- Paperback: 98 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (November 7, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1539964825
- ISBN-13: 978-1539964827
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.2 x 11 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (231 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,446,647 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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George MacDonald - The Princess and the Goblin Paperback – November 7, 2016
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As always with George MacDonald, everything here is more than meets the eye: this in fact is MacDonald's grace-filled vision of the world. Said to be one of J.R.R. Tolkien's childhood favorites, The Princess and the Goblin is the story of the young Princess Irene, her good friend Curdie--a minor's son--and Irene's mysterious and beautiful great great grandmother, who lives in a secret room at the top of the castle stairs. Filled with images of dungeons and goblins, mysterious fires, burning roses, and a thread so fine as to be invisible and yet--like prayer--strong enough to lead the Princess back home to her grandmother's arms, this is a story of Curdie's slow realization that sometimes, as the princess tells him, "you must believe without seeing." Simple enough for reading aloud to a child (as I've done myself more than once with my daughter), it's rich enough to repay endless delighted readings for the adult. --Doug Thorpe --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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To me the Princess and the Goblin is a fairy tale. Unlike most fairy tales that are stories passed down through the ages George MacDonald wrote this one in 1872. While I have no doubt that he took many things from legend and lore and fairy tales it is nonetheless his own tale. In reading this story I felt that I was a child again reading a wondrous story where anything could happen. MacDonald knows magic and weaves magic in his tale. He also knows how Faerie and the realms of Faerie works. Having been a fan of Tolkien most of my life I have read many of his essays on the realm and I recognize the strange laws of the realm that are difficult to put down to paper but you recognize them even if you can't communicate them yourself.
The story flows quickly and is lively as it revolves around the adventures of a little girl, the Princess Irene and at times the humble honest and wise miner boy Curdie. As they have their misadventures with the Goblins under the mountain you become aware of the guidance of Irene's mysterious and magical Great-Great Grandmother who wields a powerful yet subtle magic. She never takes a direct hand in things in this story but like a Fairy Godmother constantly helps Irene to help herself. The story is simply delightful.
Like a fairy tale from old there are many morals that are illustrated and one is shown the ways of right and wrong. This might turn some people off but I like the fact that MacDonald doesn't beat one about the heads and shoulders with his display of virtues and vices. I feel he keeps just the right measure in his storytelling. After all fairy tales were meant to educate the young in the ways of right and wrong though many have forgotten this.
Many books written by Victorian authors during the Victorian Age can sometimes be a difficult read as they used the language somewhat differently than we do today. I felt that MacDonald wrote clearly and I didn't really have to struggle with anything though his turn of phrases were of course different from modern ones.
So for anyone who loves fairy tales and feels that they have read them and despair that there are no more to read I invite you to read this lost treasure.
This is an ABRIDGED version - something I normally try hard to avoid. Both of these stories by George MacDonald are classic children's fairy tales - stories every child should read at least once. My own copies were given to me on my 8th birthday, and are appropriately dog-eared and worn. I bought this version for my own daughter, thinking it would be nice to have them bound together in hardcover.
To my dismay, not only is it abridged, but this outrageously obnoxious comment is written on the inside of the dust jacket by the editors: "...Olive Jones...has taken the long boring digressions and moral lectures out of the original text, while preserving the essential enchantment of the stories."
Blah! I think I'll take George MacDonald's actual work, thank you very much, which had been in print for 99 years already (sounds like a classic) when these editors decided the world needed their "morally stripped" edition.
I threw it in the trash, something this bibliophile has only had to do three other times in my life.