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  1. says:

    Read for class

  2. says:

    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 is an object for study than a source of entertainment It s a satisfying read because it gives an impression of what fantasy was like in the 1800s, but that unfortunately also means that it gives an impression of what fantasy was like before it got really good.

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    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 instead of fantasy and as one it is quite good and never boring to read The reasons for 3 stars as opposed to deserved 4 are purely personal The first one was an old trope with all the adults being completely retarded and only children being able to see the danger Yes, we can be very distracted with the day to day routine and miss something, but we are not stupid After all we invented marshmallow shooter Sorry, bad example How is about a Segway I mean with obesity being on the rise in developed countries anything that makes people walk even less is a good idea, right When I put it this way we adults are not that smart after all.Another point would be like a nitpicking The life of miners was too idealized Even these days a miner develops serious professional health problems at the time the story took place these people had a very short lifespan try to inhale dust non stop for 8 hours daily to see what I mean and I am not even talking about explosion accidents Sorry, but as a person who grew up in a town with lots of coal mines I could not overlook this The rest was fine the writing was good enough, the characters serviceable no and no less that what you expect from ones in a fairy tale The story moved along at a nice pace never coming to a screeching halt 3 stars is my rating, but if you can overlook two problems I mentioned make it 4.

  4. says:

    No wonder why Tolkien and CS Lewis admired this tale A very fine and enchanting story.

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    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 origin stories It s like witnessing a birth Fans of Tolkien, for instance, can look into this book and see the likeness in its descendants such as The Hobbit Fairies such as goblins have been a part of lore, legend and beloved bedtime stories since before books, so it was great seeing an early depiction of such classic characters as the Goblin King, without which we d never have this

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    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 grotesque They 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 cunning loc 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 her You 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 loc 181, ebook.Meanwhile, in the mines under the mountains, the miners are accustomed to hearing strange sounds from the goblins who dwell within the walls They worked only at night, for the miners night was the goblins day Indeed, the greater number of the miners were afraid of the goblins for there were strange stories well known amongst them of the treatment some had received whom the goblins had surprised at their work during the night loc 411, ebook.One day, a miner named Curdie, hears actual goblin voices and discovers that they are closer to the goblin s world that anyone ever realized.He also overhears something frightening and determines to investigate the goblins world to learn the truth.To discover how the princess and Curdie s worlds come together, you re going to have to read the story.I enjoyed The Princess and the Goblin Recommended for tweens or the young at heart.Readers who crave the simplicity and magic of books like The Hobbit, may also enjoy the story.

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    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 explanation on the princess s grandmother as that was the one aspect of the story that goes totally unexplained Although I d wager a guess that faith and the power of belief play a larger part in her presentation than I ve given the story credit for having just finished it tonight.

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    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 mountains and valleys His palace was built upon one of the mountains, and was very grand and beautiful The princess, whose name was Irene, was born there, but she was sent soon after her birth, because her mother was not very strong, to be brought up by country people in a large house, half castle, half farmhouse, on the side of another mountain, about half way between its base and its peak The story is really a surprising and yet predictable fairy tale that has a profound understory which has everything to do with personal worth and esteem I loved it I would recommend this to every pre and teenage girl.

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    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 learned in class today was that MacDonald inspired Tolkien and C.S Lewis in writing Lord of the Rings and The Chronicles of Narnia, respectively Isn t that cool So all in all, I liked some aspects of it and didn t like others Duh.Zo out.

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    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 Irene s story about her mysterious great great grandmother Both Irene and Curdie, then, are all the real because of their flaws And perhaps even lovable The imagery used in the story is also delightful McDonald s creative abilities are known among all avid readers of fantasy, but some of his beautiful images used in this book are almost too good to be true Scene after scene is just bursting with magic This is enhanced by the child s POV used throughout the tale.The story itself has an excellent plotline about good vs evil There are some genuinely suspenseful moments McDonald knows how to build atmosphere, too The scenes in the mines, the goblin court and the forest are all hauntingly memorable The dark quality of the old fairytales is present here, and the danger of childhood make believe is just about perfect The symbolism of the story is also lovely Like Narnia or The Lord of the Rings, Christian elements as well as bits of mythology are woven seamlessly together into a beautiful story Parents and teachers and older siblings should enjoy discussing these books with children and pointing out the symbolic parts the thread, the orb, the great great grandmother herself Charming and beautifully told, this is a fairytale that should find its place right next to the Brother s Grimm and Anderson s works.

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