The Princess and the Goblin Princess Irene lives in a castle in a wild and lonely mountainous region One day she discovers a steep and winding stairway leading to a bewildering labyrinth of unused passages with closed doors and

  • Title: The Princess and the Goblin
  • Author: George MacDonald Ursula K. Le Guin
  • ISBN: 9780141332482
  • Page: 280
  • Format: Paperback
  • Princess Irene lives in a castle in a wild and lonely mountainous region One day she discovers a steep and winding stairway leading to a bewildering labyrinth of unused passages with closed doors and a further stairway What lies at the top Can the ring the princess is given protect her against the lurking menace of the boglins from under the mountain

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    1. 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 more 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 real [...]

    2. 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 [...]

    3. 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 gru [...]

    4. 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 more 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 gu [...]

    5. 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 [...]

    6. 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, gobli [...]

    7. 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 [...]

    8. The Lord in his mercy has given me another chance to teach Charlotte Mason style and I am getting to visit so many old friends. I tried to start with a couple excellent books to whet my student's appetite and delightfully he has responded with joy.I will always give George MacDonald 4 or 5 stars. I love him- his voice and his goodness.

    9. One of the best children's stories ever, and of course by that I mean one of the best stories for anyone.

    10. Second Reading: October 2016First Reading: July 2014MacDonald is a master storyteller who uses a pen like a paintbrush. The imagery is vivid and inviting. Like many of his stories, I felt as though I stepped into the quintessential faerie tale. This sweet and curious story is one that I will revisit many times in the same way that a perfectly made cup of tea is always a little bit magical and a whole lot comforting.

    11. This was a really charming children's novel. Once I started reading, I couldn't put it down. This would be a great book to read aloud as a family. I am excited to read more of George MacDonald's books and learn more about him. Apparently, many writers have been influenced by MacDonald, including C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, Madeleine L'Engle, and Lewis Carroll. Thank you, Stefanie, for introducing me to such a great author!

    12. Well, whaddaya know! It was wonderful! Short, beautifully written and fantastical. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. BUT, it didn't wrap up properly! I mean, the story concluded and everything but a lot of things are still a mystery. The white-haired, centuries old grandmother for one. Why and how is she so old? Is Curdie really a prince? It was suggested but never elaborated. Why did the King and Queen not keep Irene with them? She was like, what, 9 years old? If the Queen was too weak to take c [...]

    13. The mentor of Lewis Carroll, and revered by C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien among others, the severe-looking Scottish author clearly had a knack for creating magical things. Very few authors have said that they don't write for children, "but for the child-like, whether they be of five, or fifty, or seventy-five". The Princess and the Goblin is a fully-fledged children's fantasy novel, however, but also much more than a story of rescuing the princess and the kingdom.Eight-year-old princess Irene [...]

    14. This book served as both inspirations for both C.S Lewis and J.R.R Tolkien, the latter whose epic trilogy I am currently rollicking through and wanted to take a short break from it to read a quick, enjoyable fantasy book before continuing on the merry journey after a brief visit with Tom Bombadil.The funny thing is though, this book also took me on a fantastic adventure. I was expecting this to be short, simple kiddie story but it is not like that at all. Personally if I was a kid reading this t [...]

    15. I'm not sure how I never read this as a kid; I think I might have even owned a copy for a while, but for some reason I never read it. Anyway, it's a sweet children's book. It's a bit moralistic but in a sort of wry way that keeps it from being saccarine, and parts of it are very funny. It's easy to see that George MacDonald was a definite influence on C.S. Lewis.

    16. Masal seviyorsanız eğer güzel bir seçim olur bu kitap. Ama şunu da söylemek lazım, eserin kurgusu da modern denilebilecek kadar ayakları yere basan bir seviyede. Tolkien'den önceki dönem için fantazya alanında yer verebileceğimiz nadir eserlerden. Zaten yazar Macdonald'ın Tolkien'i de derinden etkilediği söyleniyor. Eğer Hobbit'i zevk ile okuyanlardansanız bu kitaba da bir şans verin derim. Ondan daha hafif belki ama okumaya değer. Özellikle betimlemeleri güzel. Örnek verm [...]

