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George MacDonald was an influential Scottish author, poet, and Christian minister. MacDonald’s works (particularly his fairy tales and fantasy novels) claimed the admiration of such authors as J. R. R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, and Madeleine L’Engle.The Wise Woman fairy tale was one of MacDonald’s more popular works. This delightful story describes how a woman of mysterious powers pays visits to two very different young girls: one a princess, the other a shepherd’s daughter. Neither girl is left unchanged by the startling events that are unleashed as a result: and the reader is confronted by astonishing fairy-worlds in which the girls are forced to choose between good and evil.The Wise Woman has been subsequently republished under various titles, including:- The Lost Princess, and- A Double Story.
Richly imaginative and deeply metaphorical. The story clearly manifests some unseen truths in a concrete and specific situation. One of my favorites by George MacDonald.
This is a sweet and very instructive story with the initial appearance of a child's tale but upon reflection a valued lesson for anyone. The type of fable which is sorely wanting today. Reminiscent of Pilgrims Progress is draws the reader to new heights of moral striving. It is a four star book.