The Day Boy and the Night Girl
George MacDonald Nonny Hogrogian
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Nov 22, 2018 - 11:22 AM By George MacDonald Nonny Hogrogian

The hero of the sun drenched hours, he looks godlike with his golden hair aglow in the sun as he hunts the wild beasts of field and wood Yet as the light flees at the onset of evening, his self assurance and bravado fade with the light and he finds himself beset by terrors he cannot reign.Then he discovers solace, in that terrifying night for within the depths ofThe hero of the sun drenched hours, he looks godlike with his golden hair aglow in the sun as he hunts the wild beasts of field and wood Yet as the light flees at the onset of evening, his self assurance and bravado fade with the light and he finds himself beset by terrors he cannot reign.Then he discovers solace, in that terrifying night for within the depths of his fears he encounters a strange, beautiful creature who offers him comfort a girl, who is as much a creature of the dark hours as he is of sunlit days.Watching over both their lives is red haired witch Watho who with guilt and malice in her heart first cares for the two youths then jealously plots their destruction George MacDonald 1824 1905 , Scottish author of Phantastes, here relates the romance of the unusual lovers Photogen and Nycteris, in a land drenched in magic.
  • Title: The Day Boy and the Night Girl
  • Author: George MacDonald Nonny Hogrogian
  • ISBN: 9780394894096
  • Page: 198
  • Format: Hardcover

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Deborah O'Carroll Nov 22, 2018 - 11:22 AM
Re-read February 20, 2018I still love this one, so much! ^_^Old mini review:Okay, so I ADORE this story. It’s an original fairytale sort of story, about this evil lady who raised this boy to be awake in the daytime and fear the night, and this girl to be awake at night and fear the day, and how they end up meeting and having to guide each other through the day or night, whichever is their element and not the other’s and… I don’t know, it’s just AWESOME and I love it. The illustrations [...]
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Tiara Nov 22, 2018 - 11:22 AM
Read more reviews @ The BibliosanctumMacDonald has been credited with being the inspiration for other “Christian Mythmakers” such as Tolkien and L’Engle. Thid story in particular is seen as some of his best work. Despite the publisher, this is not a book that is about religion (but you can catch some religious themes as with the works with all the authors mentioned). The Day Boy and the Night Girl is a fairy tale of sorts, and I’ve heard that this is quoted in Ann Aguirre’s Enclave. Tw [...]
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Paul Nov 22, 2018 - 11:22 AM
I was reminded almost immediately the parallel between Plato's Allegory of the Cave and this story, in particular the character Nycteris, raised from birth in a dark dungeon with nothing but a single dim lamp to light her tiny world. In contrast the boy Photogen is raised exclusively in the day while also having the freedom to roam. Much like in Plato's allegory Nycteris comes out of her dark seclusion and attempts to understand the world she discovers but only does so with the limited knowledge [...]
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Jesse Broussard Nov 22, 2018 - 11:22 AM
Now this was just plain fun. An evil witch, good king (with a bit part), "orphaned" children, beautiful girl with giant eyes and strong, naive twit of a boy. After reading the first chapter, you know the arc of every one to follow, but it is such a delight to simply allow yourself to get whisked away and lost in MacDonald's mellifluous voice. Simple plot overview: a wicked(ish) witch, about whom MacDonald has some delightful opinions, manages to acquire a boy to be raised only in light, never se [...]
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✧Lilly✧ Nov 22, 2018 - 11:22 AM
One of my brightest memories from primary school is a teacher squinting at the title of the book I'm reading, and remarking I shouldn't read The Prince and the Pauper at such a young age, at which I raise my head and say in a matter-of-fact voice: "This isn't The Prince and the Pauper, it's The Princess and the Goblin!"While I can't say that The Princess and the Goblin got me into fantasy - the honor is all The Neverending Story's - it was one of the first books I ever read of this genre, and on [...]
