The Princess and the Goblin (Illustrated) [NOOK Book]

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The Princess and the Goblin is a children's fantasy novel by George MacDonald. Anne Thaxter Eaton writes in A Critical History of Children's Literature that The Princess and the Goblin and its sequel “quietly suggest in every incident ideas of courage and honor." Jeffrey Holdaway writing in New Zealand Art Monthly said that both books start out as “normal fairytales but slowly become stranger”, and that they contain layers of symbolism similar ...
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The Princess and the Goblin (Illustrated)

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Overview

The Princess and the Goblin is a children's fantasy novel by George MacDonald. Anne Thaxter Eaton writes in A Critical History of Children's Literature that The Princess and the Goblin and its sequel “quietly suggest in every incident ideas of courage and honor." Jeffrey Holdaway writing in New Zealand Art Monthly said that both books start out as “normal fairytales but slowly become stranger”, and that they contain layers of symbolism similar to that of Lewis Carroll’s work.

Eight year old Princess Irene lives a lonely life in a wild, desolate, mountainous kingdom, with only her nursemaid, "Lootie" for company. Due to her sheltered upbringing, her father being absent attending to affairs of state and her mother being dead, Irene has never known about the existence of the goblins, which lurk in the underground mines.

These goblins (also known as "gnomes" or "kobolds") are grotesque and hideous beings, who centuries ago were once human, but due to varying reasons, were driven underground and were malformed and distorted by their new lifestyle. This caused them to despise the humans above the ground and vow revenge against them. The story continues from here.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940015679021
  • Publisher: Balefire Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/17/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 310
  • File size: 14 MB
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Meet the Author

George MacDonald (10 December 1824 – 18 September 1905) was a Scottish author, poet, and Christian minister.

Known particularly for his poignant fairy tales and fantasy novels, George MacDonald inspired many authors, such as W. H. Auden, J. R. R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, E. Nesbit and Madeleine L'Engle. C. S. Lewis wrote that he regarded MacDonald as his "master": "Picking up a copy of Phantastes one day at a train-station bookstall, I began to read. A few hours later," said Lewis, "I knew that I had crossed a great frontier." G. K. Chesterton cited The Princess and the Goblin as a book that had "made a difference to my whole existence." Elizabeth Yates wrote of Sir Gibbie, "It moved me the way books did when, as a child, the great gates of literature began to open and first encounters with noble thoughts and utterances were unspeakably thrilling." Even Mark Twain, who initially disliked MacDonald, became friends with him, and there is some evidence that Twain was influenced by MacDonald. Christian author Oswald Chambers (1874–1917) wrote in Christian Discipline, vol. 1, (pub. 1934) "it is a striking indication of the trend and shallowness of the modern reading public that George MacDonald's books have been so neglected."

His best-known works are Phantastes, The Princess and the Goblin, At the Back of the North Wind, and Lilith, all fantasy novels, and fairy tales such as "The Light Princess", "The Golden Key", and "The Wise Woman". "I write, not for children," he wrote, "but for the child-like, whether they be of five, or fifty, or seventy-five." MacDonald also published some volumes of sermons, the pulpit not having proved an unreservedly successful venue.

MacDonald also served as a mentor to Lewis Carroll (the pen-name of Rev. Charles Lutwidge Dodgson); it was MacDonald's advice, and the enthusiastic reception of Alice by MacDonald's many sons and daughters, that convinced Carroll to submit Alice for publication. Carroll, one of the finest Victorian photographers, also created photographic portraits of several of the MacDonald children.

MacDonald was also friends with John Ruskin and served as a go-between in Ruskin's long courtship with Rose La Touche.

MacDonald was acquainted with most of the literary luminaries of the day; a surviving group photograph shows him with Tennyson, Dickens, Wilkie Collins, Trollope, Ruskin, Lewes, and Thackeray. While in America he was a friend of Longfellow.
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  • Posted January 5, 2012

    Enchanting!

    Please read this book! It was absolutely charming. I used to love the cartoon when I was really young, so I wanted to read the book. I remember loving how Irene found a mysterious area of her house where she met her great-great-grandmother, and this book definitely captured that same feeling, only it was about a million times better.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 9, 2010

    One of the greatest fairy tales ever!

    When I was a baby my parents bought this Colliers collection of books that had a ton of different stories and poems. A lot of those books were lost by the time I was five or six. The Fairy Tales and Legends book wasn't lost and I read it from cover to cover when I was in third grade. One of my favorite stories was the first chapter of The Princess and the Goblin. It was enchanting. I didn't realize back then that it was only the first chapter of a wonderful book.
    A couple years later I discovered MacDonald's The Light Princess and I loved it just as much, not realizing that both tales were written by the same author.
    It wasn't until I started working at a university library many years later and had a hankering for reading The Light Princess again that I connected the two stories. I thumbed through The Princess and the Goblin and realized it was the story of Princess Irene.
    George MacDonald was a brilliant writer. He has a soothing omnipotent grandfatherly voice that shines through his stories. You know that Princess Irene and Curdy will be okay in their adventures. The stories are well written and fun to read. I think they're timeless and if I had chosen to have children, they would be well acquainted with George MacDonald's fairy tales. If you're looking for a fairy tale that hasn't been Disneyfied and told too often, check out The Princess and the Goblin or The Light Princess. Curdy also has his own adventures and they're every bit as delightful as the other books.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 14, 2012

