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The Light Princess and Other Fairy Stories [Kindle Edition]

George MacDonald

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About the Author

George MacDonald was born in 1824. One of the precursors of modern fantasy, he wrote the novels Phantastes, The Princess and the Goblin, and Lilith, as well as numerous fairy tales. C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, G. K. Chesterton, and Madeleine L'Engle cited him as a major influence. He died in 1905.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 146 KB
  • Print Length: 118 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 142804437X
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0082TC3KG
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4.0 out of 5 stars Three Stories 30 Mar. 2011
By Amazon Customer - Published on
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This book contains three fairy tales written out into very long versions. It has no active table of contents, no illustrations, and there's a curious formatting error where words that ought to be italicized have instead _underscores_ on either side of them, though that's a rather minor problem and it takes nothing away from the book.

The stories are interesting and readable, and would especially good for children or for people who like their fairy tales to be really long.

The stories contained are:

The Light Princess: A princess is cursed to lose her gravity, and her parents are left to deal with a daughter who is light-headed, light-hearted and light-bodied.

The Giant's Heart: A brother and sister get lost in Giantland and end up in the house of a giant who wants to eat them. They escape, but decide to go in search of the giant's heart.

The Golden Key: When a boy finds a key at the end of the rainbow it sets him and a friend on a Quest to find a distant and magical country.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Marvelous stories, no active table of content 20 Sept. 2011
By E. Stevenson - Published on
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George MacDonald's fairy tales are so original, I fall in love with each one I read. Many fairy tales start to sound a like after a while, or they try so hard to be original that they lose their "aura" of faerie. But not so with MacDonald.

In this edition are three of his tales--the first about a princess who is cursed when a infant with having no gravity, the second about a greedy giant and the wisdom of neglecting your own heart, the third about a boy named Mossy and a girl who tramp through faery woods in search of The Land Where the Shadows Come From.

Each tale has a moral point--as all fairy tales must--but this point is so carefully, humbly and discretely woven among the plot that is pleasant rather than preachy. And because his plots are so original you are left guessing until the very end.

C.S. Lewis highly recommended this author for serious as well as delightful study. I can see why.

Four stars for this edition because the Table of Contents is not formatted correctly--to get to the second and third stories you have to just guess at the page number.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Strange, Excellent Stories 27 Oct. 2011
By A. Martin - Published on
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When I was little, I loved the story of the light princess. It's a princess tale unlike any other -- the princess is eerie and unpredictable, not even entirely likable, and her actions will keep you deliciously unsure of the outcome. MacDonald writes with great humor and pathos as needed, and the chapters are short, making it a great read for younger children.

MacDonald inspired writers like CS Lewis, JRR Tolkien, and Ursula LeGuin, so he's definitely worth trying out. Although he wrote these stories more than a hundred years ago, they're still highly accessible.

The other stories in this collection are also enjoyable.

I was impressed with this edition. I like the illustration on the front, which captures the main story well, and the font and arrangement of the book made it highly readable.
5.0 out of 5 stars Not to be taken lightly 19 Feb. 2015
By E.J. Jones - Published on
I have a confession to make. When I read George MacDonald’s “The Princess and the Goblin,” I was just the tiniest bit underwhelmed. “Really?” I thought to myself. “This is the book that practically invented modern fantasy?” Don’t get me wrong, it was a pleasant little book, very nice in its way, and I’d still like to read the sequel. But it just didn’t have that extra something for me that would make me praise it to the skies.

Isn’t it wonderful that “The Light Princess” has exactly that? Three beautiful stories together in one small package, this treasure of a book is the one that truly deserves to be called the pioneer of fantasy as we know it.

The title story begins as most fairy tales begin: with a curse. The king and queen, through little fault of their own, quite forgot to invite the king’s irascible sister to their daughter’s christening. But this isn’t just any cranky aunt: this is a witch. And this isn’t just a witch: this is a CLEVER witch. The princess’s wily aunt doesn’t let her get away with sleeping for a hundred years. She curses the princess with lightness in two senses of the word. The princess is so light that she must be held down at all times to keep from floating up to the ceiling, and she is so light that she is unable to take anything seriously. Whoever can manage to make her weep can break the spell, but there’s little chance of that happening – until a prince with a soft heart and a will of iron arrives on the case.

The next story, “The Giant’s Heart,” is much shorter (so is the last, actually). It’s about a brother and sister who get caught in a giant’s lair and go on a quest to find his heart so that he will let all his other captive children go free. Although this was my least favorite of the three stories, it’s still witty, fun, and doesn’t talk down to the reader. That’s one of MacDonald’s best attributes, I think.

The final story, “The Golden Key,” tells of a young boy who finds – what else? – a gold key beneath the rainbow and the journey he takes to find the lock that belongs to it. He meets many friends along the way, including a young girl, a beautiful grandmother that’s very similar to the grandmother in “The Princess and the Goblin,” and three very old men. This story has beautiful imagery full of brilliant colors and mysterious beings. It reads something like a mix between C. S. Lewis and E. Nesbit, both of whom cited MacDonald as an influence in their work. Although I’m still not entirely what the story is about (I think it may have something to do with the journey of life), it’s not really necessary to understand this one to enjoy it – and I’m usually one of the biggest overthinkers I know!

However, “The Light Princess” is still my favorite story in the book, mostly because it contains lines like this: “And the king said to himself, ‘All the queens of my acquaintance have children . . . and my queen has not one. I feel ill-used.’ So he made up his mind to be cross with his wife about it. But she bore it all like a good patient queen as she was. Then the king grew very cross indeed.” Or, when the prince is falling in love: “No prince, however, would judge of a princess by weight. The loveliness of her foot he would hardly estimate by the depth of the impression it could make in the mud.” It’s so silly, but at the same time it’s so sweet, too, the whole thing. The best kinds of stories are like that.

So read some of these best kinds of stories. You’ll be glad you did.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fairy tale for grown-ups 29 April 2015
By Jennifer - Published on
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I'm not always entranced with George MacDonald. Even though I WANT to be! Some of his stuff i love, and some I find kind of...boring. But I LOVE love love his short story The Light Princess. In this "another story of the cursed princess," (which MacDonald pokes fun at), a miffed princess-who-is-a-witch curses the princess with Light-ness. The poor princess has no gravity. In various senses of the word. No physical weight, (except when she is in the water), and no seriousness. She never cries, she has no empathy or compassion. One day, a handsome prince falls in love with her. But she can't take him seriously. In an act of true love, the Prince gives up his life for the princess, knowing that she has no concept of what he has done for her. What i really love about this story is the picture of Christ and the world. Like the prince in the story, Christ willingly sacrificed all, and, for the most part, people can't take Him seriously. Like the Princess, in our fallen state, we are cursed with an inability to truly value what God offers us in His Son.
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