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Phantastes: A Faerie Romance for Men and Women (version 2)-logo

Phantastes: A Faerie Romance for Men and Women (version 2)

George MacDonald

An author who means to end a story with some variation of “And they all lived happily ever after” had better deal before that point not just with evil, strife, and terror but also with loss, failure, sacrifice, and death-or the ending will not be credible. And since such negative experiences do not easily lead to happy endings, only the best story-tellers succeed. George MacDonald is one of these. His protagonist, Anodos, discovers on the day he comes of age a path leading into an alternative reality, where a rite of passage awaits him: an entire lifetime in a land of marvels resembling childhood imaginings and medieval romances. The forces motivating him during his adventure, aside from the curiosity that induces him to enter Fairy Land in the first place, are a yearning after the feminine ideal and a desire to accomplish something worthwhile. Other people’s kindness, love, wisdom, and high expectations support him, while malice, selfish exploitation, and tyranny challenge him. Nor are these hostile forces all purely external. Rarely has an author explored so searchingly as MacDonald the soul of a faithful squire and a rejected lover-for this is what Anodos is, when all is said and done. None of the most famous beta males in literature-certainly not Vergil’s “faithful Achates,” not Cervantes’ unforgettable Sancho Panza, not even Homer’s Eumaios (“Oh! my swineherd!”)-is portrayed with the richness, depth, and multi-dimensionality of MacDonald’s visitor to Fairy Land. Just possibly Spenser’s Timias (Prince Arthur’s squire, whose tale is told in books 3 and 4 of The Faerie Queene) could be MacDonald’s model. Like Timias, Anodos accepts his supportive role with equanimity and even learns the value of unrequited love, and yet, also like Timias, he possesses courage, skill, and resolve. He also combats dark forces within himself, an effort that ultimately endows him with insight, surpassing his master’s, into the darkness that masks as holiness-to oppose which he gladly sacrifices his life. Before that moment he ha

An author who means to end a story with some variation of “And they all lived happily ever after” had better deal before that point not just with evil, strife, and terror but also with loss, failure, sacrifice, and death-or the ending will not be credible. And since such negative experiences do not easily lead to happy endings, only the best story-tellers succeed. George MacDonald is one of these. His protagonist, Anodos, discovers on the day he comes of age a path leading into an alternative reality, where a rite of passage awaits him: an entire lifetime in a land of marvels resembling childhood imaginings and medieval romances. The forces motivating him during his adventure, aside from the curiosity that induces him to enter Fairy Land in the first place, are a yearning after the feminine ideal and a desire to accomplish something worthwhile. Other people’s kindness, love, wisdom, and high expectations support him, while malice, selfish exploitation, and tyranny challenge him. Nor are these hostile forces all purely external. Rarely has an author explored so searchingly as MacDonald the soul of a faithful squire and a rejected lover-for this is what Anodos is, when all is said and done. None of the most famous beta males in literature-certainly not Vergil’s “faithful Achates,” not Cervantes’ unforgettable Sancho Panza, not even Homer’s Eumaios (“Oh! my swineherd!”)-is portrayed with the richness, depth, and multi-dimensionality of MacDonald’s visitor to Fairy Land. Just possibly Spenser’s Timias (Prince Arthur’s squire, whose tale is told in books 3 and 4 of The Faerie Queene) could be MacDonald’s model. Like Timias, Anodos accepts his supportive role with equanimity and even learns the value of unrequited love, and yet, also like Timias, he possesses courage, skill, and resolve. He also combats dark forces within himself, an effort that ultimately endows him with insight, surpassing his master’s, into the darkness that masks as holiness-to oppose which he gladly sacrifices his life. Before that moment he ha
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An author who means to end a story with some variation of “And they all lived happily ever after” had better deal before that point not just with evil, strife, and terror but also with loss, failure, sacrifice, and death-or the ending will not be credible. And since such negative experiences do not easily lead to happy endings, only the best story-tellers succeed. George MacDonald is one of these. His protagonist, Anodos, discovers on the day he comes of age a path leading into an alternative reality, where a rite of passage awaits him: an entire lifetime in a land of marvels resembling childhood imaginings and medieval romances. The forces motivating him during his adventure, aside from the curiosity that induces him to enter Fairy Land in the first place, are a yearning after the feminine ideal and a desire to accomplish something worthwhile. Other people’s kindness, love, wisdom, and high expectations support him, while malice, selfish exploitation, and tyranny challenge him. Nor are these hostile forces all purely external. Rarely has an author explored so searchingly as MacDonald the soul of a faithful squire and a rejected lover-for this is what Anodos is, when all is said and done. None of the most famous beta males in literature-certainly not Vergil’s “faithful Achates,” not Cervantes’ unforgettable Sancho Panza, not even Homer’s Eumaios (“Oh! my swineherd!”)-is portrayed with the richness, depth, and multi-dimensionality of MacDonald’s visitor to Fairy Land. Just possibly Spenser’s Timias (Prince Arthur’s squire, whose tale is told in books 3 and 4 of The Faerie Queene) could be MacDonald’s model. Like Timias, Anodos accepts his supportive role with equanimity and even learns the value of unrequited love, and yet, also like Timias, he possesses courage, skill, and resolve. He also combats dark forces within himself, an effort that ultimately endows him with insight, surpassing his master’s, into the darkness that masks as holiness-to oppose which he gladly sacrifices his life. Before that moment he ha

Language:

English

Narrators:

LibriVox Community

Length:

7h 24m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

01:54


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

10:22


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

04:05


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

28:13


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

25:25


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

19:08


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

19:22


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

18:40


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

09:16


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

16:16


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

20:35


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

15:32


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

17:58


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

55:03


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

17:21


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

10:27


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

04:31


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

00:01


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

11:08


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

39:14


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

19:52


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

12:20


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

20:25


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

30:36


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

08:48


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

08:20