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    Quaint and charming Scottish Victorian books

    It's wonderful to have most of George MacDonald's works available, although I happen to know that this doesn't have all his novels. I have a hard copy of The Highlander's Last Song, which isn't included. MacDonald is a diehard romantic, and by reading him you'll get a window on Victorian Scotland. His plot lines are a little predictable, and he can't resist incorporating unlikely theological debates into everything (at least the two adult novels of his I've read so far, not The Princess and the Goblin). It's all about redemption, and he does have an inspiring Christian view of the world. At the same time, this sometimes results in the "bad woman/good woman" dichotomy, where an unspoiled woman is practically idolized for her connection to God and nature, and her influence on degenerate man. If you can take this with a grain of salt, you'll enjoy MacDonald's descriptions of nature, sympathetic characters, and unique view of Scottish culture and religion. You will have the good and beautiful set before you, something sorely missing in most places these days. The Princess and the Goblin is one of my favorite books ever and wonderful for children. (Note -- at least the first book, "David Elginbrod", requires reading a lot of dialogue written in "Scots English", which isn't easy to decipher.)

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