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Download Book ´ At the Back of the North Wind Ç 346 pages ë George macdonald ´ Diamond son of a poor coachman is swept away by the North Wind a radiant maternal spirit with long flowing hair His life is transformed by a brief glimpse of the beautiful country at the back of the north Dred years and combines a Dickensian regard for the working class of mid 19th century England with the invention of an ethereal landscap If you are the sort of person who only reads the first few sentences of a review you'd better just look back at my rating to determine my opinion of this book because I'm going to start out by saying critical things However the books I like best like my favorite people tend to be those which are beautiful in spite of their flawsI never know uite what to say about this story and so usually I do not talk about it It is considered a children's book for such I believe the author intended it but it is the kind of children's book which is better enjoyed by adults than by children George MacDonald was a Victorian and a Scot so the tone of the tale is moralistic to the point of preaching and making his young protagonist into an impossible ideal He was fatalistic but in the everything happens for a reason sense rather than the gloomy variety The book is also full of some rather odd poetry and chunks of time and text in which very little action occurs The modern reader who cannot look past this work as a product of its time may find all of this off puttingBut if you can look beyond these peculiarities there is such beauty and thoughtfulness pressed between the leaves of this story The descriptions of Diamond's sojourns with the North Wind are worth reading for their imagery and humor even if you can't make it through what follows And through the writing comes the conviction that the author was a compassionate and observant man with a great faith in human beings a uality which in my opinion transcends the limitations of era style and genre He also has an ear for dialogue which though old fashioned makes me laugh out loud in its gentle and understated clevernessThis is of course a story about death But it's a lot than that It's about life and how we choose to live it

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By a brief glimpse of the beautiful country at the back of the north wind This Victorian fairy tale has enchanted readers for than a hun spoiler possibleThe North Wind is Death This book is about the dealings between death and an innocent child It's beautiful it's tender and sad I read somewhere that Mark Twain struck up a friendship with George MacDonald and when his daughter died he remembered fondly the little beat up edition of Back of the North Wind that she lovedGeorge MacDonald is a master story crafter; this book is one of his masterpieces Pacing and plot might slow at times but the teachings here are beyond any action adventure A child with perfect trust and faith facing one of the ultimate things that try faith suffering and death We can learn a lot from little Diamond he has a treasured place in my heart

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At the Back of the North WindDiamond son of a poor coachman is swept away by the North Wind a radiant maternal spirit with long flowing hair His life is transformed At the start for the first half of it I struggled to push my way through At the Back of the North Wind I thought it tedious and drawn out But by the time I had waded into the middle I found I was swimmingI just finished this book and I have to tell you I have no way of using my tongue to convey how I feel and what this book has done in me I sit without words but without the ability to contain the rush of thought and emotion that crowd me on all sides I look about and the only thing that can settle me and uiet me is a morning sunbeam passing through the curtains to the floor I know that sounds rhapsodic and romaunt I'm caught up and enjoying every minute of it like a man in love But though my culturally inherited masculine reflex wants me to say no and erase all of this how could I hide from you that bit of mysticism which I am presently enjoyingWell let me try to do some justice to this thing we call a review and actually talk about the book I have one thing to tell you primarily complete the story I read the last chapter twice Mull it over Let thoughts on the whole story come and give yourself time to think about them to philosophize and wonder And then digest your thoughts This is one of the greatest stories of any kind I have ever known of course this is only my estimation and it is thus no surprise to me that CS Lewis wrote what he did of MacDonald's story makingWhat he does best is fantasy—fantasy that hovers between the allegorical and the mythopoeic And this in my opinion he does better than any man Most myths were made in prehistoric times and I suppose not consciously made by individuals at all But every now and then there occurs in the modern world a genius—a Kafka or a Novalis—who can make such a story MacDonald is the greatest genius of this kind whom I know—This from a professor of literature at CambridgeI felt like I had experienced a holy moment when I finished the very last sentence of the last chapter—though I wonder if later my words here will seem surfeit But I know they can't because as Diamond and the North Wind explain in the latter portion of the book whether the dream is true or not the thing it has done and the thing it stands for is true; and if the thing is true mightn't we also say that the dream is trueAt the Back of the North Wind did nothing less to me than to make me aware of the wondrous ordinary—that the ordinary is never actually ordinary but full of wonders for those willing to perceive them It also made me ever conscious of a different way of being as I fell in love with the character of Diamond a character that is so contented in trust and fulfilled in love that it cannot but live for the good of others finding not that its own pleasure and good is overlooked but that the good of others becomes its own pleasure and good and that it cannot even feign to fear anything finding that it is always watched and always loved by capable hands and full heartI will leave you to decide whether you will read the book You will or you won't—there are other ways to come to these things yourself and other places to find great stories though such transcendence is rare But I don't feel any embarrassment in admitting the influence this book and George MacDonald's other works each in their own kind have made on me