Ranald Bannerman's Boyhood


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(4.7 stars; 42 reviews)

George MacDonald is mainly known for his fantasy works and fairy tales such as At the Back of the North Wind and the Princess and the Goblin. However, during his life he was more famous for many more realistic novels. . . among them the somewhat autobiographical Ranald Bannerman's Boyhood.

This story of a young motherless boy growing up with his brothers in a Scottish manse is full of delightful characters. There is Kirsty, an enchanting Highland storyteller, Turkey, the intrepid cowherd, the evil Kelpie, and the lovely Elsie Duff. Throughout the twists and turns of his escapades and adventures Ranald learns from his father the important lessons of courage and integrity.

When Ranald Bannerman's Boyhood came out in 1871 the New York Independent praised it as "full of sweetness, full of boy-life and true goodness". Perhaps, but it is also a good story, from the master of storytellers. (Summary by Bookworm)

(7 hr 4 min)

Chapters

Introductory 3:38 Read by Bookworm
The Glimmer of Twilight 10:05 Read by Matthew Walton
My Father 8:30 Read by Matthew Walton
Kirsty 7:56 Read by Bookworm
I Begin Life 9:23 Read by Ophelia Darcy
No Father 13:54 Read by Cyril Law, Jr.
Mrs. Mitchell is Defeated 9:31 Read by Matthew Walton
A New Schoolmistress 6:12 Read by Heather Lambert
We Learn Other Things 17:40 Read by Lucy Burgoyne (1950 - 2014)
Sir Worm Wymble 17:12 Read by Ophelia Darcy
The Kelpie 5:59 Read by Ophelia Darcy
Another Kelpie 12:51 Read by Kevin McAsh
Wandering Willie 20:50 Read by Kirsten Ferreri
Elsie Duff 12:04 Read by Kirsten Ferreri
A New Companion 8:05 Read by Kevin McAsh
I Go Down Hill 13:15 Read by Kevin McAsh
The Trouble Grows 6:05 Read by Kevin McAsh
Light Out of Darkness 11:08 Read by Kevin McAsh
Forgiveness 10:01 Read by Christine Blachford
I Have a Fall and a Dream 18:27 Read by Cindy Steib
The Bees' Nest 19:28 Read by Cindy Steib
Vain Intercession 8:00 Read by Konrad Planck
Knight-Errantry 12:57 Read by Cindy Steib
Failure 13:42 Read by Arctura
Turkey Plots 8:23 Read by Christine Blachford
Old John Jamieson 16:07 Read by Lucy Burgoyne (1950 - 2014)
Turkey's trick 6:50 Read by Cindy Steib
I Scheme Too 9:22 Read by Cindy Steib
A Double Exposure 10:59 Read by Cindy Steib
Tribulation 26:31 Read by Cindy Steib
A Winter's Ride 10:26 Read by Christine Blachford
The Peat-Stack 27:58 Read by Kevin McAsh
A Solitary Chapter 11:30 Read by Larry Gilman
An Evening Visit 8:50 Read by Larry Gilman
I Break In My Story 4:27 Read by Sibella Denton
I Learn That I Am Not A Man 6:32 Read by Bookworm

Reviews

A Valuable Book

(5 stars)

As others have noted, the storytelling herein is great. Not saccharine, contrived or trite, but wholesome, enjoyable and wise. MacDonald presents the characters realistically with their various virtues and vices. However he makes none of them objects for us to despise but sadly, people who reject the offer of God's help, or happily, those who choose to walk with the Good Shepherd. His portrayal of Ranald's childhood in Scotland is winsome, attractive and secure in his father's love.

Ms

(5 stars)

Unbelievably deep, there are simply no words to say how well written this book is. This is one of those sweet gems of writing that every person of any age can enjoy reading multiple times and get new insights from each time. I am awestruck.

Edifying story.

(5 stars)

Edifying story with valuable lessons for young men, as well as masterful story telling by George McDonald.

Growing Up

(5 stars)

George MacDonald at his wisest and best. A lovely book. Thank you readers! Well done.

(4 stars)

Interesting story. There are multiple readers, which detracts some, but they all did a fair job.

Deeply Impressing

(5 stars)

teaches great lessons and end very dramatically in the essence of manhood

Most Beautiful

(5 stars)

An amazing and beautiful story of life.

story so very enjoyable, readers just ok

(5 stars)