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The Princess and Curdie (Princess Irene and Curdie #2)

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Curdie was the son of Peter the miner. He lived with his father and mother in a cottage built on a mountain, and he worked with his father inside the mountain. A mountain is a strange and awful thing. In old times, without knowing so much of their st
Paperback, 216 pages
Published August 1st 2007 by 1st World Library (first published 1883)
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whalesister
Sep 09, 2008 whalesister rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: everyone who loves children's lit.
Recommended to whalesister by: my mom
Shelves: middle-grade
See my review for The Princess and the Goblin. My kids made me read this to them for four hours straight Sunday afternoon (I wasn't hard to persuade), and then were disappointed that we had to stop for dinner. Eric hurried and got ready early for school the next morning so I could read another chapter, and the first thing he said to me when he got home from school was "Princess and Curdie!" and grabbed a snack and the book and a blanket and headed outside with me and Abby to read on the lawn. Gu...more
Barb Terpstra
I love George MacDonald. I especially like his fairy tale and fantasy books. Like C.S. Lewis, I love the theology in the stories, and I always find something that speaks to me, or causes me to think more deeply. For example, "It is always dangerous to do things you don't know about." What a simple phrase, but how many times don't I rush in to "fix" something without knowing all there is to know about a situation.

But I digress from the story itself, which is the story of how Curdie, a miner's bo...more
Kathryn
This is a strange, strange little book, and it was even stranger for me when I first read it without having read "The Princess and the Goblin". The religious allegories in the book now remind me of C.S. Lewis' "Perelandra" trillogy, and a lot of the rest is VERY dark for a children's book. There's a scene towards the end where a monster BITES OFF SOMEONE'S FINGER for crying out loud. People get maimed by teeth and roasted alive in a fire of roses. And the last page of the book is either the happ...more
David Gregg
This sequel to "The Princess and the Goblin" starts a little oddly (though the discussion of the mountains is beautiful), but it develops into a wonderful and rich tale.

"The Princess and Curdie" picks up about a year after the events of "The Princess and the Goblin." It starts a new adventure, while remaining firmly a part of the story of the first book. I read the second book immediately after finishing the first, so I can't quite imagine appreciating it as much without the history I feel with...more
Sue
I re-read this recently on my Kindle. Classic older children's book, sequel to 'The Princess and the Goblin'. In this story, Curdie sets out on an adventure where he discovers a city full of corruption and treachery, and determines to stand up for what is right. Plenty of Christian allegory for those who are interested in seeing it, and lots of excitement and adventure for all. Recommended.
Jesse
This was a great little read; quick and easy with loads of good morals for kids. Namely, 'don't judge a book by its cover'.

