Fairy Tales,  Show Notes

Episode 75: Phantastes, Ch. 20-End

This week on The Literary Life podcast, we wrap up our series on George MacDonald’s Phantastes. Today Angelina, Cindy and Thomas discuss chapters 20-25. Thomas opens the conversations giving his impressions of the ending of this fantasy. Angelina talks more about the symbolism of death and rebirth, as well as the themes of the quest, the shadow self, and the presence of more dual images. Cindy shares some of her thoughts on this reading as well as the moment she first read the ending passages of this book.

Don’t forget to check out the upcoming reading challenge for next year, the Literary Life 19 Books for 2021 challenge! We will be back next time with an episode full of ideas and book suggestions to help inspire your #LitLife192021 reading. Also, we are pleased to be bringing you Literary Life Commonplace Books, perfect for recording what you are reading, as well as all your favorite quotes.

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Commonplace Quotes:

People say that life is the things, but I prefer reading.

Logan Pearsall Smith

A great public position may create false values, endow its holder with gifts that are not his own, and make a great philosopher out of a corrupt lawyer.

Alfred Noye

And yet there are people who say that Shakespeare always means “just what he says”!…He thinks that to find over and undermeanings in Shakespeare’s plays is to take unwarranted liberties with them is like a man who holds the word “spring” must refer only to a particular period of the year and could not possibly mean birth, or youth, or hope. He is a man who has never associated anything with anything else. He is a man without metaphors. And such a man is not man at all, let alone a poet.

Harold Goddard


by G. K. Chesterton

If the stars fell; night’s nameless dreams
Of bliss and blasphemy came true,
If skies were green and snow were gold,
And you loved me as I love you;

O long light hands and curled brown hair,
And eyes where sits a naked soul;
Dare I even then draw near and burn
My fingers in the aureole?

Yes, in the one wise foolish hour
God gives this strange strength to a man.
He can demand, though not deserve,
Where ask he cannot, seize he can.

But once the blood’s wild wedding o’er,
Were not dread his, half dark desire,
To see the Christ-child in the cot,
The Virgin Mary by the fire?

Book List:

Two Worlds for Memory by Alfred Noyes

The Meaning of Shakespeare by Harold Goddard

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson

Til We Have Faces by C. S. Lewis

A Dish of Orts by George MacDonald

The Faerie Queene by Edmund Spenser

Of Human Bondage by W. Somerset Maugham

The Freedom of Self Forgetfulness by Timothy Keller

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