    17. This is a book my mother has long tried to get me to read since it was a childhood favorite of hers. Over the years I have heard it was also a favorite of C.S. Lewis, Madeleine L'Engle, G.K. Chesterton and (possibly) J.R.R. Tolkien. With all that going for it, you'd think I'd have jumped on the bandwagon long ago.It took me finding this LibriVox recording from one of my favorite narrators who has lamentably few books recorded, Andy Minter. He is simply superb. I get that delicious feeling of bei [...]

    18. Such a good children's story and an easy folks read!Princess Irene and Curdie were just the sort of characters a book like this needs, and the fantasy elements with the Goblins and Irene's grandmother just worked. The ending wasn't very resolute but it was purposely written to make you read the sequel and I undoubtedly will.

    19. This is a small, but noteworthy tale. I will be keeping this review on the lighter side and encourage you to explore the story on your own.“Seeing is not believing – it is only seeing.”Having been originally published in 1872, I admit that I began with some trepidation. Even as an avid fan of fairy tales, I am no stranger to the challenges of reading older work. It can be easy to find yourself lost among the dated language and styles of writing. But that simply was not the case here. I wel [...]

    20. Okuduğum en güzel masallardan biri, Lewis ve Tolkien MacDonald'ı üstat olarak görmekte haklılarmış. Klasik masalların tüm ögelerine sahip olmakla birlikte kitabın inanılmaz gizemli bir havası var. Yetişkinseniz ve masal okumayı seviyorsanız bu noktada Prenses ve Goblinler'i çok seversiniz diye düşünüyorum. Yazar ufak tefek işaretlerle etrafımızda olan ama bakan gözlerle göremeyeceğimiz şeyleri sihirli bir dille aktarmış. Bir banyo küveti düşünün ki içine giri [...]

    21. This was a cozy, adorable read. You can tell the author has daughters since he created a lovable, if a little spoiled princess Irene, whom he does scold from time to time. My heart melted a little when Curdie, the miner boy who spies on the goblins, used rhymes to scare the enemy. The only thing I did not like was how the goblins are treated. The goblins are clearly depicted as an oppressed people so it's no wonder they're upset with the people digging into their kingdom. I get that their royal [...]

    22. I read this as a child and loved it! I still think about the book, and look at my sensitive feet in dismay!

    23. Predivna knjiga i dostojna jednog od začetnika žanra fantastike. Priča namjenjena djeci što je vidljivo po pripovijedanju i likovima, ali iz kojeg i odrasli mogu mnogo toga izvući.Evo nekoliko lijepih rečenica i žao mi je što ovu knjigu nisam nigdje našla prevedenu:"True, her hands were hard and chapped and large, but it was with work for them; and therefore, in the sight of the angels, her hands were so much more beautiful.""People must believe what they can, and those who believe more [...]

    24. This book has been on my shelf since I was, I think, eleven. My father bought it for me even though I didn't seem to think I wanted to read it. Fast forward eight years and I can say this truly was a well written book that children will enjoy for it's fantasy and themes of bravery, and will be able to relate to the characters themselves. Removing this from dusty corners of my bookshelf, I will be honest, my interest in reading this only perked up when I learnt that it had served as inspiration f [...]

    25. George MacDonald found out his talent for telling fairy tales due to the fact that he had eleven children, and after the success of At the Back of the North Wind, which was published serially in a magazine, MacDonald wrote his two most popular books: The Princess and the Goblin and its sequel The Princess and Curdie. These books inspired the two most famous fantasy authors of all time: J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis, both of whom are much indebted to MacDonald's innovative fairytales. It can be s [...]

    26. Just finished reading this with my nine year old daughter. It took us a while to get into the Christian imagery. The imagery itself is just beautiful; there are images of God, prayer and answers to prayer to name a few.All of the greatest fantasy novels depict the great trials that humans must go through in life. Though there may be magic in the tale, it does not make the going easy. My fairy tale mindedness sometimes wonders why with the zap of a wand all cannot be made well, but deep inside me [...]

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