The Light Princess and Other Fantasy Stories THE LIGHT PRINCESS When the Light Princess was born somebody screwed up an invitation to her christening and left out her evil aunt Who was a witch That evil aunt vented her spleen by casting a spell

  • Title: The Light Princess and Other Fantasy Stories
  • Author: George MacDonald Craig Yoe
  • ISBN: 9780856483875
  • Page: 466
  • Format: Paperback
  • THE LIGHT PRINCESS When the Light Princess was born, somebody screwed up an invitation to her christening and left out her evil aunt Who was a witch That evil aunt vented her spleen by casting a spell on the Princess that left her immune to gravity Which was a strange and often inconvenient way for things to be than once the wind caught hold of her while she sTHE LIGHT PRINCESS When the Light Princess was born, somebody screwed up an invitation to her christening and left out her evil aunt Who was a witch That evil aunt vented her spleen by casting a spell on the Princess that left her immune to gravity Which was a strange and often inconvenient way for things to be than once the wind caught hold of her while she slept, and you can go the most amazing places on the wind if you have no weight.

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      George MacDonald was a Scottish author, poet, and Christian minister.Known particularly for his poignant fairy tales and fantasy novels, George MacDonald inspired many authors, such as G.K Chesterton, W H Auden, J.R.R Tolkien, C S Lewis, and Madeleine L Engle Lewis that wrote that he regarded MacDonald as his master Picking up a copy of Phantastes one day at a train station bookstall, I began to read A few hours later, said Lewis, I knew that I had crossed a great frontier G K Chesterton cited The Princess and the Goblin as a book that had made a difference to my whole existence Elizabeth Yates wrote of Sir Gibbie, It moved me the way books did when, as a child, the great gates of literature began to open and first encounters with noble thoughts and utterances were unspeakably thrilling Even Mark Twain, who initially disliked MacDonald, became friends with him, and there is some evidence that Twain was influenced by MacDonald.For information, please see enpedia wiki George_M



    2 thoughts on “The Light Princess and Other Fantasy Stories

    1. The copy I read had three stories: The Light Princess, The Giant's Heart, and The Golden Key.George MacDonald is an incredible writer and his imagination is fabulous!

    2. These fairy tales were probably originally intended for children, however, the vocabulary would most likely be beyond today's average young reader. The first story, The Light Princess was an absolute delight, and in my opinion would be worth abridging for a new generation. It's earned a well deserved five stars from me. I just can't resist a story about a silly floating princess and the prince who falls in love with her.I'm not much of a fairy tale reader, and found the second story, The Giant's [...]

    3. This story inspired my new, about to be released novel, Fly. I read The Light Princess to the kids last summer and an adaptation came to me, a retelling, a twist. I was working on another novel at the time so I put the idea aside until I heard about the musical and thought, I have to put my version out in the world! Quickly!In the Light Princess, the princess has no gravity, physical or metaphysical, literal or metaphorical. She just floats around and giggles all the live long day.In Fly, the Pr [...]

    4. Listened to the Librivox edition.I think moat of my enjoyment of this audiobook came from the reading by Clive Catterall. A good story paired with a good reader, well, that is something that is more than the sum of its parts. Mr. Catterall has a voice that reminds me of Neil Gaiman's in a way, and it isn't just the accent. There is this profound sense of almost child-like joy in the way he reads these stories. I liked both the title story, The Light Princess, and the second one, The Giant's Hear [...]

    5. Good, fun fairy tales, although it's clear why the other two ("The Golden Key" and "The Giant's Heart") have not remained as popular as "The Light Princess."Of those two, "The Golden Key" was my favorite: rife with symbolism and meaning, but probably not digestible by younger children. "The Giant's Heart" was practically Grimm-like with its child-eating giant. It's a much more straight forward adventure, but if you're reading it to little ones you might want to skip over the bit where he tosses [...]

    6. Fairy stories with a difference. Moral and yet with a twist that draws you in. The Golden Key still moves me to tears on the umpteenth time of reading. Faires, wizards, ogres these fantastical creatures are vehicles used by the author to convey a world that is beyond human understanding and to convey concepts that a purely human existence cannot reflect. My own words are not enough please read this selection of stories.

    7. The Light Princess: So I have a thing with princess books. I swear I'm not one of those girls who goes around wearing shirts that have the word "princess" scrolled in glitter across my chest. This is a sweet allegorical story, written a long time ago by George MacDonald, who I believe C.S. Lewis was a big fan of.

    8. This is the first MacDonald that I've read. Since I have been reading so much Lewis, Tolkien, and L'Engle over the past few years, I thought that I would give MacDonald a chance since he was such an inspiration to them (and others). I must say that I did enjoy the short stories (fairy stories) that are in this book. There's definitely some good allegory contained in them, too.

    9. This was one of the first times I've ever laughed out loud while reading a fairy tale. The Light Princess is highly highly recommended. One of MacDonald's best stories.

    10. Three delightful stories written for children, and those who are young at heart. If one is well versed in C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien and Charles Williams, one will find MacDonald's "The Light Princess and Other Fairy Stories" familiar and friendly. Written in the 1860s, two of these are fairy tales layered under with symbolic meaning grounded in the Gospel and Christian Eschatology, and one is the re-telling of a Norwegian story with a moral.This particular set of fables will make great family r [...]

    11. What a cute collection of stories. The Light Princess is about a princess who is light as a feather and has no worries or troubles. If she's not held down, she will fly away. She finds solace in the lake where she swims each night. The Giant's Heart is about two siblings who wander into giantland. Similar to Jack and the Beanstalk, the female giant is kind while the man is mean. He eats little children as snacks. The siblings devise a plan to find the giant's heart and save the other children. T [...]

