At the Back of the North Wind by George MacDonald (public domain in the USA, 1871) 220 pages
At the Back of the North Wind centers around a young boy, Diamond, and his interactions (and adventures) with the North Wind, who, when she’s with Diamond, generally takes the form of a beautiful woman (with extremely long hair).
Set in Victorian London, this is an enchanting children’s story (great bedtime reading!).
Ideas MacDonald addresses in this book: social justice, death, love and forgiveness.
This was not a fast read. Part of that, surely, is the fault of the crummy edition I bought (see note below), but it’s content-rich. A charming tale.
Another book I read in preparation for Hutchmoot. (Which is starts tomorrow, yay!)
Note: The edition of this book matters. I purchased a very inexpensive edition (I knew what I was likely getting myself into, but chose that anyway.) and the words are crammed into the book. Plus: It was poorly proofread. The version I linked to above is the one I *wanted* to buy. Some editions are illustrated, which could be cool.
About the author
George MacDonald (1824-1905) was a Scottish author, poet and pastor. He’s said to have influenced many great authors, including J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis and Madeleine L’Engle.
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