At the Back of the North Wind
by George MacDonald
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Scottish author George
MacDonald was a Christian children's author best-known for his popular
fantasy stories Lillith and Phantases. MacDonald was an
writers of children's fiction such as C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkein,
Madeline L'Engle, Lewis Carroll, and even Mark Twain. At the Back of
the North Wind is the fantastical story of Diamond, a young boy
adventures begin when the North Wind offers to take him for a ride on
her back. Though Diamond is poor and his reality is grim, his heart is
pure and his wisdom is extraordinary. Through his friendship with the
North Wind, Diamond is able to encounter exciting and, at times,
challenging adventures. In addition to its ethereal quality, this book
is imbued with Christian philosophy and some Dickens-like social
commentary. MacDonald emphasizes many important Christian themes,
including pain, good and evil, heaven, and God's providence,
omniscience, and omnipotence. George MacDonald wrote this children's
story for publication in a young reader's magazine in 1868. Three years
later it was published in book form and Diamond has been tugging at
readers' heartstrings ever since. Full of Victorian style and ideology,
North Wind is a story that is best read aloud to children and
thrill audiences for generations to come.
CCEL Staff Writer
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