The Princess and the Goblin (Princess Irene and Curdie #1)
Young Princess Irene's belief in her great-grandmother's powers becomes essential as she and the miner Curdie work to foil the sinister Goblin plot against the king and his palace.
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,
I had forgotten other appealing aspects: the humor, and the excitingly challenging vocabulary words. And, perhaps most appealing, is a part of the story seldom mentioned in the descriptions here - Princess Irene's amazing courage. At age e...more
The story is a fairytale, in the same order as Jack and the Beanstalk and The Goose Girl. There is a princess, a peasant boy, a castle and, of course, goblins...more
"THERE was once a little princess who—
"But Mr. Author, why do you always write about princesses?"
"Because every little girl is a princess."
"You will make them vain if you tell them that."
"Not if they understand what I mean."
"Then what do you mean?"
"What do you mean by a princess?"
"The daughter of a king."
"Very well, then every little girl is a princess, and there would be no need to say anything about it...more
All of the greatest fantasy novels depict the great trials that humans must go through in life. Though there may be magic in the tale, it does not make the going easy. My fairy tale mindedness sometimes wonders why with the zap of a wand all cannot be made well, but deep inside me...more
"The Princess and the Goblin" is a charmingly simple fairy tale--which is to say, it is superficially uncomplicated but full of imagery and themes ripe for symbolic or metaphorical interpretation. (Some of the language and themes may sound a bit trite to modern ears, but that might say more about modern ears than it does about the language and themes.) George MacDonald's work influenced...more
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There's no real plot until about three-quarters of the way through. There are unrelated events. Some are interesting, some are mysterious and develop mild suspense for that reason, but there's no force driving any character, no goals in sight, and no serious threat to any character. Characters are dull. Good characters are treacly, evil or foolish characters are evil or foolish without being interesting.
The end is...more
Apart from that I found it quite enjoyable.
It's the first George MacDonald I've read. It was also one of the first books in English I bought ever so many years ago - not surprisingly, I found it too hard to read at the time. And I'm still surprised at the level of English that Victorian children could apparent...more
Right away though I noticed that there were of course some key differenc...more
It's a good moral tale, but everyone is too perfect in it. You root a little for the goblins, and mostly for Curdie as he is the most human, but there's too much obedience to authority and chiding people for not. In one scene, Curdie is taken to the room of I...more
Originally published in 1871, my copy has a copyright date of 1907, and the spine i...more
But soon enough, Princess Irene finds out about the goblins and must stop them.
When I was a kid, I watched The Princess and The Goblin cartoon movie. I remember loving it and watching it quite often. I haven't seen it in many years, but I remember the m...more
Irene is a much-loved, over-protected and decidedly independent eight-year-old princess who is surprised to find that she has a great-grandmother who spins in an attic. She does't know, however, that she's in constant danger from the goblins who live underground.
Curdie is an intelligent and motivated miner's son who meets and looks after Irene when she gets lost, and uncovers some dast...more
The storys about a princess who find a boy call curdy and he works in the mines. He finds out about a plot that the goblens have made to make the princess marry their prince.
"People must believe what they can, and those who believe more must not be hard upon those who believe less. I doubt if you would have believed it all yourself if you hadn't seen some of it.”
" 'I never had such fun!' said the princess...more
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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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What is that, grandmother?'
To understand other people.'
Yes, grandmother. I must be fair - for if I'm not fair to other people, I'm not worth being understood myself. I see.”