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The Princess and the Goblin and the Princess and Curdie (Princess Irene and Curdie #1-2)

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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 ...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published August 30th 1990 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published September 14th 1970)
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Jul 15, 2008 Henry rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The edition I bought (Walking Lion Press) has a serious number of typographical errors. It appears to have come directly from the Project Gutenberg text without even a little editing or spell checking. How hard would that have been?

The stories themselves are very nice, short, fantasy stories. I certainly liked The Princess and Curdie (the second story) more than The Princess and the Goblin. They are for children so not particularly complicated. I liked them well enough and think they would be a
Daniel Wright
'When I was ten, I read fairy tales in secret and would have been ashamed if I had been found doing so. Now that I am fifty, I read them openly. When I became a man I put away childish things, including the fear of childishness and the desire to be very grown up.' - C. S. Lewis

It has been a long time since I last read a book with such simple and guiltless pleasure. It is a simple travesty that MacDonald is not read to children more widely.
Nov 11, 2011 Wendy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed this book! I read it to my oldest daughter. She really enjoyed it as well. The sentence structure was a bit of a stretch for her to understand, so it was an excellent educational experience.
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May 13, 2008 Kristin Whittington rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who likes fairy tales.
Recommended to Kristin by: C.S. Lewis
MacDonald makes my world more beautiful, and The Princess and The Goblin is no exception.
Jan 15, 2013 Raquel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
On The Princess and the Goblins:

Finally finished this set of stories. I'll have to research whether MacDonald wrote any other stories about Irene or Curdie. You can definitely see in these stories how MacDonald came to be inspiration for C S Lewis, Tolkien, Madeleine L'Engle, and others. I look forward to exploring his works further.

While I found myself often skimming through his wordy commentaries or descriptions, I thought the story itself was pretty cool. It has a fantasy feel that far exceed
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Aug 31, 2014 Emily Damron-Cox rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The wonderfully avuncular voice of the narrator makes him every bit as much of a character as the earnest princess, the magic great-great grandmother spinning in the attic, and Curdie the miner's son, who vanquishes the goblins and saves the day. This luscious Books of Wonder reprinting of MacDonald's 1920 edition features Jessie Wilcox Smith's ethereal illustrations. Although the dialogue carries traces of moralism, Mac Donald's plot line runs sw
The language is such that the sentences seem long. In spite of that I still enjoyed the story and the characters. The Goblin Queen is a piece of work, Curdie is a charming young man, Irene is innocent but has good character, the Great, great, great, old, big grandmother, who has hair that changes colors is a mystery and a protector. It is a worthwhile read and I would like to read the sequel, "The Princess and Curdie" and some of the other books by George McDonald.
I was surprised this story didn't feel as old as it is. I liked it, but I can't really say I enjoyed it. Maybe if I was younger, or more likely if I didn't remember so much about the story from watching the movie adaptation years ago. Either way, it was an decent enough read.
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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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