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The Princess and Curdie by George MacDonald

The Princess and Curdie (Puffin Classics)The Princess and Curdie by George MacDonald
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Definitely not the same caliber as the first. This follows Curdie’s adventures in proving he is royal and worthy of marrying Princess Irene through the help of the Grandmother. The delightful fairy tale feeling does not carry through to this novel that feels more like a companion piece than a sequel. Curdie’s quest seems aimless and his actions are guided by a very didactic hand that felt like a step back from the progressiveness of his first title.

The ending is…something.

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Princess and the Goblin

The Princess and the Goblin The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I truly adored MacDonald’s first of the two Princess books. It was engaging, magical, adventurous and contained only minimal direct didactism (as compared to other books of this era. Princess Irene has agency, and the contrast with the goblins makes for great discourse.

Princess Irene discovers that her Great-Great-Great-Grandmother lives in a tower in her house and this grandmother appears both young and vibrant, as well as old. She provides Irene with agency to save her friend Curdie from the goblins and consequently the whole kingdom.

This fairy tale is delightful.

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