Revolutionary for the time in encouraging children to think like children, the adventure of Princess Irene and Curdie, the boy miner, was to influence generations of writers, including Chesterton and Tolkien. Overflowing with fantastic ideas and images to delight the young and allegory to inspire their morality The Princess and the Goblin has remained one of the most exciting tales for over 100 years.
Irene lives in a castle on a mountain, under which there is a labyrinth of tunnels inhabited by Goblins. Also, within the hillsides, there is a group of miners digging for precious metals. When the Goblins try to kidnap the Princess and flood the mines, it is up to Curdie, the boy miner, and Irene’s great-great-great grandmother to use their wit and resources to defeat the wicked plan.
‘I for one can really testify to a book that has made a difference to my whole existence, which helped me to see things in a certain way from the start.... Of all the stories I have read, it remains the most real, the most realistic, in the exact sense of the phrase the most like life. It is called The Princess and the Goblin, and is by George MacDonald.‘
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I don't normally read "chldren's literature, and was drawn to George MacDonald only because C.S. Lewis and Tolkien had expressed admiration for him. Now I see why: his rich, often offbeat, Celtic imagination, his charming story full of mythic symbols, the sense of invisible worlds being very real, but only to those who are open to them, and the lessons learned by the characters, all make this a truly exceptional tale. In my opinion, it's far superior to Harry Potter, for example. partly because of its profound moral and mythic insight. The characters in this story learn lessons in a way that is not at all didactic, and certainly not "Victorian." A total delight for (to borrow a phrase from Harold Bloom) intelligent children of all ages.
Unfortunately this seems to be the edited version, but still an interesting short story that portrays princesses in a very different light than Disney.
If you want a story that teaches how to think and act rather than just going through a plot blindly, this is a good one.
This is a great introduction to George McDonald's storytelling. My 9 yo son will hear this one again and again. I am glad I finally had the time to finish it as well. It kept a VERY energetic neighbor enthralled for our 2.5 hour car ride, and he was ready to listen to the end on the way home.
There are so many vivid word pictures and thought provoking moments, it would be hard to pick just one. The old woman hidden somewhere up in the castle will keep you scratching your head.
A memorable protection against Goblins.
If C.S.Lewis, and J.R.R. Tolkien found George McDonald's works to be inspirational, that is a good enough recommendation for me.
A great fantasy story with strong positive role models for both girls, boys and frankly adults should study the morals in this book as well.
The Princess is heroic and the Miner Boy is just as strong.
The story involves themes of trust, self sacrifice and respect for others based in their actions not their status.
If you like Narnia, The Hobbit or other fantasy stories you'll love this.
A wonderful tale that should be far more famous.
Absolutely! It is such a great illustration of all the reasons we struggling to truly have faith in the unseen.
It was reminiscent of the Chronicles of Narnia-written for children yet there are so many layers of meaning that you can't truly appreciate it until you are an adult.
When the Princess was with her grandmother-such a beautiful picture of the peace that comes when we are truly 'home."
When the Princess is trying to introduce Curdy to her grandmother and he cannot see her.
This is a powerful, beautiful story and highly entertaining. I plan to share it with my kids.
the princess meeting her grandmother
been meaning to download the sequel and listen to At the Back Of The North Wind again, wow what a wonderful production
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