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Lilith by George MacDonald

Lilith, written by the father of fantasy literature, George MacDonald, was first published in 1895. Its importance was recognized in its later revival in paperback by Ballantine Books as the fifth volume of the celebrated Ballantine Adult Fantasy series in September, 1969. Lilith is considered among the darkest of MacDonald’s works, and among the most profound. It is a story concerning the nature of life, death and salvation. Many believe MacDonald is arguing for Christian universalism, or the idea that all will eventually be saved.

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By George MacDonald

I took a walk on Spaulding's Farm the other afternoon. I saw the setting sun lighting up the opposite side of a stately pine wood. Its golden rays straggled into the aisles of the wood as into some noble hall. I was impressed as if some ancient and altogether admirable and shining family had settled there in that part of the land called Concord, unknown to me, to whom the sun was servant, who had not gone into society in the village, who had not been called on. I saw their park, their pleasure ground, beyond through the wood, in Spaulding's cranberry meadow. The pines furnished them with gables as they grew. Their house was not obvious to vision; their trees grew through it. I do not know whether I heard the sounds of a suppressed hilarity or not. They seemed to recline on the sunbeams. They have sons and daughters. They are quite well. The farmer's cart path, which leads directly through their hall, does not in the least put them out, as the muddy bottom of a pool is sometimes seen through the reflected skies. They never heard of Spaulding, and do not know that he is their neighbor, notwithstanding I heard him whistle as he drove his team through the house... Continue reading book >>

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Reviews (Rated: 5 Stars - 2 reviews)

Reviewer: - June 23, 2013
Subject: Lilith
Lilith has so much beauty to it and so many levels and the story is quite intriguing with it's message of unconditional love, something easily spoken of but much more difficult to accomplish. This reading by Pete Williams is so beautifully done that as it is with a great song "the original is still the greatest." This prose combined with this reading is an experience. Other fantasy books can be interesting but the intellect of this book borders on brilliance.
Reviewer: - February 25, 2013
Subject: Lilith
One of my favorite works. This strange cerebral journey filled me with wonder and a unique terror for moments at a time. This is a very underrated piece. I have never loved and hated any one character so much all at once.

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