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Phantastes (150th Anniversary Edition)
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on 12 October 2013
If you are looking for this, you probably know who George MacDonald is and may have read this or another work before. This fairytale is well worth getting, though it can be had for free on Kindle. If you want a beautiful print edition this is the one to get however. It's printed on heavyweight paper, has the original illustrations (I had forgotten how much I missed illustrations in books), as well as an biography, and an article by the author in fairy tales.

If only the rest of his works were available in such good editions. In an age of cheap paperbacks and e-readers it's easy to forget that a well made book will last for decades. And this is a tale that is well worth reading again and again.
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on 22 September 2014
Very good.
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on 4 May 2012
Phantastes, being the first fantasy book is of course by now public domain, but if you are going to buy "Phantastes" this annotated version is the book you should go for.
Is it worth reading?
Oh yes.
You don't truly understand the meaning of fantasy and magic unless you have read this one. Magic has devolved to plot devices in many ways - excuses for "Deus Ex" in many stories. In Phantastes it creates a world that is very much like a dream. This is a book you read in small potions, to get details - see the land of the fairies in your mind.

You can tell that Tolkien took great inspiration from this book - but he did it in a wrong way I must say. You can find quite a lot of songs in "Phantastes" and a figure like Tom Bombadill - that looks out of place in "Lords of the Rings" would fit right in "Phantastes". Same things with travelling - in "Lord of the Rings" is much travelling from point A to point B and travelling makes up for the big part of Tolkiens books and it feels like it distracts from the action.

"Phantastes" is about searching and about exploring the fairy world - travelling certainly is the central point of the story.
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on 8 July 2016
MacDonald's hugely-influential fairytale masterpiece is filled with a strange, haunting beauty, but also densely-packed with Christian and spiritual allegory which can make it impenetrable to modern readers. What does the hero's name, Anados mean? (Literally 'pathless,' and early in the story he wanders off the path, with a vague feeling he's meant to stay on it, but Anados can also mean 'upwards,' indicating his slow climb towards spiritual enlightenment.) Why does Anados always walk towards the East? (Because when this was published in 1858, Christian readers were expected to know that East = Christ, because the Sun rises in the East.) Nick Page has provided just the right annotations to orient modern readers so they'll be able to grasp the allegorical gist of this truly gorgeous, incredibly innovative fairytale sufficiently to enter and enjoy it.

The Nick Page edition features a great introduction, with photos of MacDonald, his homes and the beautiful landscape where he grew up. Annotations further clarify the work by providing context regarding which stories most influenced this one (primarily German Romantics like Novalis, but also Spenser's Faerie Queene and many others). Finally, this edition includes George MacDonald's incredibly beautiful essay on fairytales, 'The Fantastic Imagination,' an obvious influence on Tolkien's famous essay 'On Fairy-Stories.' If you're thinking of giving Phantastes a read, this is absolutely the edition to get.
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on 1 August 2016
Do not buy this edition. The print is small, and has been sloppily put together to put as much text into a small a space as possible (I imagine to keep printing costs down).
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on 12 August 2016
Classic work
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on 15 March 2015
Bad boy book
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