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The Shadows

The Shadows by George MacDonald
By: (1824-1905)

The Shadows is a captivating and thought-provoking novel that explores themes of love, loss, and redemption. The author, George MacDonald, has a way of painting vivid and emotional scenes that draw the reader in from the very first page.

The characters in The Shadows are complex and well-developed, each with their own motivations and struggles. The relationships between the characters are beautifully portrayed, and their interactions feel both authentic and poignant.

One of the strengths of The Shadows is MacDonald's ability to weave together elements of fantasy and realism in a way that feels seamless and natural. The magical elements of the story add an extra layer of depth and intrigue, making the novel feel both familiar and otherworldly at the same time.

Overall, The Shadows is a captivating and beautifully written novel that will stay with readers long after they have finished the last page. George MacDonald is a master storyteller, and this book is a testament to his skill and creativity. I highly recommend The Shadows to anyone looking for a heartfelt and engaging read.

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“Old Ralph Rinkelmann made his living by comic sketches, and all but lost it again by tragic poems. So he was just the man to be chosen king of the fairies…”

George MacDonald (December 10, 1824 – September 18, 1905) was a Scottish author, poet, and Christian minister. Though no longer well known, his works (particularly his fairy tales and fantasy novels) have inspired admiration in such notables as W. H. Auden, J. R. R. Tolkien, and Madeleine L’Engle. The Shadows is one such fairy tale. The strange Shadows spend their existence casting themselves upon the walls and forming pictures of various sorts: mimicking evil actions of those who have done wrong in the hopes of causing their repentance, playing a comic dumb-show to inspire a playwright and dancing to inspire a musician, nudging a little girl to comfort her grandfather, and playing with a sick little boy as he waits for his mother to return home. For all that their forms are black, their hearts are of the whitest.

(Summary by Wikipedia and Catharine Eastman)

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Reviews (Rated: 4 Stars - 2 reviews)

Reviewer: - June 30, 2019
Subject: the shadows
i really enjoyed this book. the reader was awesome
Reviewer: - May 28, 2014
I appreciate the reader taking the time to volunteer. I do, however, wish the voices weren't so wispy/airy. My 10 year old enjoyed the story very much.

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