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An imaginative original,
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This review is from: The Princess and the Goblin (Puffin Classics) (Paperback)
I just found this book for the first time. It has clearly been very influential on many important people - not just Tolkien, CS Lewis and probably JK Rowling but the voice of the nurse is clearly who the actress in Blackadder II modelled hers on!
The non-specificity of the location is masterful. European and mountainous, not English, maybe Scottish or... and that sets the scene for the other necessary breaches of the laws of physics and geography. It is a truly magical read, scary at times but always knowing that there is a fairy grandmother in the background and an honest hero in Curdie who will save the day.
The langage is very accessible and if it is slightly dated that only adds to the charm of the piece. The tone is kindly, humourous and direct. His words draw pictures so bright I wish I could draw. I felt like I was sitting on George Macdonald's knee spellbound as he read in his soft Highland accent so long ago.... I am off to soak up some more of his marvels.