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Lyra is rushing to the cold, far North, where witch clans and ard bears rule North, where the Gobblers take the children they steal including her friend Roger North, where her fearsome uncle Asriel is trying to build a bridge to a parallel worldCan one small girl make a difference in such great and terrible endeavors This is Lyra a savage, a schemer, a liar, and as fierce and true a champion as Roger or Asriel could want but what Lyra doesn t know is that to help one of them will be to betray the other The Golden Compass

About the Author: Philip Pullman

In 1946, acclaimed author Philip Pullman was born in Norwich, England, into a Protestant family Although his beloved grandfather was an Anglican priest, Pullman became an atheist in his teenage years He graduated from Exeter College in Oxford with a degree in English, and spent 23 years as a teacher while working on publishing 13 books and numerous short stories Pullman has received many awards for his literature, including the prestigious Carnegie Medal for exceptional children s literature in 1996, and the Carnegie of Carnegies in 2006 He is most famous for his His Dark Materials trilogy, a series of young adult fantasy novels which feature free thought themes The novels cast organized religion as the series villain Pullman told The New York Times in 2000 When you look at what C.S Lewis is saying, his message is so anti life, so cruel, so unjust The view that the Narnia books have for the material world is one of almost undisguised contempt At one point, the old professor says, It s all in Plato meaning that the physical world we see around us is the crude, shabby, imperfect, second rate copy of something much better I want to emphasize the simple physical truth of things, the absolute primacy of the material life, rather than the spiritual or the afterlife He argues for a republic of heaven here on Earth.In 2007, the first novel of the His Dark Materials trilogy was adopted into the motion picture The Golden Compass by New Line Cinema Many churches and Christian organizations, including the Catholic League, called for a boycott of the film due to the books atheist themes While the film was successful in Europe and moderately received in the United States, the other two books in the trilogy were not be adapted into film, possibly due to pressure from the Catholic Church When questioned about the anti church views in His Dark Materials, Pullman explains in an interview for Third Way UK It comes from history It comes from the record of the Inquisition, persecuting heretics and torturing Jews and all that sort of stuff and it comes from the other side, too, from the Protestants burning the Catholics It comes from the insensate pursuit of innocent and crazy old women, and from the Puritans in America burning and hanging the witches and it comes not only from the Christian church but also from the Taliban Every single religion that has a monotheistic god ends up by persecuting other people and killing them because they don t accept him Wherever you look in history, you find that It s still going on Feb 2002 Pullman has received many threats by ardent believers over his choice of subject matter.More

10 thoughts on “The Golden Compass

  1. Sean Barrs Sean Barrs says:

    This novel is an absolute work of pure genius, and is in my top ten reads of all time Before I go into the depths of character and plot, let me start by saying this book is up there with other fantasy hard hitters by this I mean books like The Lord of the Rings and The Chronicles of Narnia the books that define the genre Thi

  2. Jayson Jayson says:

    B 78% Good NotesA solid story and well written, but very much a children s tale with one child going on a quest to save other children.

  3. Sean Gibson Sean Gibson says:

    I don t love the Beatles Ducks as he is castigated by the seething masses I also don t love green vegetables, punches to the face, or going to the dentist, though I don t think those revelatory disclosures will elicit much in the way of rage fueled attempts to slit my throat with the jagged edge of a broken CD compact disc, kiddos

  4. Hailey (Hailey in Bookland) Hailey (Hailey in Bookland) says:

    2.5 I never read this as a kid and maybe I would have enjoyed itif I had, but it was just okay for me

  5. Bright Bright says:

    the golden compass trilogy seems like a natural progression in christian literature yes, it is christian literature, the same way the chronicles of narnia are aslan is only a lion when the reader is about 10 or so in the united states after a point, he unrepentantly becomes jesus and the four children are like, the gospels or something

  6. jessica jessica says:

    i first read this when i was like 10 or 11 and i remember really liking it i recently came across an online thread about this book series and the message s the author was intending to convey, and i was taken aback i honestly really didnt remember anything except for talking bears that wear armour lol after the reread, i am suprised that i

  7. ~Poppy~ ~Poppy~ says:

    You cannot change what you are, only what you do So Lyra and her daemon turned away from the world they were born in, and looked toward the sun, and walked into the sky You cannot change what you are, only what you do So Lyra and her daemon turned away from the world they were born in, and looked toward the sun, and walked into the sky

  8. James James says:

    I enjoyed the premise and theme of the book Pullman created well thought out and memorable characters It was a little too technical for me in regard to the depths of fantasy, i.e I had to go back and look up the meaning of some of the made up words in the book to stay focused on what was actually happening But great imagery I m not sure if I wil

  9. Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads-no-more Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads-no-more says:

    9 8 17 1 I cleared my rating If that doesn t sufficiently refute the claim that I just wanted to give THE GOLDEN COMPASS 1.0 star, then you re irrational, and further discussion is pointless 2 I am a BOOK REVIEW BLOGGER That s what I do If you want to make cracks about being a trophy wife, go right ahead, but to insinuate that I would skim a book t

  10. Leonard Gaya Leonard Gaya says:

    Before quantum mechanics and Schr dinger s cat s paradox, alternate universes were inherently accessible post mortem, either Heaven or Hell that whole other side business had a strong moral and religious bias, obviously However, contemporary science fiction has introduced new possibilities of experimenting with alternate realities, e.g travelling thro

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