    I Also Recommend:

    One of George MacDonald's Most Popular Works

    This book is typical of the fantasy writer George MacDonald.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 23, 2012

    Eight-year-old Princess Irene resides in a remote castle with he

    Eight-year-old Princess Irene resides in a remote castle with her nurse
    Lootie and several other servants while her papa-king travels all over
    his kingdom. The reason that the Princess lives in seclusion is that
    the goblins who dwell under the mountain have sworn revenge on the
    king’s family. In addition, she has a mysterious and magical
    great-great-grandmother who is watching over her but who is seen by
    nobody else besides her. Also, she becomes friends with a
    twelve-year-old boy named Curdie who is the son of a local miner. When
    Irene and Lootie get lost after dark while on a walk in the mountains
    and are chased by goblins, they first meet Curdie who protects them from
    the goblins and helps to get them home safely. He pledges himself to
    guard the Princess. The goblins have hatched a double plot in which
    they plan to steal Irene to become the wife of their Prince Harelip and
    to use the mines to flood the castle. While working in the mines,
    Curdie overhears part of their plans but is captured and imprisoned by
    the goblins. However, Irene’s grandmother gives her a special thread by
    which she is led to rescue Curdie and get both of them back home again.
    Curdie sneaks onto the castle grounds one night to see if he can learn
    more about the goblins’ plans but is mistaken for a prowler by the
    king’s guards and shot with an arrow. He not only is imprisoned but
    also becomes quite sick with a fever. It is during this very time that
    the goblins mount their attack. Will they be successful? Will the
    Princess be saved or will she become the bride of Harelip? And what
    will happen to Curdie? Scottish-born author George MacDonald
    (1824-1905), though theologically considered a heretic, was a masterful
    storyteller who is often credited with inventing the genre of children’s
    fantasy literature and influenced such later youth fantasy writers as J.
    R. R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, and Madeline L’Engle. MacDonald began his
    literary career by telling fairy stories to his eleven children and then
    putting onplays for the poor in his neighborhood with his large family
    as the cast. His first such novel was At the Back of the North Wind
    published in 1871. The Princess and the Goblin was serialized in a
    journal called Good Words for the Young between 1870 and 1871 and then
    published in book form the following year. To be honest, this is one of
    the most fascinating and enjoyable books that I have ever read. The
    story of the Princess Irene and her friend Curdie continues in a sequel,
    The Princess and Curdie. I guess that I’ll just have to read it too.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2012

    Great story, not well formatted. Incomplete text.

    I don't believe this is the complete text. I purchased another digital version (very inexpensively) and -- right from the top -- there is additional text that doesn't appear here. Also, there are several formatting errors in this e-book which are very annoying.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2012

    Love it.

    I adoreeeee.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 8, 2011

    An Interesting Tale

    I thought it would be neat to read a fairy tale written in 1872 and found both the tale and manner of speech delightful. The author writes as if he is addressing a live audience and the tale, while slow in parts, is interesting enough to want to hear more. I look forward to reading more about the main characters in "The Princess and Curdie." It's a chance to see how fairy tales were written 150 years ago, how different they were, and how little some things have changed. (I also like the Nook feature that lets me look up a word on the spot - this story has more than a few unfamiliar words.)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 9, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    A Timeless and Enchanting Tale For Generations!

    The Princess and the Goblin is an enchanting tale about the most delightful little girl to spark our imaginations! The only pitty is that the character isn't real! Of all the C.S. Lewis books that I enjoyed, including his Chronicles of Narnia series, I have to say that The Princess and the Goblin captured my heart the most, and that George Macdonald is the great father and originator of litterary fantasy.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2008

    An Amazing Adventure

    This is one of my favorite books. I couldn't put it down after I started it. Anybody who enjoys fantasy or fairy tales will love this book. It is an amazing adventure that you can't wait to read more of. Anybody who reads this should then read The Princess and Curdie.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 21, 2013

    Love this book

    I recemend ages 7 to 12 but age dose'nt mater what maters is that you enjoy the book and when i say enjoy i mean slowley read the book so enjoy the book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2013

    Love it

    Love it great book definetly recomend it

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2012

    A-ok!

    Very good. I would definantly reccomend this

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2012

    Great story, complete text, well formatted.

    A great story. This Barnes and Noble version contains the complete text and the formatting of the e-book is excellent.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted January 15, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2012

    Amazing!!!!!

    This book is my favorite book by far!!! I can't believe how much you can see the picture when you read it!!! I love how adventureous the story is. When you read the first couple chapters of this book you imediently want to read more and before you know it, your at the end of the book because you were so in to it. I think if anyone read this book they would want to read it again and again! I loved this book and I'm sure you would love it to if you read it.

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  • Posted July 24, 2011

    Super

    Read when 7 it is addicting.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2011

    A childhood favorite

    Great bok

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2011

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