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The classic fantasy that influenced C. S. Lewis and Tolkien, considered one of George MacDonald's most important works, is the story of the young man, Anodos, and his adventures in fairyland which ultimately reveal the human condition. "I write, not for children," wrote George MacDonald, "but for the child-like, whether they be of five, or 50, or 75." All-at-once written with an innocent whimsy and soulful yearning, the heart of Anodos' journey through fairyland reveals a spiritual quest that requires a surrender of the self. MacDonald's fantasy novel as well as his other works have had major influence on many authors who considered him their mentor: 

C. S. Lewis said, I have never concealed the fact that I regarded him as my master; indeed I fancy I have never written a book in which I did not quote from him.

J. R. R. Tolkien called his fairy tales stories of power and beauty. 

Madeleine L'Engle said, Surely, George MacDonald is the grandfather of us all all of us who struggle to come to terms with truth through fantasy.

Public Domain (P)2021 Oasis Audio

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  • Aaron Elrod
  • 12-04-21

Finally

Finally! - a voice that does this glorious book justice. I've been waiting for years for a good narration and Rebecca does a fantastic job.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 30-07-22

For all ages

This is a good read. Allow yourself to travel through fairy land and then find answers and hope for this life it is then more like a true story than something coming from fairy land

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  • Logophile
  • 14-07-22

Long-referenced, finally read. LOVED.

Phantastes is a famous classic by George MacDonald who is credited with the reintroduction of fairytales into modern literature. It, along with At the Back of the North Wind, The Princess and the Goblin and its sequel The Princess and Curdie, were noted as instrumental and highly inspirational in the writings of JRR Tolkien and CS Lewis as they wrote the Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, and the Chronicles of Narnia and the Space Trilogy, respectively. (And all these I loved too!)

Phantastes somehow reaches past faeries and crones and transmutational beautiful ladies, through the veil in our own hearts to the unseen world. It begs the questions of such investigations into reality vs. dream; the seen vs.the unseen; life and death; good and evil; honor and humility; courage and cowardice; hope and despair. This is to say, it touches the deepest longings, fears, and questions of an examined heart, and calls to wake those - long-locked-away - in the unexamined heart and mind.

I see why Tolkien and Lewis speak of Phantastes with such wonder and gratitude.

I will now re-read it - this time with my eyes instead of my ears. I love the narrator on the Audible version; she did a tremendous job, and I have loved her reading of other books. BUT - Phantastes is lived, dreamed, told by told by a man, and the narrator should have been a man.

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  • Luke Cameron
  • 07-07-22

An Great Story and Well Read.

If you want and Interesting and thought-provoking story this is a Very good one.

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  • Jonathan D.
  • 05-03-22

Beautiful

I loved this tale and all the stories and songs woven together. A must listen for all those who like fantasy and adventure.