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An abridged version of George MacDonald's book, "Annals of a Quiet Neighborhood" which was first published in 1865 as a serial in the "Sunday Magazine" in England.A work of faith and hope, repentance and redemption, this novel, set in Marshmallows, a rural location in Victorian England, is the story of a young vicar, Harry Walton, beginning work in his first parish. As heAn abridged version of George MacDonald's book, "Annals of a Quiet Neighborhood" which was first published in 1865 as a serial in the "Sunday Magazine" in England.A work of faith and hope, repentance and redemption, this novel, set in Marshmallows, a rural location in Victorian England, is the story of a young vicar, Harry Walton, beginning work in his first parish. As he wins the confidence and affection of his parishioners he also comes to know the web of entanglements and sorrows that bind many of them, including the lovely and evasive young woman who lives with her mother and niece in stately Oldcastle Hall, the center of some of the neighborhood's longest hidden secrets.This is Book One of what has come to be called "The Marshmallows Trilogy." The sequels are "The Seaboard Parish" and "The Vicar's Daughter."...

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ISBN : 9780940652606
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 305 Pages
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Annals of a Quiet Neighborhood Reviews

  • Andrew
    2019-03-11 21:38

    Full of spiritual wisdom and the life of Christ, even more than most others by MacDonald that I have read. It is somewhat like taking Baxter's The Reformed Pastor, and casting it into fiction. My dear friend Len Pine, pastor of the Bible Presbyterian church in Bonner's Ferry, Idaho, read it upon my recommendation. He wrote me afterward with gratitude, "rarely have a I read a book that has brought such pleasure to my heart and insight to my mind all at the same time. " I wholeheartedly concur with my brother in this.

  • ian nix
    2019-03-18 21:50

    It's gonna take me a while to finish this one, because it's one that I love to move through slowly. MacDonald puts into words not one or even a few, but several of the concepts that often fly around my brain, and that's just... pleasing.

  • Charlotte Gunther
    2019-03-09 23:56

    MacDonald tells his stories so that his readers might understand God's love and mercy. But the unquestioned rules of class in 19thC England seem greater than biblical admonitions. One's station in life is determined by birth and heritage, and it is one's christian duty to maintain that place. But excellence in godliness and spirituality is possible for anyone, no matter the circumstances of his birth. In this story we see the struggles of a village parson (who is grateful for his status as a 'gentleman') as he persuades by word and deed to bring his flock to godliness. There is godliness in the most humble of his people and wickedness among those who are high-born. Polite direct speech rules in every conversation. Good story, good talk, and concepts about God that are worthy of contemplation and practice.

  • Kelly
    2019-03-21 23:03

    Pretty good. The story held my interest and I feel like the author had a good understanding of people. He is a bit too preachy. I love wise tidbits, but when you start copying out whole sermons into your novel... Well, maybe it's time for a bit of careful editing.

  • Ryan
    2019-02-24 05:49

    It's a long sermon with some narrative in-between. Just when you are thinking, enough of the sermon already, he gets back to the narrative.

  • Erin Schanz
    2019-03-21 06:03

    Librivox audio version is terrible! I gave up. Might try again when I have time to read the hard copy.

  • Audrey
    2019-02-20 01:42

    At first I wasn’t sure if I would enjoy the ramblings of an aged man recounting his experiences in “a quiet neighbourhood.” However, the many simple truths the writer brought out in his accountings of events and happenings in the neighbourhood were most inspiring, and often portrayed in a most enchanting way.He speaks of loving one’s neighbour as oneself; of living out the life of Jesus in simple yet reverent ways by placing a high value on each person, regardless of class, rank, intelligence, abilities, or giftedness. He speaks about the gift of the Holy Spirit, “the one gift promised without reserve to those who ask it--the one gift worth having--the gift which makes all other gifts a thousand-fold in value, is the gift of the Holy Spirit, the spirit of the child Jesus, who will take of the things of Jesus, and show them to you--make you understand them, that is--so that you shall see them to be true, and love Him with all your heart and soul, and your neighbor as yourselves.” And this essential loving of our neighbor is possible only through fresh encounters with Jesus, “for when once you have seen the face of Jesus Christ, you will be so filled with His glory and goodness and grace, that you will just live in Him and not in yourself at all.”I so much appreciated the way the author stressed honesty and transparency with the self, in attending to one’s “inner work,” in order to be a true servant. He describes it well in his words, “no man's life is fit for representation as a work of art save in proportion as there has been a significant relation between his outer and inner life, a visible outcome of some sort of harmony between them.”And finally, I appreciated his giving all recognition and glory to God for all creation, for all things good in us, for “God had created all our worships, reverences, tendernesses, loves. That they had come out of His heart, and He had made them in us because they were in Him first. That otherwise He would not have cared to make them. That all that we could imagine of the wise, the lovely, the beautiful, was in Him, only infinitely more of them than we could not merely imagine, but understand, even if He did all He could to explain them to us, to make us understand them.”

