Re: Lilith by Geo. Macd/Donald
- Dear David,
Thank you for your comments in defence of LILITH. I must admit that
when I first read it in my late 20s, it made quite an impression on me
too. I also have to admit that in my recent rereading, I have only got
through about half of it. That part strikes as little better than a
glorified horror story, but perhaps the best is still to come.
Like you, I love the Curdie books. I think the fire and the rose
symbolism is tremendously powerful and evocative.
In email@example.com, David Lenander <d-lena@u...> wrote:
> I haven't reread the book in many years, but I have to speak up in its
> defense. I thought _Lilith_ was one of the most profoundly affecting
> books I ever read, when I first read it in my early-mid teens. I was
> quite disappointed in _Phantastes_, when I eventually read it, after
> CSL's praise. If the latter baptized CSL's faith or imagination or
> whatever it was he said exactly, _Lilith_ certainly did something of
> the same for me. I'm sure I won't have time to even track down my
> copy, and who knows when I'll ever reread it--it's possible that I
> avoid that on some level because of the powerful experience back then
> (though i think I reread it in my 20s at some point). But, I just
> thought that I should offer some defense of one of Macd/Donald's last
> works, especially when contrasted unfavorably with his early
> On the other hand, I think the Princess books are utterly marvelous.
> Someone (was it John?) recently dismissed those, too. Perhaps someone
> can speak up for the non-fantasy novels, most of Macd/Donald's fiction
> By the way, has the argument over whether it's Macdonald or MacDonald?
> I once got caught in crossfire over the use of the wrong one, and
> discovered that this is important to some of this author's
> fans/readers. (We used to have a local MacDonald discussion group).
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