by George MacDonald first published 1871
The story of a young motherless boy growing up with his brothers in a Scottish manse. Throughout the twists and turns of his escapades and adventures, Ranald learns from his father the important lessons of courage and integrity. He meets plenty of colorful characters such as the wicked sneaking, housekeeper, Mrs. Mitchel, Kirsty, an enchanting Highland storyteller, Turkey – the intrepid cowherd, the strange Wandering Willie, the evil Kelpie, the sweet horse Missie, and the lovely Elsie Duff.
This book was a sweet joy to read. Escapism at its best. I’ve read that it is loosely based on MacDonald’s boyhood, not sure if that is true or not. I adore his books. This one is such a beautiful old copy. A Blackie and Son edition published around 1911. I picked it up at a used bookshop in St. Andrews Scotland in 2015. Gorgeous color pictures and pencil sketches sprinkled throughout. A real treasure…
If your interested in George MacDonald and his theology I found this excellent article that helped me understand him. I too don’t agree with his thoughts on afterlife but none the less enjoy his work!