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The Princess and the Goblin When I think of the magic of childhood, certain images come into my head There s a sort of sparkle, warmth, and yet there is always danger However, childhood magic has an incomparable sweetness to it There are few books that manage to touch on this nigh indescribable feeling of childhood magic The Princess and the Goblin is such a book.The story is a fairytale, in the same order as Jack and the Beanstalk and The Goose Girl There is a princess, a peasant boy, a castle and, of course, goblins These elements do not automatically make magic, but they do in the hands of mater storyteller George MacDonald The characters in the story are charming Princess Irene is a smart, spunky little girl, even though she is slightly spoiled she is a princess after all McDonald s ability to write from her point of view is astounding While reading the book I wanted to say, I remember thinking things just like that when I was little This is especially amazing when one considers Irene s age Few authors manage to write fantasy with heroines so young Yet, Irene is as compelling as any fantasy heroine, and perhaps even so due to her sweetness and close to babyhood charm Curdie, the brave peasant boy, is also well developed I enjoyed his enthusiasm as well as his courage I love to read about courageous children However, he is far from perfect For example, he has a hard time believing Princess A princess, a miner and a goblin walk into a storyFeel like you ve heard this one before Maybe the characters are unusual, but the form and general content of The Princess and the Goblin written by George MacDonald in 1872 would go on to become one of the foundation cornerstones for fantasy literature in the following century Tolkien and Lewis owe MacDonald a good deal Without those Inklings fantasy just wouldn t be the same today.As with many progenitors, MacDonald s book feels dated After numerous generations style, appearance and content changes MacDonald s book looks old, out of date, almost irrelevant, and to modern readers of the genre it might appear as if it has nothing to do current trends Princesses with grannies and nurses, a miner boy who wards off goblins with rhymes, goblins who can be defeated via their feetWhat does any of this have to do with the magic, swords, the undead, assassins, dragons and bastard kings of today It all had to start somewhere.For nostalgia sake, I gave this an extra star Granted, this is not the kind of fantasy I d like to read for the rest of eternity However, it was nice to see one of the origi One Of The Most Successful And Beloved Of Victorian Fairy Tales, George Macdonald S The Princess And The Goblintells The Story Of Young Princess Irene And Her Friend Curdie, Who Must Outwit The Threatening Goblins Who Live In Caves Beneath Her Mountain Home Macdonald S Pioneering Use Of Fanstasy As A Literary Medium Had A Great Influence On Lewis Carroll, J R R Tolkien, And Madeleine L Engle, All Great Admirers Of His Work, Which Has Remained Popular To This Day I Write, Not For Children, He Wrote, But For The Child Like, Whether They Be Of Five, Or Fifty, Or Seventy Five This Edition Includes Illustrations By Arthur Hughes. No wonder why Tolkien and CS Lewis admired this tale A very fine and enchanting story. A great fairytale Very reminiscent in a way of C.S Lewis writing, so I was not surprised to find that MacDonald actually heavily inspired not only Lewis, but also J.R.R Tolkien as well Classically written fantasy with strong allegorical thematic tones, The Princess and the Goblin is both heartwarming and a fun adventure I do wish we got a bit of an explana A charming fairy tale for children about a princess, a miner and hundreds of goblins not just one.The goblins hate the king because they used to be normal humans They chose to live underground, to be away from the king and his taxes, and that choice has turned them inhumanely ugly and grotesqueThey had enough of affection left for each other to preserve them from being absolutely cruel for cruelty s sake to those that came in their way but still they so heartily cherished the ancestral grudge against those who occupied their former possessions and especially against the descendants of the king who had caused their expulsion, that they sought every opportunity of tormenting them in ways that were as odd as their inventors and although dwarfed and misshapen, they had strength equal to their cunningloc 54, ebook.So, the king hides away his daughter to protect her from the goblins, while he travels across the kingdom, exerting the rule of law.One rainy day, she is wandering bored through the house, when she discovers a secret stair with an extraordinary person in a hidden room.The Princess tries to tell her nurse about her experience, but the nurse doesn t believe herYou don t believe me, then exclaimed the princess, astonished and angry, as she well might be Did you expect me to believe you, princess asked the nurse coldly I know princesses are in the habit of telling make believes, but you are the first I ever heard of who expected to have them believed I was immediately drawn to this story when I read the first page to this edition which reads THERE was once a little princess who But Mr Author, why do you always write about princesses Because every little girl is a princess You will make them vain if you tell them that Not if they understand what I mean Then what do you mean What do you mean by a princess The daughter of a king Very well, then every little girl is a princess, and there would be no need to say anything about it, except that she is always in danger of forgetting her rank, and behaving as if she had grown out of the mud I have seen little princesses behave like children of thieves and lying beggars, and that is why they need to be told they are princesses And that is why when I tell a story of this kind, I like to tell it about a princess Then I can say better what I mean, because I can then give her every beautiful thing I want her to have Please go on There was once a little princess whose father was king over a great country full of mounta Book 15 100 for 2015 Also, a book I read for my Children s Literature class I thought this book was good, but definitely not my favorite I didn t really like MacDonald s writing style, especially when he broke the 4th wall and kept refusing to describe things while also describing them like I COULD tell you what this looked like, but I really can t He sorta got on my nerves Another thing that I didn t really like was that MacDonald didn t explain everything Like, for instance, what the heck was up with Irene s great grandmother WAS SHE EVEN REAL Maybe he was trying to get the reader to interpret it for themselves, but come on, I m not down for that Just tell me, please I did like that it was very fairy tale like, though I absolutely love fairy tales, if you didn t know.Also, another cool fact that I learne Published in 1872, The Princess and the Goblin is one of the first books in the modern fantasy genre This book had tremendous and very visible influence on all the now much famous authors that came after it.It is of course very dated It does not match the standards that fantasy have created since in neither scope, story, characterisation or complexity On the other hand, it is a rather enjoyable little fairytale, and it does have its positive sides.Mostly, though, this book is not really one you read for fun Except maybe if you re eight years old and have never read a fantasy book If that is not the case, this book i Eight year old Princess Irene was well a princess who lived outside of her father castle in a house in the countryside if I understood correctly to improve her weak health Goblins or dwarves they were the same in the tale J.R.R Tolkien who explained the difference between them has not been born yet used to be normal people that had decided they did not care much about government, taxes, and everything else, so they moved underground where they changed shape with time and became nuisance for ground dwellers One day Irene discovered a mysterious staircase which led her no, not underground but quite the opposite on the top floor of her building where she made an interesting and intriguing discovery As the chapter about it called The Princess and We Shall See Who I am not going to spoil it Sufficient to say eventually the paths of Irene, her friend Curdie a son of a local miner , and all goblins intersected in a very strange and unexpected way The book was supposed to be very influential with lots of famous fantasy writers giving it a nod I would call it a fairy tale inste

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