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The George MacDonald Treasury

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s/t: : Princess and the Goblin, Princess and Curdie, Light Princess, Phantastes, Giant's Heart, At the Back of the North Wind, Golden Key, and Lilith
This enchanted collection brings together eight of George McDonald's most well known fantasies into one delightful volume. The George McDonald Treasury includes The Princess and the Goblin, The Princess and Curdie, The Light P...more
Paperback, 668 pages
Published February 22nd 2007 by Kahley House Publishing
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I wish I had these stories when I was little.

The Princess and the Goblin

Fun story with delightful asides on how to act like a true princess (always remember your handkerchief!) as well as some doctrinal insights on faith and trust. ("Seeing is not believing -- it is only seeing.")

The Princess and Curdie

Sequel to The Princess and the Goblin where Curdie is the main character. One interesting theme contrasts wicked people acting like beasts with ugly creatures acting rightly.

The Light Princess

These Victorian Fairytales easily transcend the genre and make the leap in to real, lasting literary greatness. Bordering on the edge of the surreal at times, McDonald doesn't pander to easy decoding of his texts. Still, the images and metaphors he creates ring with a vivacity that makes these stories seem like they easily must have predated his tellings of them. Long stories like "The Golden Key" and "The Light Princess" and "The Wise Woman" are fantastic. Rich in language and image, I suppose...more
A collection of George MacDonald's Short Stories. The light-hearted and somewhat moral/religious undertones were evident in many of his pieces, causing not only enjoyment from a fairy tale, but a deeper reflective moment.

I have been reading a lot of George MacDonald lately, and I m very fascinated. Every story in this collection is written in an innocent and pure way. If read to a younger audience, it would seem like a fun and fulfilling fantasy. Yet it would take a more mature mind to detect t...more
Tessa Ryser
The Princess and the Goblin: This story was light and frothy like a strawberry milkshake. Irene charms the readers with her unfailingly sweet and innocent character, while Curdie captures us with his bravery and "It's no big deal" kind of goodness and humility. The plot drags a bit and doesn't have an especially exciting climax or rising action... the imagery, narrator, and characters are what carried me through. I was interested in the surroundings McDonald describes and the magic. The Grandmot...more
Finished the trilogy. We all enjoyed these stories. We plan to read the next 5 stories in this collection this summer.

These are the books we are reading for Wendy and Rebecca's Liberty Belles group. The Princess and the Goblin is the first story in this book and is one of a trilogy. We are currently reading the second book, The Princes and Curdie. They are such great stories with great teachings throughout. One prominent theme throughout is the importance of not judging others by appearances. W...more
Thoroughly enjoying reading the children's stories.
This is a masterpiece of fantasy literature. If you like fairy tales, it's quintessential. It's written in archaic style, with very long sentences and paragraphs, exotic words and florid, meticulously detailed descriptions of places, emotions and states of mind. It'll bring you into Faery Land and leave you there to find your way out. The rules don't apply, anything can happen and things are never what they seem; as with any good fairy tale, when I got into it, things around me started to look w...more
Angie Lisle
I read these stories as a kid and loved them. Sometimes, I reread books I loved back then and, unfortunately, I don't feel the same about them now. These stories are still wonderful and I have a new appreciation for MacDonald's prose. I'm happy to say that MacDonald is still one of my favorite authors.
Jenny Jeffries
One of those books that underpins a whole genre - this was a book that influenced C S Lewis as a teenager and set him on his path of fantasy writing. It's somewhat Victorian in language and thought, but still, quite something.
All of the stories are amazing, but some are very hard to read for a modern reader, even one who loves reading!!
Dark fairy tales. This is what precedes Lewis, Tolkein, and even Madeleine L'Engle.
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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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