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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: E P Dutton (January 1900)
  • ISBN-10: 0525377433
  • ISBN-13: 978-0525377436
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on March 11 2003
Format: Hardcover
Most sequels stink. A lot. George MacDonald, the first fantasy master, managed to buck that trend with the sequel to "The Princess and the Goblin," with "The Princess and Curdie." If anything, this book is even better than the first -- a bit more mature, a little bit darker, but with the same haunting prose and likeable characters.
In the time since the defeat of the goblins, Curdie has gone back to his life as a miner. Unfortunately he also begins to stray from the pure actions he showed in the first book, pushing aside thoughts of Princess Irene's grandmother and trying to convince himself that the more supernatural events of "Goblin" were just imagination. Until he needlessly wounds a pigeon with his bow and arrow, and takes it to the stately, mysterious Grandmother.
As Curdie regains his innocence and his faith, the Lady sends him on a quest, with a weird doglike creature called Lina who was once a human. She also (by having him stick his hands into burning roses) makes his hands able to feel a person's soul when he touches them, if a person is "growing into a beast" on the inside. Now Curdie and Lina set off for the capital, where Irene's father is physically ill, and falling prey to the scheming of his sinister officials.
If the first book was Irene's, then this book is undeniably Curdie's. The focus is on him almost constantly through the book, and it's his internal struggles that we are fascinated by. Every person (well, most of them, anyway) eventually loses their childlike faith and innocence, as Curdie has begun to do at the beginning. He's naturally a more skeptical person than Irene, and so time begins to fade whatever he thought he saw; also, being "one of the guys" in the mine requires a seemingly more mature attitude.
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By tmr on Oct. 18 2013
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This book touches deeply. Kids and adults will relate to "things are not always as they seem" and sometimes walking by faith is the only way to find truth.
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By Bev Buhler on June 7 2013
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Great book good imagery; I will always think of how he describes the state of "people" who aren't human anymore.
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By Angela Sheppard on Dec 18 2012
Format: Paperback
This is an amazing story, it is very slow to start and the language can be a little tough especially for a child to understand. That said my 8 year old and I were hard pressed to put the book down. My son read the first book in school and liked it so much we just had to read the second. I am very glad we did. Someone needs to make this into a movie, it would be amazing
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