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Sherri Nov 22, 2018 - 11:22 AM
I chose this book because excerpts were in a recent YA dystopian book I read (The Enclave) and I was curious to read more.
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Mandy Nov 22, 2018 - 11:22 AM
This was a fairy tale like short story. It was read well (audio book) and a fun quick listen. Predictable but nice. 3.5 stars
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Jenna Nov 22, 2018 - 11:22 AM
I first came across this in another book I was reading called Enclave by Ann Aguirre. Before multiple chapters in her book she would have a quote from The Day Boy and The Night Girl. After finishing the series through which the quotes were spread, I wanted to read the book itself. I had originally thought it would be a large book, so I was shocked to see it was as simple as children’s fairytale from the late 1800s. It didn’t take me very long to read it, but once I was finished I was glad I [...]
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Alayna Nov 22, 2018 - 11:22 AM
The Day Boy and Night Girl is about two children who help each other through their weaknesses. The story starts with an evil witch who wants to know everything. She has two visitors, a queen and a poor blind widow. The queen has a boy with blond hair and dark eyes; the widow has a daughter with black hair and light blue eyes. The widow dies and the witch makes the queen think that her child is dead and sends her away. The witch keeps both of the children away from each other. One knows only the [...]
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Megan (ReadingRover) Nov 22, 2018 - 11:22 AM
I learned about this story because it is mentioned in the book Enclave by Ann Aguirre. The idea of it fascinated me as do most fairytales so I decided to get it from the library.The book is about a witch who experimentally keeps two children locked up in her castle. One is a boy who is only allowed to see the sun and never know of darkness and the other is a girl who is kept underground in darkness with no more than a dim single lamp. Each knows nothing of the other. Eventually they discover the [...]
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Judy Nov 22, 2018 - 11:22 AM
Not having read George MacDonald since my teenage years, the transport back into his world of fantasy and myth charmed me. The "day boy", aptly named, Photogen, lives only in a world of daylight. The "night girl", Nycteris, lives only in a world of soft darkness. Photogen is a brave hunter and fearless in the daytime. Nycteris knows how to avoid the terrors of the night and glories in the nighttime. The story tells of meeting of the two and their escape from the evil sorceress, Watho, who kept t [...]
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David Gregg Nov 22, 2018 - 11:22 AM
This wonderful work is a perfect example of why it is a crime of the highest order that the maestro of "fairytales", George MacDonald, is not better known in our day. A beautiful and extremely creative story of fantasy, romance, and deep allegory.Read from the author C.S. Lewis called his literary "master"--the man who inspired and fathered the renowned Inklings, the small group of authors including such men as C.S. Lewis, J.R.R Tolkien, Charles Williams, Owen Barfield, and others.
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Elizabeth Davie Nov 22, 2018 - 11:22 AM
As someone who grew up reading Tolkien and CS Lewis, and gaining exposure to Walt Whitman and Lewis Carroll as I grew older, I was shocked that these great writers were contemporaries of or greatly influenced by an author I had never heard of or read. This was an easy read, a quick little fable, but the wording is beautiful, and it is easy to see how MacDonald's writing influenced so many. I will be seeking out more of his work.
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Brittany ♥♥~Proud Hufflepuff and supporter of S.P.E.W. ~♥♥ Nov 22, 2018 - 11:22 AM
I read this book after falling in love with the razorland series.This book is probably the worst book I've read in the last few years. I just was not impressed! it took me close to 2 days to read 42 pages -.-
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Jacob Nov 22, 2018 - 11:22 AM
One of the most imaginative and moving stories about learning to see the world and relationships that I've read. For a review of mine on this book with more depth, see seeinglessons/201
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Chad Nov 22, 2018 - 11:22 AM
An amusing children's tale written in educated prose, The Day Boy and the Night Girl incorporates the usual character types in faerie and exploits them to produce a genuinely original story. As a master communicator, MacDonald aptly relates subtle themes throughout the broader narrative structure.
