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The Princess and Curdie Paperback – July 12, 2016
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About the Author
George MacDonald was a Scottish author and minister best known for his fairy tales and fantasy novels. A theologian, MacDonald was pastor of Trinity Congregational Church in Arundel before moving to London to teach at the University of London. MacDonald s work influenced many fantasy writers including J. R. R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, and Madeleine L Engle; he is recognized as a mentor to Lewis Carroll and heavily influenced Carroll s decision to submit Alice s Adventures in Wonderland for publication. MacDonald was a prolific writer, and penned such fantasy classics as Phantastes, The Princess and the Goblin, and Lillith. George MacDonald died in 1905. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Top customer reviews
Most sequels are not as good as the original, but this case is an exception. Aside from a few references to drinking wine, there is really nothing objectionable. Of course, some fighting and even killing occur, but after all, this does represent the general battle between good and evil. The plot does take a little while to get moving, but overall The Princess and Curdie is a well-written fairy tale type of fantasy that can be enjoyed by young and old alike. Oddly, it is currently a bit harder to find than the first story. My only suggestion is to bypass the CreateSpace edition. It was the only one available when I went to buy the book, and there is nothing necessarily wrong with it, but it is hard to hold. Another edition that was released by Puffin Classics in 1996 and illustrated by Helen Stratton is now being offered.
The story is wonderful (it gets 5 stars) but I have never seen such a poor quality book. It irritated me every night as I read the book to my daughter and I will never buy another book from this publisher.
It's hard to adequately describe how cheap this book feels. The cover is thin and flimsy and the cover art is blurry, pixelated, and crooked. Inside the book, typos and misspellings litter the text. The printed text is small, very thin, slightly blurry in many places, and not quite black. It appears to have been printed on a laser printer that hasn't been maintained properly. Other oddities: the chapters run on, there are no headings at the top of the page, and the page numbers are always on the left side of each page (awkward for those right-hand pages)!
You should buy The Princess and the Curdie--it is a great book--but spend a little more and buy a good copy of it from a different publisher.
In closing, I loved this book. The only reason I didn't give it five stars is because the ending was disappointing. Not a bad ending, but one that left me scratching my head. Why, MacDonald, did you choose that? But the rest of the book makes up for that final page.