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|The Princess and Curdie|
by George MacDonald
Published by Chatto & Windus/Lippincott, 1882
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Recommended by: Greg Slade
This book is a sequel to The Princess and the Goblin, except that this time, the story mostly follows Curdie.
Princess Irene has gone off to live with her father the King, but something is going very wrong in the kingdom. Curdie, who doubted the Princess' word about meeting her great-great-great-grandmother in the attic in the first book, has done his best to forget all about the supernatural events in that story. But, when he injures a pigeon on a whim, he remembers that pigeons belong to the Lady, and in his remorse he makes his way to that same attic to ask for help. The Lady tells him that some of the people in the kingdom are turning to beasts inside, and gives him a strange travelling companion and the ability to tell whether a person is human or beastly inside by shaking their hand. So, he sets off, and, after many adventures and some clever plans of his own, he manages to save the princess, the king, and the kingdom.
Just as with The Princess and the Goblin, the story is basically a morality tale, but MacDonald's imaginative situations and characterisations keep the book from seeming trite or shallow. (June, 2004)
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