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Overview Follow Sir Gibbie on his adventures through the moors of Scotland's Highlands more than a century ago. Having no mother and an alcoholic father, Gibbie must survive on the streets as a child unable to read or speak. See how this boy wins the hearts of his neighbors and offers what little he has to help others. Recommended for ages 9 to 13.
Publishers Description Follow Sir Gibbie on his adventures through the moors of Scotland's Highlands more than a century ago. Having no mother and an alcoholic father, Gibbie must survive on the streets as a child unable to read or speak. See how this boy wins the hearts of his neighbors and offers what little he has to help others. Sir Gibbie teaches adults and children alike about the ability to sacrifice self, and to strive for a world more honest and pure than our own.
Citations And Professional Reviews Sir Gibbie (Classics for Young Readers) by George MacDonald, Kathryn Ann Lindskoog & Patrick Wynne has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Publishers Weekly - 08/27/2001 page 82
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Studio: P & R Publishing
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.54" Width: 5.42" Height: 0.61" Weight: 0.7 lbs.
Release Date Aug 1, 2001
Publisher P & R Publishing
Series Classics For Young Readers
ISBN 0875527264 ISBN13 9780875527260
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More About George MacDonald, Kathryn Ann Lindskoog & Patrick Wynne
George Macdonald was born at Huntly, in the western part of Aberdeenshire on 10 December, 1824, the son of George Macdonald, farmer, and Helen MacKay. He was educated in country schools where Gaelic myths and Old Testament stories abounded. He then went on to Aberdeen University in the early 1840's obtaining awards in Moral Philosophy and Sciences. Next he studied for the Congregationalist ministry at Highbury College, London.
In 1850 he was made pastor at Arundel, West Sussex, England. MacDonald resigned however after three years of not living up to the congregational authorities’ expectations for more dogmatic sermons and being accused of heresy. Rejecting his Calvinist upbringing and doctrine of predestination, he came to believe in the divine presence but not divine providence and felt that everyone was capable of redemption.
George MacDonald married Louisa Powell in 1851 and they had six sons and five daughters together. One of their sons, Greville Macdonald would later become a writer himself and author a biography of his father. After a stay in Algiers to gain his health back MacDonald returned to England to tutor and write to provide for his ever-growing family and preach freelance when time permitted. Despite his successful career as a published writer he was continually forced to rely on the charity of his friends. Lady Byron was one such patron who assisted him until her death in 1860 as well as John Ruskin. MacDonald was mentor to C.S. Lewis; formed a strong friendship with Mark Twain after a tumultuous start and G. K. Chesterton, Henry Longfellow, and Walt Whitman were also counted among his friends. Some of his early poetry was Within and Without (1855) and Poems (1857), however his first real successes came with his Scottish country life stories such as David Elginbrod (1862), Alec Forbes (1865) and Robert Falconer (1868).
The 1870s brought an invitation for MacDonald to tour and lecture in America. He was well-received by huge audiences and by writers such as Ralph Waldo Emerson. A well-paid ministerial position was offered him but he chose to return to England. In 1877 he was pensioned at the request of Queen Victoria. The ill health that had plagued MacDonald the greater part of his life forced him to seek the warmer climates of Europe. One of his daughters was taken to Italy for a cure in 1877 though she ended up dying. However Macdonald found the climate of such benefit to his own maladies that he spent most of the years from 1881 to 1902 in Bordighera, Italy, "Heaven of the English" in his house "Casa Coraggio." His wife was the organist of the Catholic church there and they often held concerts and amateur plays in their home socializing and having a merry time. Titles published around this time were Sir Gibbie (1879), Donal Grant (1883), and the moral allegories Lilith (1895) and Robert Falconer (1868) show MacDonald's early distaste for the limiting Calvinist God's electing to love some and denying it to others.
Louisa Powell died one year after her and George's golden wedding anniversary, in 1902. George Macdonald, after a long illness, died at Ashstead, Surrey, England on 18 September, 1905. His remains were cremated and they were taken to his beloved Bordighera for interment alongside his wife. A memorial to George MacDonald has been erected in the Drumblade Churchyard, Aberdeenshire.
In his George MacDonald: An Anthology (1947) C. S. Lewis states that while reading a copy of MacDonald's Phantastes (1858) "a few hours later," through inspiration of the gentle Christian's words "I knew I had crossed a great frontier.".... "I know hardly any other writer who seems closer, or more continually close, to the Spirit of Christ himself." W.H. Auden and J. R. R. Tolkien also admired his efforts. Phantastes was to become a definitive work of MacDonald's career. Through his writing, peppered with the Doric Dialect, he asserted that there was a God and art and the expression of creativity of spirit brought one closer to Him. Other successful titles were At the Back of the North Wind (1871), The Princess and the Goblin (published sometime in the 1880s) and it's sequel The Princess and Curdie (1883). The Diary of an Old Soul first published posthumously in 1965 strikes a deeper note of thoughtfulness where MacDonald offers a prayer for each day of the year.
George MacDonald was born in 1824 and died in 1905.
