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Two of George MacDonald's most fascinating--and meaningful--novels for children. Princess Irene and the intrepid Curdie overthrow the kingdom of the goblins with help from the princess's mysterious and powerful grandmother. More than just children's stories, these novels hold deeper meanings for adult readers who are interested in the spiritual life and the battle between Two of George MacDonald's most fascinating--and meaningful--novels for children. Princess Irene and the intrepid Curdie overthrow the kingdom of the goblins with help from the princess's mysterious and powerful grandmother. More than just children's stories, these novels hold deeper meanings for adult readers who are interested in the spiritual life and the battle between good and evil. Newly designed and typeset by Waking Lion Press.


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Two of George MacDonald's most fascinating--and meaningful--novels for children. Princess Irene and the intrepid Curdie overthrow the kingdom of the goblins with help from the princess's mysterious and powerful grandmother. More than just children's stories, these novels hold deeper meanings for adult readers who are interested in the spiritual life and the battle between Two of George MacDonald's most fascinating--and meaningful--novels for children. Princess Irene and the intrepid Curdie overthrow the kingdom of the goblins with help from the princess's mysterious and powerful grandmother. More than just children's stories, these novels hold deeper meanings for adult readers who are interested in the spiritual life and the battle between good and evil. Newly designed and typeset by Waking Lion Press.

30 review for The Princess and the Goblin / Princess and Curdie

  1. 4 out of 5

    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. '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.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Cyr

    Just re-read this, a few years after reading it for the first time, mostly because it was in the same collection as The Princess and the Wise Woman which I finished not long ago. I liked it more this time, maybe because The Princess and the Wise Woman helped prepare me to better appreciate MacDonald's particular genius. What he excels at is taking the spiritual and making it seem not the familiar, dusty, "tame" thing we tend to fall into thinking it is, and makes it come alive as something myste Just re-read this, a few years after reading it for the first time, mostly because it was in the same collection as The Princess and the Wise Woman which I finished not long ago. I liked it more this time, maybe because The Princess and the Wise Woman helped prepare me to better appreciate MacDonald's particular genius. What he excels at is taking the spiritual and making it seem not the familiar, dusty, "tame" thing we tend to fall into thinking it is, and makes it come alive as something mysterious, unpredictable and unexpected, strange and beautiful, sometimes frightening and uncomfortable - all by recasting it as fairy-tale and then lifting it back up into Christianity. The thing that turns out to be the power and magic behind Faerie, turns out to be the Power that created the Heavens and the Earth, the idea of which we had shrunk down to a little diorama of bible story characters. He manages to inject wonder and mystery back into the world, while still directing our reverence to the proper directions. It's the antidote to all my Sunday School lessons with little felt cartoon sheep and Davids on a little felt board, which taught my child-self that Christianity was boring, lifeless, a thing for half-senile old women, devoid of adventure or danger, something "nice" in the way that doilies are nice. I had the backwards view that Christianity was like Bilbo's comfortable hole with a stocked pantry and where nothing unexpected ever happened, when George MacDonald knew it was more like the journey through the Wild to the Lonely Mountain, to face a dragon, and possibly come back alive. Sorry, Sunday-school teachers. You didn't read enough fairy-tales, else you might have helped me a lot more.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Wendy

    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.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Kristin Whittington

    MacDonald makes my world more beautiful, and The Princess and The Goblin is no exception.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Diane Ricks

    Such a sweet story of faith, courage and friendship. Wonderful to read with children, however many deep themes to contemplate for adults.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Mindy Burnham Hedvall

    My 9 year old loved this book! It was a bit over my 6 year olds head but the language was good for her to absorb I’m sure. It was a challenging read aloud as the wording is so rich. Loved that we were able to read it together!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Raquel

    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 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 exceeds the classic children's fairy tales whose main purpose is often to encourage some sort if good behavior or warn against some bad behavior. This is a real fantasy novel and while there are plenty of moral lessons in it, the story is for the sake of itself, an adventure and coming of age tale. Pretty cool once you can get past the archaic unwieldyness of the writing.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Emily Damron-Cox

    The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald 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 The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald 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 swift and true, making it a veritable 19th century page-turner.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Christine

    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. 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.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth Gajdosik

    What a charming little story! I can see now how George McDonald influenced C.S. Lewis.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer (bunnyreads)

    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. 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.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Sarah TheAromaofBooks

    3.5/5 Two stories in one volume - both are pretty adorable little fairy tales but without a lot of depth. The second book ended kind of abruptly and I felt a little confused by the conclusion, but overall these were enjoyable and quick reads.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Arne Teigland

    O so wonderful!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Cale

    A really beautiful story that was a perfect read-aloud for my second grader. The lessons from this book spoke to me as an adult and will stick with me.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Cat

    Wild about this book...

  16. 5 out of 5

    Beth

    Two of my favorite MacDonald fairy tales, with two helpful interpretive essays from the editors.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Becky

    Not a review but just a note that the edition I have is from 1970 and has a lovely cover of some dwarves in that great generic 70's art style Not a review but just a note that the edition I have is from 1970 and has a lovely cover of some dwarves in that great generic 70's art style

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Lowery

    A good fantasy series for children with plenty of adventure and lessons.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Karen Mcdowell

    When CS Lewis and Madeleine L'Engle claim you as inspirations..... When CS Lewis and Madeleine L'Engle claim you as inspirations.....

  20. 4 out of 5

    Katrina

    the girls love this book, we are currently reading it at bedtime

  21. 5 out of 5

    M D

    I confess, I did not finish the book. After half of the story, the method that Macdonald uses to tell his story became overly tedious. Besides the run-for-a-mile sentences, he takes an exorbitant amount of time to tell even the simplest of actions, or thoughts. Not a fan of this style of writing.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Susan's Books

    This is my first George MacDonald book. I loved the rich meaning behind the story line..and enjoyed the illustrations.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Shinae Wyckoff

    A classic- I can appreciate seeing how other stories have flowed out from this one, and how other imaginations have been sparked by this.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Mike Day

    Didn't like this... Didn't like this...

  25. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Daley Rose

    I like the manners and morals. The second book (Princess and Curdie) is not as good. Disappointing ending.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Nathan

    A wonderful pair of stories.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Ruth

    I read this to my 6 year old and we both really liked it!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Kristen Davis

  29. 4 out of 5

    Karen

  30. 4 out of 5

    Phil

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