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Janelle Nov 22, 2018 - 11:22 AM
I just couldn't stand reading about a child locked in the dark her whole life.
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Deanna Joan Nov 22, 2018 - 11:22 AM
This was adorable!I loved seeing the parallels between this story and the Razorland trilogy!
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Stven Nov 22, 2018 - 11:22 AM
"She followed the firefly, which, like herself, was seeking the way out. If it did not know the way, it was yet light; and, because all light is one, any light may serve to guide to more light."What a delightful book! The premise is "high concept" and the plot is slender; the story per se could be told in a page or two. But MacDonald pretty much makes poetry of it.I've tried to read MacDonald in the past because he was said to be an influence on C. S. Lewis, but this is the first work of his I'v [...]
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Gretchen Nov 22, 2018 - 11:22 AM
MacDonald in his element! While MacDonald's ideas are wonderful in any setting, it is really in the fairy tale format that he is at his literary best. In this tale, the master storyteller explores ideas of light, darkness, camaraderie, and the forces of evil in an engaging setting, creating depth to the ideas.Two children born near the same time are carefully trained to be accustomed either only to the daylight or only to darkness. As their worlds inevitably broaden and intersect, they realize t [...]
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Tanya Nov 22, 2018 - 11:22 AM
Loved it!It's a cute, short fairytale. Reminds me of the old fairytales I read as a child. I love the old way of speaking/ writing, so expressive & descriptive, but succinct. So beautiful! Note: I read this in preparation to read Enclave by Ann Aguirre. The first quote in the book was beautiful & intrigued me.
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Cecilia Rodriguez Nov 22, 2018 - 11:22 AM
A fairy tale that has some similarity to: Rapunzel.Nycteris has literally been kept in the dark by Watho, a witch.Photogen is the young man who rescues Nycteris and along the way,both adapt to the other's way of life.
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Hannah Nov 22, 2018 - 11:22 AM
An enjoyable read. I think it took two afternoons, or less. Not my favorite work of fiction by MacDonald, but interesting nonetheless.
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Danette Nov 22, 2018 - 11:22 AM
My first book by George MacDonald. I'd love to see this in a picture book.A book of my choice.
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Sarah Crane Nov 22, 2018 - 11:22 AM
Would like to reread many times and delve deeper into the beauty of this story.
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Anthony Nov 22, 2018 - 11:22 AM
Beautiful story. Second one I have read from MacDonald. He really was a master at the fairy story. Short read. Highly recommended.
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Lisa Larkin Nov 22, 2018 - 11:22 AM
Found this amongst my cache of old Green Tiger Press books. It's a fairy tale by George MacDonald (aka THE HISTORY OF PHOTOGEN AND NYCTERIS aka THE DAY BOY AND THE NIGHT GIRL). Sweet story with nice illustrations by Lyn Teeple.
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The Day Boy and the Night Girl By George MacDonald Nonny Hogrogian The hero of the sun drenched hours, he looks godlike with his golden hair aglow in the sun as he hunts the wild beasts of field and wood Yet as the light flees at the onset of evening, his self assurance and bravado fade with the light and he finds himself beset by terrors he cannot reign.Then he discovers solace, in that terrifying night for within the depths ofThe hero of the sun drenched hours, he looks godlike with his golden hair aglow in the sun as he hunts the wild beasts of field and wood Yet as the light flees at the onset of evening, his self assurance and bravado fade with the light and he finds himself beset by terrors he cannot reign.Then he discovers solace, in that terrifying night for within the depths of his fears he encounters a strange, beautiful creature who offers him comfort a girl, who is as much a creature of the dark hours as he is of sunlit days.Watching over both their lives is red haired witch Watho who with guilt and malice in her heart first cares for the two youths then jealously plots their destruction George MacDonald 1824 1905 , Scottish author of Phantastes, here relates the romance of the unusual lovers Photogen and Nycteris, in a land drenched in magic.

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