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The Golden Key
George MacDonald
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The Golden Key

3.93  ·  Rating Details  ·  99 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews
This is an ideal fairy tale uniquely revealing an atmosphere of spiritual peace. It is the story of a boy and a girl who live on the edge of Fairyland. The boy has been told that there is a golden key at the end of the rainbow, and this key is not to be sold and no one knows the door it can open--only that this door leads somewhere marvelous. When he finally sees a rainbow ...more
Published (first published 1867)
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Althea Ann
Apr 20, 2015 Althea Ann rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don’t remember if I’d read this before or not. If I did, it was when I was a child. I read ‘The Princess and the Goblin’ and ‘The Light Princess’ dozens of times, and loved them. I know I also read ‘At the Back of the North Wind’ and didn’t care for it as much. I’m not at all sure I would’ve loved this when I was little, but I loved it now. It does feature the same Grandmother/Lady seen in ‘The Princess and the Goblin,’ with her magical baths. She has got to be one of my favorite characters in ...more
Jan 23, 2016 Brian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A boy and girl set out to find the golden key, which unlocks the door to the land of falling shadows. The story unfolds in a mysterious, surreal, dream-like flow. The children age through life before the end. The symbolism hides under the key of extensive study. Elements of paganism and Christianity evidenced in my interpretation, as Earth, Water and Fire personified in characters the children sought after. In the end, the boy defeats wind as he crosses the sea on foot, a mirror of Jesus walking ...more
Jan 08, 2012 Ben rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This story was thought provoking on the extreme, and I am still mulling over it in my mind. I is very symbolic and I feel in this reading I just barely scratched the surface of what MacDonald has to teach hear. It is not and easy story by any means and has many elements I appreciate only because of my experience with non-linear film. If you are looking for an easy story to just hop through then the Light Princess is a better choice from MacDonald's work, or if you're looking for a good solid sto ...more
Oct 07, 2015 Michael rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Golden Key ( a story for people grown young )

The story is lovely. Like a dream it's images and story carry you forward until the very end. The people seem like someone you should know or have known. Maybe the people you think you know are only shadows of the people in the rainbow!
Dione Basseri
Oh, man, I saw this title and recalled the story immediately, which is normally a good sign. What I recalled, though, was I HATED this story! It is all over the place and I can not figure out what happened, except some kids were running around a fairy land, having adventures without really any proper connection between bits. Perhaps I'm being overly harsh, but I can't say I ever understood what was happening in this story.

And, on checking the summary on Wikipedia, this thing ends suddenly, witho
Mar 08, 2016 Kristin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've listened to this twice now (the recording is about an hour long). The first time, I was clueless. The second time I'm beginning to see some analogies and symbolism. I plan to listen again. It is about life, after life, and the journey from one to the next.
Consuelo Baviera
Una favola a mio parere fantastica la storia di questo bambino che trova una misteriosa chiave d’oro alla base di un arcobaleno, nella Terra delle Fate e di una bambina, fuggita di casa, che si troverà, suo malgrado, ad aiutarlo per trovare il chiavistello che potrà essere aperto da quella chiave meravigliosa, per poi arrivare al loro lieto fine. E' la classica favola della buona notte che racconteresti a tuo figlio prima di andare a letto anche se in alcuni contesti i pensieri dei bambini sono ...more
Kyle McManamy
Mar 21, 2016 Kyle McManamy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Traces of Lewis' imagination show up in this great little fairy tale.
Marsha Lynn
Not my favorite George MacDonald tale.
Like all of George MacDonald's fairy tales, this one was well written and gripping. However, like most of his fairy tales, it is bizarre and has almost a non-ending. I think it is mostly a matter of taste with me -- C.S. Lewis couldn't get enough of MacDonald -- I just don't enjoy wandering aimlessly in Fairyland. Some people do.
Jan 04, 2016 Sam rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Mar 12, 2007 sallie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
it is the best book, because it says that which cannot easily be articulated in such language that might completely evade most adults, but is so important. sigh. in little over 60 pages, it is a gem of monumental wealth.
Aug 28, 2010 Tim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great reading from Hovel audio of this otherworldly fairy tale.
Aug 03, 2013 Stephanie added it  ·  review of another edition
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I believe I've read it, but I want to try the Maurice Sendak version!
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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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