Mark Worthing has retold George MacDonald’s Phantastes.
Praise for MacDonald’s original 1858 publication:
Whatever book you are reading now, you simply must get this at once. – C.S. Lewis to a friend after his discovery of MacDonald’s Phantastes.
George MacDonald is the grandfather of us all – all of us who struggle to come to terms with truth through fantasy. – Madeleine L’Engle
George MacDonald is pre-eminently a mythopoeic writer. … In his power to project his inner life into images, beings, landscapes which are valid for all, he is one of the more remarkable writers of the nineteenth century. – W.H. Auden
Phantastes is a haunting, provocative and disquieting novel that links the dreams of medieval romance with the new awakenings of the Victorian era and – in opening a long-lost door to the realm of Faerie – stands as a daringly challenging forerunner to the modern fantasy novel.” – Brian Sibley, author of C.S. Lewis through the Shadowlands
George MacDonald did indeed realise the apparent paradox of a St. Francis of Aberdeen, seeing the same sort of halo round every flower and bird…. It is a certain special sense of significance, which the tradition that most values it calls sacramental. – G.K. Chesterton
It must be more than thirty years ago that I bought – almost unwillingly …- the Everyman edition of Phantastes. A few hours later I knew that I had crossed a threshold. … What it actually did to me was to convert, even to baptise my imagination. – C.S. Lewis