The Princess and the Goblin

The Princess and the GoblinOne 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 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 evenso 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 thereal because of their flaws And perhaps evenlovable 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. Read for class 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 muchfamous 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 isan 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. 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 todeserved 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 belike 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 noand 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.

G.K Chesterton,

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  • Hardcover
  • 240 pages
  • The Princess and the Goblin
  • George MacDonald
  • English
  • 23 May 2017
  • 9780679428107

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