  • Kilian Metcalf
    2019-02-21 02:51

    Creating virtuous characters who are not boring is one of the greatest challenges a writer faces. Villains are so much more fun, and most regular heroes and heroines are just middling good. To have a central figure who consistently struggles with moral questions without turning him/her into a prig is not an easy task. Trollope could do it, so could Tolkien and Marilyne Robinson, but I suspect they struggled with the same issues in their personal lives that their characters do in their fiction. Most of us are fortunately exempt from deep moral challenges.MacDonald was an ordained minister who was constantly at odds with the leaders of his denomination because he refused to adhere to their rigid ideas of right and wrong. He turned to writing to support his family and to give voice to his opinions about what constitutes moral behavior. He isn't above a little preaching in his novels, but it is not offensive. He was a major influence on C S Lewis, who acknowledges MacDonald as his 'master.' This need to communicate moral values doesn't stop MacDonald from writing some ripping good stories, and his two fantasy novels Phantastes and Lilith are classic forerunners of the genre. His children's stories are fun, too. I have a copy of The Light Princess illustrated by Maurice Sendak that is a delight. The Golden Key, The Princess and the Goblin, and the Princess and Curdie are light-handed accounts of the moral questions that children (and adults) face every day. Try to avoid the bowdlerized versions of his Scottish stories. The Scots dialect is a treat to read, and the digressions are the best part. The versions where the dialect as been eliminated, and the stories condensed are abominations IMHO.This book isn't one of his best, but even his lesser works are worth the time to read them.

  • Renee Wolcott
    2019-02-28 21:51

    I love George MacDonald, particularly his work for children. This novel is a heavy slog, but I feel honor bound to read his collected works. I may change my mind. In this book, he quotes entire sermons and the lyrics to several Christmas carols. In between these uphill portions, the plot can be snappy but is didactically Christian. (Unsurprisingly, since the narrator is an Anglican clergyman.) I have found it thought-provoking, and perhaps even good for my soul, but not terribly enjoyable. Lots of praise of nature as the house of God, and earnest rejections of class prejudice.

  • Sylvester
    2019-03-07 02:56

    3.5*There was something very comforting and reassuring about this book. Following this man as he moves to a new parish, meets his people and gets to know their troubles - living inside his mind for a while - it lifted my spirits. Here is a sincerely caring person living out his beliefs, making mistakes, having to apologize, learning from the people he serves. Not heavy on plot, but a soothing, if slightly sentimental story about what it's like to be a minister in a old country parish.

  • Cynthia
    2019-03-05 23:49

    It was wonderful to see a true pastor's heart so clearly displayed in the life of the protagonist. My highlights in this book were numerous as I traveled with this new pastor while he entered the lives of all those around him. He truly entered into their joys and sorrows and ministered the Word of God without apology.

  • Glen Grunau
    2019-03-18 02:46

    I see that I read this 5 years ago. Well, I think I need to have another go at it! This time my wife is reading it with me. I'm not sure which version I will get in my Kindle Collected works, as I see different editions available, ranging from 300+ pages to over 600 pages!

  • Scott Lake
    2019-03-22 04:37

    For whatever reason, I found this to be quite slow in action and I often lost interest. I'm glad I am through the book. A bit of a disappointing and abrupt ending that feels as if GMD also felt he needed to get on with the ending.

  • Frans Karlsson
    2019-03-10 01:54

    A Story about Harry Walton the new vicar at Marshmallows. The story tells about his work and relationship with his people and his growing love for the daughter in Oldastle Hall. Interesting to see how a vicars life looked like and how he managed to reoncile and help his people towards knowing God.

  • Jo
    2019-02-23 21:46

    A good story with great character development. This is my first MacDonald. I started Phantasies because I heard in a lecture that C S Lewis read this book and credits it towards his becoming a Christian.

  • Tiffany
    2019-03-06 04:50

    So far, this is my favorite George MacDonald book. Great insight into thoughts and motivations of everyday people. This book has helped me give context to his other Christian writings that are not in story form (Unspoken Sermons, The miracles of our Lord, Hope of the Gospel).

  • Joshua
    2019-03-12 03:53


  • Maria
    2019-02-24 23:06

    Only read this book if you are in love with George Macdonald, otherwise you might be bored to tears.

  • Karen
    2019-03-14 00:06

    If you are going to read George MacDonald, and you should, please get a copy that is edited for today's reader, you will enjoy his stories so much more.

  • Lynda Newman
    2019-03-06 01:01

    Yes, this is heavy, hard reading, but awesome. Has everything.