From: "Andy Robertson"
Subject: Re: (urth) George MacDonald Date: Wed, 22 Jan 2003 13:19:28 -0000 He he he . . . I love MacDonald, But I agree, he's DEFINITELY kinky. But it's the Goddess, you see. Mother R*d**bt. :) She demands the status of divinity. And if you won't worship her, she turns into a soul/semen-sucking Lilith - or an evil Mother in the sea. Actually Macdonald's most joyful and peaceful Fairy-Stories are the CURDIE books, which contain a wonderful image of the Lady. He was from time to time able to recognise her divinity without guilt or fear. Wolfe has never quite managed it. Andy R ----- Original Message ----- From: "Nigel Price" T > Years ago, I did a dissertation on Macdonald and read all his fantasy novels > and stories and a chunk of his literary criticism and mainstream Victorian > fiction too. To quote one of my children's favourite phrases, "it did my > head in." Some of his stories were good - I liked "The Golden Key" for > example - but most of his work is verbose, poorly structured and mawkishly > sentimental. Some of it is also, frankly, perverse. I never did really > understand what Lewis saw in him. > > So imagine my horror when I read the following in Nutria's interview with > Wolfe ("That's his name Jim, but not spelt as we know it!"): > > >>JJ: Now you are reading George McDonald? > > >>GW: Yes, Lilith. I had not read anything > >>except Curdie and the Goblin and At the > >>Back of the North Wind and those types, > >>and they are quite good but they are > >>basically fairy stories. I had read others > >>that were about that good, but I don't think > >>they had any great theological impact, any > >>great feeling from that standpoint. > > I agree entirely with Wolfe's verdict on the main body of Macdonald's work, > but, frustratingly, he doesn't say what he thought of "Lilith". Now that you > mention it, though, I can see some points of overlap for Wolfe. Other > worlds, ambiguous goddess/queens...and Lilith, if I recall, has some > inhuma-like characteristics...She turns into a blood sucking white slug or > worm at night. As in the famous C L Moore story "Shambleau", however, > MacDonald is deliberately vague...Oh dear, how do I put this?...about what > it is exactly that Lilith sucks... --