The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald

Goodreads Synopsis:

A Foundational Fairy Tale by Master of the Genre, George MacDonald “Seeing is not believing - it is only seeing.” ― George MacDonald, The Princess and the Goblin 
George MacDonald's novel, The Princess and the Goblin, is a charming fairy tale of a young girl who sets out for adventure, meets a young miner boy, and helps save the kingdom from destruction by Goblins. Beneath the simple story is Christian symbolism and imaginative writing. Many writers such as C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, Madeleine L'Engle, and Lewis Carroll have been influenced by George MacDonald and The Princess and the Goblin. 


My love of C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien first introduced me to The Princess and the Goblin. A coworker mentioned this novel had helped inspire such works as The Lord of the Rings and the The Chronicles of Narnia, which instantly peaked my interest! Any author that had inspired the works I considered the pinnacle of greatness for fiction, must be worth trying. Eagerly, I procured an audiobook of the tale and entered Irene and Curdie's world. 

One point I must make, is that this is not Narnia or Lord of the Rings. However, it is of a rare kind of literature that speaks to something deeper in a person than most stories. It enters soul level. This is what attracts adults to a story written for children, and sets it apart as great literature. This tome is layered. One can dig, read, and reread and still reap new fruits. A richly layered fairy tale that can truly be savored by a range of ages!

Until next time,


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