Books I read

Book I Read: The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald

Description on LibriVox

The Princess and the Goblin is an enthralling fantasy tale written by George MacDonald. Her nurse Lootie raises the princess Irene in a house on a mountain, it is here that she meets her mysterious great-great-grandmother, and her friend the minor boy Curdie. Things are peaceful for Irene until the hideous race of goblins that live beneath the mountain start planning something big…

This is a beautiful readaloud for seven to nine year olds. It’s written in the most beautiful English. Proper English. The story starts painfully slow but the writer used his time drawing a picture of the characters and their endeavours. Around the middle of the book, we had to reread a bit to quite understand where the story was heading.

Although the writer is Christian, there is no hidden salvation message or anything like that and is it a straight forward imaginary story with good values and characteristics at the centre of it. I will not divulge more about this as I am prone to dish out spoilers!

It’s a classic story that should be on every bookshelve.

Where to learn more about this book and its author:

Unfortunately the author is long since not with us anymore but on The Golden Key dedicated to him, there is loads to learn. Among others the inspiration CS Lewis and JRR Tolken drew from him. Find more reviews on Stray Thoughts, Brothers Judd and StarTribune.

Where to buy this little book?

Takealot (for South African readers)

Amazon (worldwide shipping)

Bookdepository (worldwide shipping)

LibriVox (audio book)

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