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The Princess and the Goblin (Puffin Classics) (original 1872; edition 2011)

by George McDonald, Ursula K. Le Guin (Introduction)

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Title:The Princess and the Goblin (Puffin Classics)
Authors:George McDonald
Other authors:Ursula K. Le Guin (Introduction)
Info:Puffin (2011), Edition: Reissue, Paperback, 234 pages
Tags:fiction, fantasy, children, magic

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The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald (1872)

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    The Spindlers by Lauren Oliver (Inky_Fingers)
    Inky_Fingers: There might be more than a hundred years separating these two books, but I kept thinking of The Princess and the Goblin as I was reading The Spindlers. There is a bit of plot similarity with both girls lost in a magical underground world, but there are also similarities in the beauty of the language and in taking abstract concepts like dreams and giving them solid form.… (more)
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To be entirely fair, this isn't a book I read as a child (wish I had, though). I saw the film as a kid never knowing there was a book, and even after I was introduced to George MacDonald it wasn't till a nostalgia trip looking for the origins of the movie that I discovered this story. I absolutely love MacDonald's work, just so original and fantastic and imaginative, but what I love most of all about it, and which figures in this, is his apparent belief in the union of two people to reach a solution. There is an inherent power that comes from loving someone else, a theme pervasive in his works that, despite all the learned cynicism of the world, still makes my heart flutter a bit and feel hopeful and happy for the characters. Typical of this, Princess Irene and Curdie both have their skills and advantages, but they'll only succeed by joining together.

I have to read books like this in private because I get a ridiculously sappy smile on my face whenever this happens. It cramps my style. ( )
  likecymbeline | Apr 1, 2017 |
a young miner boy rescues a princess from goblins and saves a castle from the goblins revenge. ( )
  BookstoogeLT | Dec 10, 2016 |
Cute. Kind of an archetypal fantasy story. The language is a little high/classic - it was written a long time ago - but the content is geared toward younger readers. This would be a great book to give to advanced younger readers to challenge their reading abilities and help them grow. ( )
  aclaybasket13 | Jul 29, 2016 |
This is the story of Princess Irene and the Goblin prince. Irene discovers that she has great great grandmother who is kind of magical. Her grandmother helps her avoid getting in trouble and helps protect her. She also meets Curdie when her nanny Looti lets her stay outside for too long and goblins appear. Curdie ends up finding out that the goblins are planning on taking over the castle and marring their goblin prince to princess irene. Curdie helps the castle stop the goblins and with the magic thread that Irene's great great grandmother makes both Curdie and Irene end up being safe.
  Ivary | Jun 8, 2016 |
Anything in me that is brave, honest, kind, and honourable is due in great part to the many times I read this book when I was young. I loved the characters and the adventures, and the settings of both mountain and palace (especially the mysterious dove tower).

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 eight, *she* rescued Curdie from the cave where the goblins lived and plotted against the sun-people.

A couple of quotes: We are all very anxious to be understood, and it is very hard [frustrating] not to be. But there is one thing much more necessary.... To understand other people."

and, "If a true princess has done wrong, she is always uneasy until she has had an opportunity of throwing the wrongness away from her by saying, 'I did it, and I wish I had not, and I am sorry for having done it.'"

MacDonald made me feel as if I could be a true princess, as he holds much less stock in titles & lineage than in strength of character. And while he's clearly not subtle about sharing his thoughts, he's not annoyingly didactic, either.

" ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 6, 2016 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
MacDonald, Georgeprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Aiken, JoanIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Andronic, MadalinaIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Álvarez de Toledo, PabloIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
DuPrau, JeanneIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Folkard, CharlesIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Folkard, CharlesIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Goble, WarwickIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Guin, Ursula K. LeIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hughes, ArthurIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Joyce, PeterNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kramer, DaveCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lewis, NaomiIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Martín Gaite, CarmenTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Norton, AndreAfterwordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Parry, AlanIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Smith, Jessie WillcoxIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Smith, Joseph A.Illustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Tatar, MariaIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Thomas, LlewellynIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Whitcomb, IanNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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There was once a little princess whose father was king over a great country full of mountains and valleys.
Introduction: A story about goblins is bound to be strange.
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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, The Princess and the Goblin is the story of the young Princess Irene, her good friend Curdie--a minor's son--and Irene's mysterious and beautiful great great grandmother, who lives in a secret room at the top of the castle stairs. Filled with images of dungeons and goblins, mysterious fires, burning roses, and a thread so fine as to be invisible and yet--like prayer--strong enough to lead the Princess back home to her grandmother's arms, this is a story of Curdie's slow realization that sometimes, as the princess tells him, "you must believe without seeing." Simple enough for reading aloud to a child (as I've done myself more than once with my daughter), it's rich enough to repay endless delighted readings for the adult. --Doug Thorpe

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Princess Irene discovers a secret stair to the top turret of the castle and the miner's son Curdie overhears a plot by the goblins who live below the mountain. It will take all their wit and courage, and a magic ring, to foil the goblin's schemes.

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