There is much thought in the story and like the Princess and the Goblin the author illustrates virtues, vices and morality quite well. The film is a bit more magical and enchanting than the original story, however, the original story is a masterpiece in its own right. We take too much for granted. This edition has been skillfully and sympathetically abridged by Olive Jones, a former children's book editor at Methuen, removing some of the long boring digressions and moral lectures from the original text. A tiny smudge near upper spine-end. No owner name or internal markings.
From United Kingdom to U. It was published by Random House Books for Young Readers and has a total of 272 pages in the book. My mother and I sat together in her big easy chair under a huge blanket next to the fire. Top edge dark blue; the fore and tail edges very lightly tanned with very light foxing on fore edge only. Jessie Willcox Smith was born in Philadelphia in 1863.
But if their liking for George MacDonald's works isn't enough to impress, then take it just for what it is: A creepy, unique, compelling work of early fantasy. It is a quaint read that will be a lovely addition to any family library. There is very little character development in the book. I'd like to improve my reviews so they can be helpful to those who read them. You can download MacDonald's works from the internet for free, of course, from many sites, but the format is not so good in some poor scanning leaves typos. It's as if an Emergent church leader had somehow gotten stuck in the late Victorian era.
As a young man he was ordained a minister of the Congregational church but he resigned after a disagreement with his deacons over doctrine, and from 1853 he earned his living by lecturing and writing, often in poor health, which meant periodic travelling in search of purer air for his lungs. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. Both the main characters have high morals, which are more lifestyles than dogmas. About this Item: Wordsworth Classics, 1995. Pages lightly foxed, usage marks and age toned. His plot is gripping, and revolves around fear-inducing situations that demand courageous action.
He was a prolific writer, yet it is his fantasies for children that have survived. Similarly, it's a credit to him that the characters of Curdie and Irene are as likable as they are. For me, while my tastes are lean towards the more modern I did enjoy the book. Curdie, the young miner who's the dramatic center of the story, is a fearless - and intelligent - protector of the princess against the wiles of the goblins. Without either, I couldn't have grown into a competent artist. Right away though I noticed that there were of course some key differences.
Young Princess Irene is a typical little girl, very curious and precocious with a big heart, although being a princess, she does not lie and is well-behaved. I gave it 4 stars for the adult level of writing. Corners, pages may be dent. But one night when she and her nursemaid stay out a bit too late, they are chased by a bizarre creature. And MacDonald's Phantastes alone is worth the price It was Phantastes that started C.
Reading George MacDonald will institute or strengthen a love of the beauty of the English language. Please read our description and our privacy and policy page. This new edition is the first thus with these new illustrations A wonderful and un-common edition. No owner name or internal markings. The first and only appearance of these illustrations. The story was a fun one and normally I'm not one for the classics but this was a good one.
I read it every few years and have since read more George McDonald's books and stories and love them all for the most part. She never takes a direct hand in things in this story but like a Fairy Godmother constantly helps Irene to help herself. Lewis regarded him as his master. Lewis and his master is their theology. About this Item: David McKay Company Publishers, Philadelphia, 1920.