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The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald
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really liked it
bookshelves: science-fiction-and-fantasy, faith-belief-religion, favorites
Recommended for: those who don't mind reading a fantasy tale and like good stories.

"The Princess and the Goblin" is a classic - at least in the sense that it's been re-published many times since 1871, with enough folks buying the reprints to justify yet another reprinting.

The story can be, and has been, described as the usual tale of a damsel in distress and the hero who saves her.

The description is accurate, as far as it goes. Irene is a princess. Curdie occasionally acts heroically. Irene spends a significant fraction of the story as a prisoner of goblins. Curdie plays a significant role in helping Irene escape.

However, Irene also plays a significant role in getting herself and Curdie out of the Goblin stronghold. So does Irene's great-great-grandmother: who tells Irene that "I am too old for you to guess."

George MacDonald's goblins conform to a traditional fantasy dastardly villain mold. To an extent. They are hideous, none too bright, and wholeheartedly devoted to making the good guy's life miserable. MacDonald also shows them as individuals, with distinct personalities and foibles.

It's a fairly easy read, although I suspect some contemporary readers will find the 1870s literary conventions a bit distracting. At least at first.

MacDonald's use of Christian allusions and symbolism may take getting used to, too, and that's another topic.
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Reading Progress

July, 2019 – Started Reading
July, 2019 – Finished Reading
August 21, 2019 – Shelved
August 21, 2019 – Shelved as: science-fiction-and-fantasy
August 21, 2019 – Shelved as: faith-belief-religion
August 26, 2019 – Shelved as: favorites

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