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The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald
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Mar 17, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: fiction
Read in August, 2007

Irene, a young princess, meets her magical great-great-etc-grandmother who lives upstairs, and is given a magical thread. This helps her when the goblins, who live underground, try to kidnap her. The plot is thwarted by Curdie, a brave young miner who eavesdrops on the goblins.

This fantasy “for childlike people, not children” was written in 1872, and while it doesn’t have the timeless, absurd wonder of Alice In Wonderland, it is a good story. The religious overtones (the people must believe in the grandmother to see her) are fairly muted for the time. Impressively, MacDonald has Irene rescue Curdie, not the other way around, although she doesn’t have any initiative: she only follows the magic thread. In all, it’s far more a fun adventure to be read for its own sake than as a historical curiosity.

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