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The Gray Wolf and Other Stories

4.05 of 5 stars 4.05  ·  rating details  ·  121 ratings  ·  8 reviews
Presents a tale of a student, an old woman and her beautiful, but cursed daughter in the Shetland Islands. This is a selection of short stories from the nineteenth-century innovator of modern fantasy.
Paperback, 186 pages
Published October 24th 1980 by William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company (first published 1871)
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David Gregg
"The Gray Wolf" is such a wonderful short story! It sparks my imagination and leaves me wanting more--badly. It leaves me with questions, and a longing for a different ending. But the bitter loneliness, the weight of the curse, and the mystery all make for a fascinatingly bittersweet read from George MacDonald.

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Jim Collins
With the exceptions of The Gray Wolf, The Cruel Painter, and Uncle Cornelius, this collection is not quite fantasy. The stories are tedious yet beautifully-written. This collection comprises preachy and descriptive stories of marriage, life and death, ghosts and phantoms, and a shapeshifter. The narration is introspective and gabby throughout, though of course what did I expect from Victorian fiction?

I'm sure I'll be reading more George McD in the months to come. I enjoyed the haunted and twilit
Karen L.
Loved the cruel Painter. The stories are very Gothic, filled with love, suffering perseverance and sacrifice.
Hannah Jean
All in all, The Gray Wolf and Other Fantasy Stories is a fabulous collection of short stories. George MacDonald has all the qualities of a great story-teller; he is creative, a teacher, and an enchanter. My favorite stories were The Cruel Painter and The Wow O’Rivven. MacDonald’s stories feel like fairytales. They can be understood and enjoyed by both adults and children alike. The characters are well rounded and believable and the worlds he builds are rich in detail without becoming tedious. An ...more
Fairy tale stories. They are a quick read but well written and creative. The Gray Wolf is actually the shortest of the stories but still an original and tense tale.
Kate  K. F.
The stories in this collection show the variety of George MacDonald's writing and the elegance of Victorian fantasy. These stories cover a great range from a Gothic tale on a moor to a haunting tale of a marriage spiraling out of control. For any reader of current fantasy, MacDonald's stories create the history of fantasy and are worth reading and digger deeper into.
Eerie, symbolic: these stories are a challenge to understand, but the rewards once they are figured out are more than satisfying, in my opinion. MacDonald does not fail as CS Lewis's role-model!
Jessie Harvey
George McDonald is always recommendable.
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