Book Of A Lifetime: The Princess and the Curdie, By George MacDonald | The IndependentIt was a formative moment in my literary life — and not in a good way. My memory is that I was very excited to be given a book, but very confused that it was this one. Wasn't this dark, dense, moralistic novel a bit advanced for me? I was already reading Lewis Carroll, fair enough; but otherwise I was very happy with illustrated stories about Sammie the Seagull in quite big print. And what is the use of a book, as Alice says, without pictures or conversations? Working things out, I now realise that my sister would have been only 14 herself at the time of this fateful gift, which I find quite hard to take in.
The Princess and Curdie: Give it a miss
Bridges, Robin. Bear, Greg. Holdstock, Robert. Lina saves him from many perils as they travel to Gwyntystorm.Very good. Gay, Joe. Ford, John M. Haldeman, Kelly.
Diamond, Graham. Or perhaps it is because at the book's beginning, John R. Fultz, Curdie threatens to grow up into an ill-bred miner man and not the Prince and King that he could be. Finally he reaches Gwyntystorm only to find the place is over-run with corruption and a sinister plot against the King.
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It's a very distorted sort of fantasy where things do not match up and instead, new things rise up out of nowhere. It lacks the sense of a complete world. That is kinda how abruptly it ended: The King and Queen ruled justly but they had no heir so the people elected another king. He was greedy and dug up gold, destroying the foundations of the city. That, after about pages of trying to rid the kingdom of injustice and dishonesty.
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The same can not be said of its sequel The Princess and Curdie , which differs so much in tone and content from the original that it is sometimes difficult to remember it is in fact a sequel to the dreamy, beautiful The Princess and the Goblin. Curdie and his parents have remained on the mountainside, continuing their humble existence as miners. This is precisely what the goddess-like figure of the grandmother hoped for, and within a few chapters she has Curdie all set to go on a quest of his own. But like any good fairy-godmother figure, she equips him with some magical gifts before he goes. The second is a bizarre looking creature named Lina that will accompany him on his journey. His destination is Gwyntystorm, to the Princess and the King, and the trouble that awaits him there.