has a way with stories. This one is good, but long and a little drawn out. I really enjoyed the characters and the mythology that goes along with it and I felt, each time that I picked it up, that I was picking up a world within a world - that in itself is magical, something not a lot of writers can do anymore.
While not the best nor my favorite MacDonald story, it's worth the read.

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About the author (2001)

George MacDonald (1824—1905) was a prolific writer, yet it is his fantasies for children that have survived. A minister of the Congregational church, MacDonald resigned after a disagreement with his deacons and from 1853 earned his living by lecturing and writing.

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