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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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Sep 08, 2008 whalesister rated it it was amazing  ·  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
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
Barb Terpstra
Oct 28, 2012 Barb Terpstra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Nov 23, 2015 David rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
The sequel to the Princess and the Goblin, and I think I liked this one a bit more. It is interesting to read MacDonald's fiction while reading his nonfiction at the same time as there are numerous parallels to draw. Or, to put it another way, it is fun to see how he makes the same point in story and in essay. It is also continually interesting to see how different his fantasy is from later writers, but yet how the similarities set the stage.
Jul 23, 2011 Sue rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Cindy Rollins
Oct 19, 2016 Cindy Rollins rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: morningtime, 2016
I don't think this is quite as fun to read as The Princess and the Goblin but it is still a wonderful book. Perhaps its deeper lessons take away from the joy of the story. Nevertheless, it is a wonderful book. My recent student was quite put out that the history of Gwynytystorm ended so dismally.
Jan 02, 2015 Penny rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The second of MacDonald's books about Curdie the Miner and Irene the Princess. Curdie is sent out by the Princess' grandmother on an errand - he does not know what it is, but only that he must go to the King and do what is needed when he gets there. Like all MacDonald's books it is steeped in Christian imagery and meaning, the main theme here being faith.
When I read it as a child I remember being very struck by the gift that Curdie is granted of being able to fell the true shape of a person's s
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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
Aug 14, 2015 Sher rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I am surprising myself, but I did not like this book although I loved several of Macdonald's other similar tales such as Prince and the Golem and Light Girl Dark Boy. The problem I had with this tale was the message. I can't explain that message very well without spoiling the book, but the basic idea has to do with equating man's fall from goodness into representing animals. In other words beasts are symbols of the worst a man can be. Using animals as symbols of depravity and evil. Doesn't work ...more
Jake Mcatee
Sep 03, 2016 Jake Mcatee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rich. MacDonald is absolutely wonderful, and should be a must for everyone. This is the sequel to "The Princess and the Goblin" and it doesn't disappoint. Few in the modern era can achieve a solemn beauty like MacDonald and his best disciple, Lewis.
Nicholas Kotar
Jul 23, 2011 Nicholas Kotar rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Apr 09, 2014 Suzannah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Even better than I remembered!
Apr 11, 2017 Andrea rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
That was the most satisfying book I've read in a while.
Sarah Crane
Mar 07, 2017 Sarah Crane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed the beauty of this story. The heroism and the deep trust of Curdie, through a lot of different challenges. The great-great-grandmother princess and the little princess as well. Falling in love with MacDonald's work for the beauty and all it speaks.
Oct 04, 2014 Bob rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
It all begins when Curdie, on his walk home from another day at the mines, kills a pigeon. He then realizes that pigeons were associated with the mysterious and wonderful great-great grandmother of Princess Irene. So he takes the dying bird to her, but what is restored is not merely the dying bird but the dying spark in Curdie's life, that is being slowly quenched by coarseness and beastliness. He is bid to thrust his hands into a fire of rose petals through which the beastliness is cleansed and ...more
Apr 19, 2011 Jesse rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, childrens
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
Feb 01, 2016 Tarissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Son of a miner, Curdie, who we met back in the first story ("The Princess and the Goblin") returns for another fantastic adventure from Scottish writer George MacDonald.

There are many types of symbolism that MacDonald has used to illustrate the walk in a Christian lifestyle. For example, Curdie is given the ability to determine whether a person is truly a man or has beast qualities (good vs. evil). This shows that one's judgement of humankind should never be based on outward assumptions -- but o
May 02, 2012 Summer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 24, 2012 Liz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 "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
Theresa Cooper
Sep 26, 2014 Theresa Cooper rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
Deeply disappointing. I so enjoyed The Princess and the Goblin that I couldn't wait to start the sequel. Very quickly I realized that it was no match for its' prequel. The tone is different. Yes, there are some easily recognizable Christian elements in The Princess and the Goblin but not enough to put off any non-religious reader. This book, however, was overtly preachy and loaded with Christian allegory. I knew that George MacDonald influenced C.S. Lewis and JRR Tolkien and in this book one can ...more
Kate Willis
Jul 12, 2016 Kate Willis rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
The first chapter of this book was very slow and boring, but it picked up soon after and swung into a clever adventure. I loved seeing Curdie grow up, and it was delightful when Irene and her king-papa came into the story again. (And that spunky housemaid was a treat!) Also, Curdie and Lina's unexpected friendship really hit home for me. Unfortunately, evolutionary ideas, some very odd creatures, and the quirky worldview being more explicit made this second book less enjoyable for me.

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Jun 10, 2010 Mandy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A disappointing sequel. Parts were absolutely fascinating and the girls liked it just as much, I think, but the writing was inconsistent. Some parts went like "and a bunch of adventures happened, but there aren't words enough to describe them." Just leave it out then! The ending was like that too. It tended to moralize as well. At least it was morally good which is criteria #1 for a good book, but after how much I enjoyed The Princess and the Goblin, this one was much less than I expected it sho ...more
Colleen Lynch
Jan 19, 2011 Colleen Lynch rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Apr 08, 2015 Iris rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, childrens
"The Princess and Curdie" finishes the tale started in "The Princess and the Goblin." While "The Princess and the Goblin" felt mystical, this one seems more allegorical. The allegory distracts from the tale, though, because its theology seems off. Rather than dwelling on misleading concepts I found myself hurrying through the story. Still, reading the book allowed me to see how George MacDonald may have inspired C. S. Lewis.
Jan 12, 2015 Tessa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I somehow carried a beautiful feeling the entire time I read it, as I usually do with George MacDonald. The characters are admirable but relatable, and I freaking LOVE that when the story worked as an allegory the God-figure was a graceful but powerful woman. MacDonald shares lovely truths through lovely stories, and I was encouraged by this simple tale I plan to make part of my kids' childhoods.
Jan 13, 2014 Sara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014-school-year
I did not love this one quite as much as the first but I did enjoy it a considerable amount. MacDonald does a brilliant job of weaving morals and spiritual truths into fantastical stories. This sequel to The Princess and the Goblin was interesting, extremely good reading and uplifting. A very nice hero's tale and something that I will share with my kids in the near future.
Sherry Elmer
The worst thing about this book was having to stop reading at certain points, and causing acute distress to my 8 year old, who invariably cried, "You can't stop here! It's too exciting! Pleeeeeease read one more chapter!"

Other than that, it's a fabulous book and belongs on every child's bookshelf.
I am glad that Curdie had a change of heart after killing that bird. I had a similar experience with a frog once, and it changed my life. Evilness is no good, and sometimes we don't always recognize it creeping up inside ourselves. Let this be a warning to us all.
Nov 27, 2015 Lemongrass rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was such a childhood favourite, and quite formative in my attitudes to fantasy and idealised magic.
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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 G.K. Chesterton, W. H. Auden, J.R.R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, and Madeleine L'Engle. Lewis that wrote that he regarded MacDonald as his "master": "Picking up a copy of Phantastes one day at a train-station bookstall, I
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