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The Wise Woman

The Wise Woman by George MacDonald
By: (1824-1905)

In "The Wise Woman" by George MacDonald, the reader is transported into a world of magic, mystery, and moral lessons. The story follows a young village girl named Annie who goes on a journey of self-discovery guided by the wise woman of the title. Throughout the book, Annie learns important life lessons about kindness, forgiveness, and the importance of looking beyond appearances.

MacDonald's writing is both charming and thought-provoking, weaving a tale that will captivate readers of all ages. The characters are well-developed and relatable, making it easy to become emotionally invested in their struggles and triumphs. The wise woman herself is a particularly fascinating character, with her enigmatic personality and seemingly endless wisdom.

Overall, "The Wise Woman" is a beautifully written and engaging story that will leave readers pondering its messages long after they have finished reading. It is a timeless tale that teaches valuable lessons about love, redemption, and the power of forgiveness.

Book Description:

George MacDonald was an influential Scottish author, poet, and Christian minister. MacDonald’s works (particularly his fairy tales and fantasy novels) claimed the admiration of such authors as J. R. R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, and Madeleine L’Engle.

The Wise Woman fairy tale was one of MacDonald’s more popular works. This delightful story describes how a woman of mysterious powers pays visits to two very different young girls: one a princess, the other a shepherd’s daughter. Neither girl is left unchanged by the startling events that are unleashed as a result: and the reader is confronted by astonishing fairy-worlds in which the girls are forced to choose between good and evil.

The Wise Woman has been subsequently republished under various titles, including:
- The Lost Princess, and
- A Double Story.

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Reviews (Rated: 5 Stars - 2 reviews)

Reviewer: - May 14, 2017
Subject: Deep Wisdom, richly imagined
Richly imaginative and deeply metaphorical. The story clearly manifests some unseen truths in a concrete and specific situation. One of my favorites by George MacDonald.
Reviewer: - March 6, 2014
Subject: The Wise Woman
This is a sweet and very instructive story with the initial appearance of a child's tale but upon reflection a valued lesson for anyone. The type of fable which is sorely wanting today. Reminiscent of Pilgrims Progress is draws the reader to new heights of moral striving. It is a four star book.

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