MacDonald uses the same setting and many of the same characters from "The Princess and the Goblin", but focuses on Curdie; the young, adventurous miner boy. The 'Princess' in this book is actually refering to Irenie's great great grandmother, who is some kind of godess or fairy or something (there are several parallels between the grandmother and the North Wind from MacDonal...more
Summer
Curdie is given a great task by princess Irene's great-grandmother. He must learn to see past a persons outward appearance and see what is in their hearts. Only by doing this will he be able to save Irene's collapsing kingdom. He is given a great gift. When he takes a man's hand he will be able to either feel a human hand, or that of the beast that is inside the man. Heading out on a dangerous journey, not knowing what perils he will face, Curdie sets off on a road that will change him forever....more
Liz
This is the second book which follows Curdie, the miner boy from the first book : The Princess and the Goblin. I liked this story much better than the first book...probably since this story seemed more cohesive to me. It mainly followed Curdie and didn't jump viewpoints. There weren't too many author asides like the first book...no "gentle readers" that I remember; so, if there were any, they weren't as numerous as in the first book. I cheered for Curdie and his odd/ugly companion - Lina...and w...more
Cheryl in CC NV
Maybe 3.5 stars. Not very much princess in it, and she's not quite as heroic as she was in The Princess and the Goblin, but brave in a womanly sort of way. The enemies this time are corrupted people, not goblins. And the messages are a bit more heavy-handed. Still a good read if you liked the first book.
Colleen
I. Loved. This. Book. Oh my god I just read this for my Tolkien class at uconn and it was our first reading of the semester and I just loved everything about this book it took me into another mindset and it was so fantastical and interesting and unique and well-written and imaginative. George macdonald has to be one of my favorite authors now! READ THIS. I don't care what you like, you will be happy you read it.
Nicholas Kotar
The Princess and Curdie is one of my five favorite books of all time. Really. The perfect blend of fairy tale, romance (yes, romance!), morality play, allegory, adventure, and poetry. All of MacDonald's books are beautiful, but this one tops them all. Highly recommended.
Fantasy Literature
The Princess and the Goblin is one of the gems of children's literature that deserves to sit on any bookshelf. The same can not be said of its sequel The Princess and Curdie, which differs so much in tone and content from the original that it is sometimes difficult to remember it is in fact a sequel to the dreamy, beautiful The Princess and the Goblin. Don't get me wrong, I love George MacDonald's wonderful books, and although there are some nuggets of wisdom scattered throughout the book and Ir...more
Rachel
Even better than The Princess and the Goblin, to which this book is a sequel. Like all of MacDonald's works, it couples a deep understanding of Goodness with a rich imagination.
Chris
MacDonald was masterful at the inner story. Princess and Curdie was no exception.

The action clips along after Curdie receives his mission from the great grandmother, but even that act is a kind of mercy--saving Curdie from himself. Curdie proceeds with a kind of flint-faced determination, not caring that those who don't understand him don't approve. And that's a critical lesson as he'll face a lot of resistance along the way.

As the story of kingdom rescue unfolds, you learn that every character...more
Gabbie
Once when I was telling my mom about an idea I had for a story I was writing, she told me it reminded her of the book The Princess and the Goblin. I was intrigued for several years until I finally gave in to my curiosity and read it. The humorous thing is, either a couple hours or the day after I finished the first book, my grandmother came over to my house and gave me the only book she could find in the series; The Princess and Curdie. I thought it was quite funny that she should bring me the s...more
Kat
I absolutely loved this story. I wish that I had read this sequel back when I was a kid and first read The Princess and the Goblin, and I'm going to be on the lookout for a nice hardcover of the two, although I think the sequel is probably the superior of the two.

I'm sure that some would find this book a bit preachy, but although its morals were abundantly clear, I found that the writing was so strong that rather than finding it didactic and annoying, I found that this book genuinely makes me wa...more
Deborah Ideiosepius
I recently got my hands on this book and re-read it. As I already owned The princess and the goblin, I was quite familiar with the story and was very fond of it. I had remembered this sequal being as good as the first one.

On a second reading it did not hold up as well. It is still a very good story; MacDonald created a very, very nice fairy tale and it is very open to comparison with other fairy tales; the ageing king who needs a mystical renewal, the country suffering as their king is not renew...more
Carly
Sep 02, 2013 Carly rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: Children 10 and up
I think if I was to read this to a kid under 12, I would chose to end it a few paragraphs early, and cut out a bit of the more violent parts. Let them read more into it when they're older. *spoilers from here on*

I never read The Princess and the Goblin, but I loved the movie when I was a kid, enough to buy it on DVD for nostalgia and posterity. Its a fairly typical story about a poor boy with a heart of gold who rescues a princess and helps her save her kingdom from goblins. Both do a little bit...more
Jenna St Hilaire
All my readerly friends told me that this book, the sequel to The Princess and the Goblin, is better than its predecessor. I’m going to have to agree. The story reads more clearly, with a more straightforward progression of events, and I found it much easier to get into.