    12. Reading a George MacDonald fantasy it like a vacation for your mind and soul--somehow it makes the world fit together again.

    13. Absolutely magical! I am now a fan of George MacDonald. My wife and I are expecting a little girl (our second) in October, so I'll definitely need to get a nice copy of this to have on hand.

    14. I very much enjoy fairy tales and retellings and I'm fairly well-read in them, but despite George MacDonald being one of the classic names in that genre, I'd never read anything by him. His writings are openly acknowledged as having influenced the work of many authors I admire — C.S. Lewis, E. Nesbit, Madeline L'Engle, G.K. Chesterston, Mark Twain, et al. — so when I realized that Project Gutenberg has several of his out-of-copyright publications up for free access, I downloaded them once an [...]

    15. I am reviewing these stories in order of my preference from most to least favorite, although they are all quite good.The Golden Key-I cannot begin to describe how beautiful this story is. Such a lovely little tale. I feel I shall have to read it many times to completely understand it all. The story itself is simple, two people wandering thru fairyland looking for another country where the shadows are being cast from. Yet, as I read it I feel that the story is deeper than it appears, even without [...]

    16. A popular title for a collection; you have to check the table of contents to be sure what you're getting. Me, I got "The Light Princess," "The Giant's Heart," and "The Golden Key".The first is a light-hearted spoof-like fairy tale, where the heroine is cursed at her christening by the uninvited guests -- to lose all gravity. Both in the sense that she has no weight and that she takes nothing seriously. There's some fun and games about that before the problem gets truly serious.The second combine [...]

    17. This tiny collection (just three short stories!) somehow manages to contain my two very favorite fairy tales of all time.The first, The Light Princess, begins with a familiar plot, but quickly progresses into something so unusual it almost seems modern. MacDonald's witty dialogue and clever narration are often laugh out loud funny, and his characters feel realistically (rather than tragically) flawed. The self-possessed princess reminds me of the heroine in The Paper Bag Princess, and the plot r [...]

    18. The thing with MacDonald's fiction is that you can never tell if he's calling you a kaffir or is praying for your salvation. And while you wonder about that, you wander through the stories, getting enlightened a little more every time with gravity.So delicate is the process of this gravitation that, by the end of the book, you're unaware that you've converted to his sad gravity. That it strike you with welcome and familiarity, a story that pulls you down to a looping spiral of darkness and light [...]

    19. I technically cheated, and only read one of the stories in this book - but it's the title one, so it mostly kind of counts.Kind of charming and a little quirky. I completely get the comparisons to The Ordinary Princess, but I like Kaye's take much, much better. The Light Princess herself (did she have a name? have I forgotten it already?) was a bit of a bitch? caricature? very boring and unlikeable main character?The story was cute, I guess. Other reviewers seem to like some of the other stories [...]

    20. I have only read the last story in here so far, 'A Scot's Christmas Story', and I'm not sure if it was an editing issue or just that I read it over two nights, but something seemed rather mixed up- names/characters somewhere in the middle.Update: Now I've read them all, and I was not so impressed. I remembered reading Carasoyn before, but still didn't take to it. Maybe it's just that I grew up on my huge volume of The Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Anderson, but this book was not to my liking [...]

    21. I read the ebook version that is within the public domain, which contained three stories: The Light Princess, The Giant's Heart, and the Golden Key.The Light Princess, I thought was really good. The word play with the different definitions of light was fun with the overall premise being clever and a different take than I had seen before. It was a lot of fun. The other two stories were less so. The Giant's Heart was predictable once it got going, and I thought the Golden Key was kind of a mess.

    22. "The Light Princess" was a fairly good story, "The Giant's Heart" was short and sweet, "The Carasoyn" went on for too long but had its moments, but "Port in a Storm" and "Papa's Story" were boring as tears, and it didn't help any that they were both stories narrated by a father to his little girls. All cozy stuff, but maybe too cozy, because it took me 2 weeks to finish this and I was never in any rush to read it.

    23. I felt as though I were supposed to see eternal wisdom just around every corner of these tales. But I'm afraid I may be too thick if that is the case. They were curious tales, and I am sure I would enjoy hearing wise people discuss them. I will explore other MacDonald stories to find out what else I can think of his work.

    24. Eh, it was okay. I liked MacDonald's Phantastes, but everything else of his that I've read (or tried reading) has just fallen flat for me. The stories are interesting as ideas, but the writing is lacking, and the stories just drag on and you hope they will end soon. *sigh* It left me disappointed and sad.

    25. Ok, I'm re-reading these for the hundredth time and loving every word. So beautiful and so tragic and perfectly written. Victorian authors spent so much time perfecting descriptions and words. I will read one sentence and then spend the next 5 minutes staring off into space just thinking about the sentence. Absolute word perfection.

    26. The author's imagination was amazing and I enjoyed delving into his worlds. However, the stories always seemed to end a little abrupt without enough closure, at least for my taste. Still, very fun to read and very creative. Not surprising that so many well-known fantasy authors used MacDonald as their inspiration (Madeleine L'Engle, C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien).

    27. Three clever, light-hearted fairy tales--very enjoyable writing; would make for good children's stories I think. A princess 'loses' her gravity and has trouble taking the world seriously.Two children enter the land of giants and pinch a mean-spirited giant's heart until he's nicer.A boy finds a golden key at the end of a rainbow, meets a girl, and they seek the lock it may open.

    28. Finally a king and queen had a baby girl. The king's sister was forgotten in the invitation to the child's christening. In revenge the woman cast a spell on the child causing her to be unaffected by gravity. Only in water was she "normal" and it was there that she met a young prince in search of a princess to marry.

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