Reviews - What do customers think about Sir Gibbie (Classics for Young Readers)?
Best Scottish story ever!!! Jul 10, 2006
Discovering Sir Gibbie by George MacDonald has changed my reading habits. A wonderful story with many spiritual truths. I will be a fan of George MacDonald from now on. Yvonne Barrett
Clearing up a mistake May 19, 2005
The April 22, 2000 and April 26, 2005 reviews are, I think, referring to a different edition. This edition is by Johannesen, who just reprint the original edition. They are referring to edited versions which "dumb down" or make suitable for younger folk the difficulty in some of MacDonald's writings (i.e. Scotch dialect, brief escapades away from the main story). If you are looking for the unedited version, you have found it. Buy confidently. This is one of my favorites of MacDonald's books, but then, so many are.
Masterful story, but this edition has been trimmed too much. Apr 26, 2005
I had just began rereading the original long-form version of the story when this Young Readers version arrived.
It didn't take long for me to be disappointed.
In the first, I had to work hard to understand the Broad Scotch passages, the non-P.C. language (BTW, what's wrong with using the word "negro" in an innocently non-judgmental way?) and the author's lengthy sidebars, which are all missing from this edited version. This later edition makes the central story much easier to read.
But, sadly, Ms. Lindskoog removes much of the richness and depth of the original. Gone are the insights into the characters' motivations - all we get are their actions. Gone are the many of MacDonald's opinions about human life and God's desires for us. Gone are many interpersonal exchanges between characters, such as the most of the quite delightful argument between Mistress Croale and Reverend Sclater about his goal of closing her saloon.
Don't get me wrong, this is still a very good story and does not shy away from MacDonald's original *very* evangelical Christian goal. But (this version at least) misses much of what the author originally seems to have intended.
If you can get the full, unabriged version, please, by all means do so. You will be enriched through the effort of reading it. But if you don't want to work that hard, this version is still worthwhile.
MacDonald's Most Powerful Work And Not A Children's Book! May 14, 2004
Like many people, I read MacDonald's 'Lilith' and 'Phantastes.' They were superb. I tried a collection of short stories, they were ok. It seemed the rest of his work, labeled as children's stories or novels of Scotch pastoral life, would not interest me.
2 or 3 years later I read Melville's 'Moby Dick' I was casting about desperately for something even remotely comparable to Melville's masterpiece. I read Chesterton's 'The Man who was Thursday.' Very good book. But what next?
Even more desperate, I ordered an unabridged 1927 printing of Sir Gibbie. About 400 pages of small print, btw. I am amazed. I'm 3/4 thru it. This is even better than 'Lilith' or 'Phantastes.' This is MacDonald at the height of his power. His ideals and his knowledge of the human condition come thru in prose so rich and powerful that many passages have to be studied rather than read. Like Melville in 'Moby Dick.'
Yes, if any of this can be conveyed to a child, great. Yes, Christians may embrace it and seek to make it their own. MacDonald was a minister and he preaches from the soul here.
But Gibbie as a literary character is a Titan of the same stature as Melville's Ahab. That comparison is of Light to Dark only because I don't know of any other fictional Hero of the Light comparable to Gibbie. Let me underline this: if you won't like a hero who is entirely good, if you don't believe any character can embody the universal ideals of humanity, then you won't like 'Sir Gibbie.' MacDonald is utterly uncompromising on this issue. He wanted a Power of heaven to walk on earth. Gibbie is that Power.
I believe 'Sir Gibbie' is the work which is at the root of MacDonald's influence and friendship with other writers.
But let me make clear, the book is not just an exercise in character development. MacDonald's prose in observing the nature of the book's many other characters is devastatingly potent.
One of the most powerful literary works I've ever read.
Sir Gibbie by George Macdonald:exquisite book! Apr 4, 2002
Sir Gibbie by George Macdonald The first time I read this book, I found it long, boring, and dull. I didn't understand why everyone else who read it thought it was so excellent. So I really thought hard about it one night, and made up my mind that I would keep reading it until I understood the message. Finally, it came to me, and it was so overpowering that I broke down and cried. Gibbie is a young, mute boy with an alcoholic father. He has a kind heart and is extremely gentle. His good friend, Sambo, is murdered, and he runs away. Gibbie is just a small boy in a large, cruel world, and he is treated badly by everyone on his journey but one woman, Janet. The variety of places he lived and the things he had to go through really taught me that not everyone has a full roof over their head, or enough clothes to cover more than a few body parts. This book gave me a lot to think about, such as the fact that some children are abused and don't show it at all to anyone. Or that most people just make assumptions about things that they know nothing about. I realize that I am guilty of these things, as everyone else is. This book was very compelling and I learned a lot about grace and mercy from it. The forgiveness that Gibbie shows his father towards the end is unbelievable, and I thought it was amazing that a tiny, mute boy could show so much more faith, wisdom, and emotion than anyone I have ever met, or read in a book. The story definitely had an impact on my view of how the world treats people and how the smallest child (who isn't even real) could change your life. I would recommend this book to anyone and everyone - it is extremely good!