I loved the symbolism of growing toward humanity versus beastliness. It’s very obvious, but then, this is a children’s story. Irene’s great-great grandmother (whom, I suspect, is the Princess in the title; Irene herself doesn’t s...more
Althea Ann
The Princess and the Goblin was one of my favorite childhood books, My copy was read and re-read for the dreamlike sense of magic and wonder of the rooms at the top of the tower; the gritty terror of the goblins under the mountain.
I suppose one can read religious allegory into the story if one tries (and the same goes for the poignancy of The Light Princess), but in those cases the message never got in the way of the story.
Such is not the case with The Princess and Curdie. From page one to the e...more
Jordan
I had read The Princess and the Goblin 2 years ago for my "Children's Literature in Scotland" class and really enjoyed it, so of course I wanted to read the sequel

This story is definitely a bit darker than it’s prequel, and while it did have some charm, it seemed to lack the unique charm that The Princess and the Goblin had.

Then there is the matter of the ending that came out of nowhere. (view spoiler)...more
Mike
I'm digging through the classics (mostly because I can read them for free on the Kindle) and went back to these old George MacDonald stories.

I loved The Princess and the Goblin. It's certainly not modern children's literature. It's far too slow paced, it spends way too much time explaining things, and the moralizing is more blunt (though much of modern children's literature is moralizing as well). But it still has an interesting story to catch the imagination.

The Princess and Curdie, on the othe...more
Grace Chen
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Sheryl Tribble
For heaven sakes, if you run across the edition published by "Chariot Books," do NOT read the "Introduction" by Colin Duriez, where he essentially outlines the entire plot. While I admit I have gone looking for a plot outline a time or two, it's usually a "Just how depressing and/or dreadful is this book going to get?" sort of thing, done after I've given the author a chance to involve me, and never necessary with George MacDonald.

The gripe aside, although I have no idea if he ever read it, this...more
Une.rose
This tale is studded with gleaming gems of celestial imagery: the Lady's bedroom as starlight and galaxy, all iridescent silvers; her hearth as roses petalled in flames; her grace as moonlight; her guardianship as doves dotting the night sky.





It should be noted that although my love for C.S. Lewis knows no bounds, I felt a sense of confusion (of allegiances perhaps) when confronted with the imaginative events and their corresponding allegorical messages in this novel that were mirrored in the Nar...more
Olivia
Princess Irene's great-grandmother has a testing task for Curdie. He will not go alone though, as she provides him with a companion -- the oddest and ugliest creature Curdie has ever seen, but one who turns out to be the most loyal friend he could have hoped for.
Very simple read, and personally, I recommend this for a younger audience. Safe.
Christen
Disappointed. I loved The Princess and the Goblin, but the sequel did not live up to it. Really the title should be Curdie and Some Other Characters, Almost. The princess hardly entered into it and she wasn't at all badass like she was in the first novel (how is this the same little girl who walked into a mine and freed Curdie right out from under the Goblins). I think this must be an example of why Tolkien did not like allegory since the story is an example of how it completely overrode the plo...more
Sara
Apr 02, 2014 Sara rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Sara by: Oliver DeMille

This is a upbeat 3 star book. It took me 8 months to read it, it is true, but every time I picked it up I enjoyed it. I found it to be quaint. Not particularly captivating, but endearing nonetheless.

I think it's a good example of finding the good in people, not being deceived by titles and appearances, and for standing up for what you believe to be good and right despite the odds.

My favorite lines from the book are:

"I would have freed you, but ye would not be free. Now shall ye be ruled wit...more
Belva
I really enjoyed this book. I liked it even better than The Princess and The Goblin. This one had much more depth. George MacDonald had an uncanny knack for understanding the human psyche and all the elements contained in it. It is much more than just a "children's" book. There are different levels and layers in this that will be enjoyed by adults, as well. It presents morality, faith, etc. without being the least bit preachy and I think it will cause the reader to take a look into his own soul...more
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George MacDonald was a Scottish author, poet, and Christian minister.

Known particularly for his poignant fairy tales and fantasy novels, George MacDonald inspired many authors, such as W. H. Auden, J. R. R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, and Madeleine L'Engle. It was C.S. Lewis that wrote that he regarded MacDonald as his "master": "Picking up a copy of Phantastes one day at a train-station bookstall, I be...more
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