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Thomas Wingfold, Curate V2   By: (1824-1905)

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In George MacDonald’s sequel to "Thomas Wingfold, Curate," the second volume continues to captivate readers with its thought-provoking storyline and well-drawn characters. Set in a quaint English village, the novel revolves around the complex life of the young curate, Thomas Wingfold, as he navigates the delicate balance between faith and doubt.

The novel delves deep into the internal struggles of Wingfold, whose journey to reconcile his faith with his intellectual doubts forms the crux of the narrative. MacDonald masterfully explores the dynamics of doubt, portraying it as an integral part of the protagonist's spiritual growth rather than an obstacle to be overcome. In doing so, the author presents a refreshing perspective on the interplay between faith and skepticism.

MacDonald’s prose is elegant and introspective, capturing the intricacies of Wingfold’s internal dialogue with precision. The author adeptly weaves philosophical musings into the narrative, stimulating readers to reflect on their own existential questions. Through Wingfold’s search for truth, MacDonald explores weighty themes such as the nature of God, the role of religion in society, and the encompassing power of love.

One of the novel’s strengths lies in its multifaceted characters. Wingfold’s interactions with various personalities — from the wise old rector to the enigmatic and alluring Hester — provide a rich tapestry of perspectives on spirituality and human connection. Each character is meticulously crafted, embodying distinct philosophies and values that contribute to the narrative’s depth. MacDonald’s ability to bring these characters to life through their dialogue and actions is truly commendable.

The pacing of the story is unhurried, allowing for deep introspection and contemplation. While some readers may find it slow-moving, the deliberate pace serves a purpose: to provide ample space for the readers to immerse themselves in the protagonist’s intellectual and emotional journey. The novel is not merely a plot-driven adventure but a profound exploration of the human condition.

While the book can be read as a standalone, familiarity with the first volume provides greater context to Wingfold’s development as a character. The themes and questions raised in the initial installment are further explored and expanded upon in this volume, making it a more rewarding read for those who have followed the series.

Overall, "Thomas Wingfold, Curate V2" is a captivating continuation of MacDonald’s exploration of faith, doubt, and the complexities of the human experience. With its lyrical prose, rich characterization, and profound insights, it offers readers a thought-provoking journey that lingers long after the final page is turned. Whether drawn to philosophical musings or simply seeking a beautifully crafted story, readers will find much to appreciate in this compelling novel.

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By George MacDonald, LL.D.






It was nearly dark when they arrived again at the lodge. Rachel opened the gate for them. Without even a THANK YOU, they rode out. She stood for a moment gazing after them through the dusk, then turned with a sigh, and went into the kitchen, where her uncle sat by the fire with a book in his hand.

"How I should like to be as well made as Miss Lingard!" she said, seating herself by the lamp that stood on the deal table. "It MUST be a fine thing to be strong and tall, and able to look this way and that without turning all your body along with your head, like the old man that gathers the leeches in Wordsworth's poem. And what it must be to sit on a horse as she does! You should have seen her go flying like the very wind across the park! You would have thought she and her horse were cut out of the same piece. I'm dreadfully envious, uncle."

"No, my child; I know you better than you do yourself. There is a great difference between I WISH I WAS and I SHOULD LIKE TO BE as much as between a grumble and a prayer. To be content is not to be satisfied... Continue reading book >>

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