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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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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