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The Princess and the Goblin (Charming Classics) Paperback – January 6, 2004
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Little Princess Irene has always been kept in ignorance of the goblins -- until one night when she and her nursemaid stay out a bit too late, and are chased by a bizarre creature. They are rescued by a young miner boy, Curdie, who tells her the way to deal with them.
While mining, Curdie explores underground caverns where the goblins dwell, uncovers a terrible plot -- and is taken captive by the malignant goblin queen. And Irene explores a mysterious tower where her magical "great-grandmother" lives -- not knowing yet that she's at the center of the goblins' plotting, and that Curdie may be her only hope.
Like many early fantasy stories, "The Princess and the Goblin" is a book completely free of cliches. Written in the 1800s, this book has the flavour of a long-forgotten fairy tale that MacDonald simply dug up and presented to the public. We have goblins, monsters, a heroic young boy, a brave princess, noble kings and magical ladies. What else is a fairy tale about?
It's also striking for its mixture of childlike optimism and extraordinary writing. MacDonald often writes some scenes with the sort of twee flavour of many nineteenth-century novels, with chirrupy kids and kindly servants. But he also can whip up some truly amazing atmosphere: exquisite moonlit scenes that play out like dreams, or underground disasters that sound like nightmares.Read more ›
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Great story. Moves well and keeps you hooked. My 10 year old daughter and I both loved it. Tried to read "Phantastes" by MacDonald and couldn't get into it, but... Read morePublished 4 months ago by C. W. Hawkins
You need to be either young enough or old enough to read fairy (Goblin) stories.Published 5 months ago by Rick Carter
George MacDonald's story is wonderful, but the copy I received included a necklace taped to the cover. It was impossible to remove the tape without marring the cover. Read morePublished on December 3, 2010 by Cathy Bittner