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The Light Princess (Sunburst Book) Paperback – 1 Aug 1984

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Product details

  • Paperback: 110 pages
  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux; Reissue edition (1 Aug. 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0374444587
  • ISBN-13: 978-0374444587
  • Product Dimensions: 12.4 x 0.1 x 18.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,092,031 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"For [this] elegant edition of the Victorian story that combines seriousness with levity and farce with fantasy, the artist has created pictures that...present the ludicrous element of the story; then become poetic and romantic; and finally are climaxed by the last crowning revelation of the light princess humanized by sorrow and love." --Starred, "The Horn Book"


For [this] elegant edition of the Victorian story that combines seriousness with levity and farce with fantasy, the artist has created pictures that...present the ludicrous element of the story; then become poetic and romantic; and finally are climaxed by the last crowning revelation of the light princess humanized by sorrow and love. "Starred, The Horn Book""

For [this] elegant edition of the Victorian story that combines seriousness with levity and farce with fantasy, the artist has created pictures that...present the ludicrous element of the story; then become poetic and romantic; and finally are climaxed by the last crowning revelation of the light princess humanized by sorrow and love. Starred, The Horn Book"

"For [this] elegant edition of the Victorian story that combines seriousness with levity and farce with fantasy, the artist has created pictures that...present the ludicrous element of the story; then become poetic and romantic; and finally are climaxed by the last crowning revelation of the light princess humanized by sorrow and love." --Starred, The Horn Book

From the Back Cover

This newly illustrated set of four paperbacks holds the complete fantasy stories (except for several longer stories readily available elsewhere) of George MacDonald.The Light PrincessThe Giant's HeartThe CarasoynPort in a StormPapa's Story (A Scot's Christmas Story)

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I bought this story when I heard on the radio it had been made into a musical. I was surprised to discover that the book for the Musical came from a fairy tale. I had never heard of George MacDonald but I am absolutely love the wildness of his imagination and the deep connection with nature in the story. I have also bought 'The Golden Key' and continue to love his work. If you want a fairy tale 'outside the box' then reach for George MacDonald and enjoy.
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I came to this book after listening to Tori Amos' recreation of this classic story.
A captivating fairy-tale, unlike anything I've ever read. The author has a fascinating way of telling a tale, with a very distinctive style.
The story is rather brief and raises lots of questions that a book of fiction doesn't normally - I really found it beautiful in the very masculine yet sensitive way that it tells this work of challenged love between two people with their own difficulties and agendas.
I really enjoyed seeing this fairytale world through the author's eyes and only wished the story was longer!
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Lovely fairytale with some great messages, would definitely recommend for kids or for recreational reading for anyone. Great musical adaption out there too.
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Although a great fan of George MacDonald I couldn't get into the book due to the odd illustrations, being accustomed to pre-raphaelite Hughes hues. I could not be enchanted by the gruffalo-oddity princess as drawn by Sendak, nor understand why her hand was sought by the prince willing to risk his life for her - for what Sendaks princess lacks in charm MacDonald does not recompense for with personality - hence the title, the Light Princess. Conclusion: the illustrations do not match the story and rather detract from it, rendering the characters even less genuine in their unbearable lightness of being.
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An analogy that only becomes clear at the very end.
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