This is the story of Mr Vane, an orphan and heir to a large house - in which he has a vision that leads him through an old mirror into another world. In the trips he makes to this other world, he explores the mystery of evil. Mr. Vane owns a library that seems to be haunted by the former librarian, who looks much like a raven. After finally encountering the mysterious Mr. Raven, Vane learns that Raven had known his father; indeed, Vane's father had visited the strange parallel universe from which Raven comes and goes. Vane ...
This is the story of Mr Vane, an orphan and heir to a large house - in which he has a vision that leads him through an old mirror into another world. In the trips he makes to this other world, he explores the mystery of evil. Mr. Vane owns a library that seems to be haunted by the former librarian, who looks much like a raven. After finally encountering the mysterious Mr. Raven, Vane learns that Raven had known his father; indeed, Vane's father had visited the strange parallel universe from which Raven comes and goes. Vane follows Raven into the world through the mirror. Lilith, written by the father of fantasy literature, George MacDonald, is considered among the darkest of MacDonald's works, and among the most profound. George MacDonald is one of the most severely underrated authors of all time. A contemporary to Lewis Carroll and major influence on C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien, this man's imagination apparently knew no bounds and that is incredibly apparent in his masterpiece, Lilith.
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The synopsis given for this story fails to clearly describe it as a mythopoetic allegory of man's spiritual evolution. I agree that it's MacDonald's masterpiece, and now having read it, it's clearly evident how his writing would have positively influenced Tolkien, Lewis, and most likely a host of others, including J.K. Rowling... I find myself staggered by MacDonald's achievement in creating a story that displays a profound understanding/comprehension of the history and karma of the human soul. Granted, there are numerous passages that slow the narrative with antiquated language or mores, yet they lend charm and balance overall, creating a believable context from which the Truth strides.
Nov 15, 2014
This was one George Macdonald book that was hard for me to understand, I am going to read it again until I do understand it.
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