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Lilith

George MacDonald

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1. 00 – Introduction
2. 01 – The Library
3. 02 – The Mirror
4. 03 – The Raven
5. 04 – Somewhere or Nowhere?
6. 05 – The Old Church
7. 06 – The Sexton’s Cottage
8. 07 – The Cemetery
9. 08 – My Father’s Manuscript
10. 09 – I Repent
11. 10 – The Bad Burrow
12. 11 – The Evil Wood
13. 12 – Friends and Foes
14. 13 – The Little Ones
15. 14 – A Crisis
16. 15 – A Strange Hostess
17. 16 – A Gruesome Dance
18. 17 – A Grotesque Tragedy
19. 18 – Dead or Alive?
20. 19 – The White Leech
21. 20 – Gone!–But How?
22. 21 – The Fugitive Mother
23. 22 – Bulika
24. 23 – A Woman of Bulika
25. 24 – The White Leopardess
26. 25 – The Princess
27. 26 – A Battle Royal
28. 27 – The Silent Fountain
29. 28 – I Am Silenced
30. 29 – The Persian Cat
31. 30 – Adam Explains
32. 31 – The Sexton’s Old Horse
33. 32 – The Lovers and the Bags
34. 33 – Lona’s Narrative
35. 34 – Preparation
36. 35 – The Little Ones in Bulika
37. 36 – Mother and Daughter
38. 37 – The Shadow
39. 38 – To The House of Bitterness
40. 39 – That Night
41. 40 – The House of Death
42. 41 – I Am Sent
43. 42 – I Sleep The Sleep
44. 43 – The Dreams That Came
45. 44 – The Waking
46. 45 – The Journey Home
47. 46 – The City
48. 47 – The “Endless Ending”

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Summary

A fantasy novel first published in 1895, Lilith follows a young man on his inter-dimensional journey of spiritual discovery, as he acquaints himself with his family’s past and unearths a life-changing secret. Moreover, it deals with the introspection of its protagonist, as he is hurled into a mysterious setting where he encounters bizarre creatures that challenge the validity of his temporal values. Examining issues including the essence of life, wisdom, death, redemption, and salvation, the novel presents a masterfully woven plot that marks the piece as one of MacDonald’s darkest and most intense contributions to the fantasy genre. The novel begins with the introduction of Mr. Vane, a young educated man, who has inherited a fortune from his late father, including their family residence which has been in their family for centuries. Having a keen interest in books, Mr. Vane explores the house’s library, which is home to many old books. One day, he comes across an apparition of a man dressed in black, who he later discovers to be the ghost of Mr. Raven, the librarian of his great-grandfather. Deciding to follow the ghost, Mr. Vane is lead into a strange room where he finds a large mirror. Surprisingly, he notices that the mirror does not show a reflection, but instead shows an image of a foreign background and scenery. Subsequently, he falls through the mirror and finds himself in an unknown land, face to face with a raven. Losing all sense of time and space, Mr. Vane also realizes that the bird and Mr. Raven are one, as he witnesses his baffling ability to alter his form. So, begins Mr. Vane’s gripping journey as he witnesses the eerie wonders and dark elements of the strange land, while he also gradually comes to understand that his profane knowledge is not of much assistance in his new surroundings, and instead relies on a more profound outlook. Nonetheless, Macdonald’s piece has enthralled and influenced many writers since its initial release, most notable of which is author C.S Lewis, who had made many references to the novel in his own works. Owing its success to MacDonald’s generous supply of myth, colorful imagination, allegorical references, and descriptive language, Lilith is guaranteed to mesmerize with its unique spiritual and philosophical ideas that impel its readers to ponder over their thoughts time and time again.

Reviews

kathy G.

- Lilith

I am listening for the third or fourth time. I know I will receive a fresh or deeper insight each time I listen.

Kenneth

- Lilith

Lilith has so much beauty to it and so many levels and the story is quite intriguing with it's message of unconditional love, something easily spoken of but much more difficult to accomplish. This reading by Pete Williams is so beautifully done that as it is with a great song "the original is still the greatest." This prose combined with this reading is an experience. Other fantasy books can be interesting but the intellect of this book borders on brilliance.

Bryan

- Lilith

One of my favorite works. This strange cerebral journey filled me with wonder and a unique terror for moments at a time. This is a very underrated piece. I have never loved and hated any one character so much all at once.