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Ranald Bannerman's Boyhood

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(4,755 Sterne; 47 Bewertungen)

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

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The Glimmer of Twilight

10:05

Read by Matthew Walton

My Father

8:30

Read by Matthew Walton

Kirsty

7:56

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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

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Bewertungen

A Valuable Book

(5 Sterne)

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 Sterne)

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 Sterne)

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

Growing Up

(5 Sterne)

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

(4 Sterne)

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

Deeply Impressing

(5 Sterne)

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

Most Beautiful

(5 Sterne)

An amazing and beautiful story of life.

story so very enjoyable, readers just ok

(5 Sterne)