31 books finished in 2012: The Princess and Curdie

31 books finished in 2012

Why are you reading this book?
I didn’t realize the previous book was part of a series until the very end when nothing was mentioned about happily ever after and what not. Thankfully, this was also found on the bookshelf.

What is the first line?
Curdie was the son of Peter the miner.

Describe the book in haiku form:
All the words that could
describe this book are too long
for a haiku. Boo.

What will you do with it now?
keep for reference
x put it back on the bookshelf x
keep to read again & again & again
post to paperbackswap.com
throw it away

Anything else you’d like to say?
This was such a great moral tale, about hospitality and apathy and personal responsibility and not judging people by their outward appearance. It was epic, and so totally understated, and I think everyone should read these so we can talk about them.

And, check out this bio from the beginning of the book:

George MacDonald was born in northern Scotland to a farming and weaving family and spent all his childhood there, until he had finished studying science at Aberdeen University. He then moved down to London and soon made friends with most of the leading figures in the literary scene of the times. At first he wrote poetry, and then semi-autobiographical novels for adults; it was only quite late in life that he turned to writing fiction for children.

At the same time as pursuing a literary career, he had tried to be a Congregationalist minister; but his unconventional and tolerant views caused so many complaints from the members of his parish that he became disillusioned and gave it up. He never lost his ideals, however, which also shine through many of his fifty or so books; and he espoused causes such as the education of women, which was frowned upon in those days. Once a year he used to entertain the poor of his neighborhood, by putting on a play with himself and his large family as all the actors and actresses.

3 thoughts on “31 books finished in 2012: The Princess and Curdie

  1. So, I read and enjoyed the first one years ago, but tried and could never get through this book. I still own it, though, and you’ve inspired me to try again. How could I not after that response of yours?! I intend to like it this time – a lot. (After I finish reading Precious Bane by Mary Webb. Have you read it? I think you might like it.)

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