1. Great review! I like the way you compare MacDonald’s wordplay to Shakespeare, and the way you describe that sense that there’s more shimmering there than meets the eye. I get that feeling with his stories too.

    Yes, if I listen to a story, I often have the kinds of questions you describe. It’s weird, how my daughters can retain so much purely by listening, but I need the visual experience of reading.

    (I LOVE chicken and dumplings but have never dared try to make them…)

  2. This is my FAVORITE of his princess stories. In my opinion – it’s the very best one! But I don’t do audio either and I’d probably feel a bit lost if I had listened to it instead of read it. I’m definitely not an audio learner so I tend to avoid books on tape, etc. I purchased the dramatization of Ben Hur but I still haven’t listened to it. I have a feeling I’ll be able to get more out of it after I’ve read the book for myself.

    A goal.

    At any rate, I can’t imagine what I’d think of MacDonald on tape but it was great to hear your thoughts!

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  4. I love, love, love George MacDonald, and I can’t wait to share The Princess and Curdie and his other fairy tales with my kids when they are a little older. In that book, I really appreciate how he emphasizes that a princess must be good in word and deed – excellent moral lessons in an appealing package for the little princesses in our lives!

    I don’t do audio books because my mind tends to wander, but I have thought a few times that it would be helpful to hear the correct pronunciations of names. I’d need to see them too in order to remember them; that’s just how my mind works.

  5. Thank you for bringing to mind one of my favorite stories. Like you, when I read MacDonald I feel inadequate trying to describe the experience. There are always many layers of meaning and I’m happy if I just get a few of them. =) They are what make his books re-readable.

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