- Publication Date:
- 03 March 2011
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A fantasy adventure and much more...
I love this book. It is one of the few books that made me gasp out loud while reading and cry--there were some absolutely heartbreaking moments. I found myself reading slower and slower to make it last and went into a funk after I finished it, actually missing the characters--a first for me in 50 years of reading. I loved the feisty little Lyra and her daemon Pan. I loved the whole concepts of daemons although I shudder to think what mine might have been--some sort of stubborn, abrasive donkey I suppose. Anyway, this book will remain one of my top favorites and I will probably end up re-reading it every year.
Absolutely one of the greatest works of fiction I have ever had the privilege of reading. Pullman's brilliant, simple writing will captivate any reader. Known as the "anti-C.S. Lewis", Pullman's views are made obvious through a medium referred to in the book called "Dust". Essentially, this celestial element is what falls on all human beings and their daemons (animal creatures representing the soul of the individuals they accompany) as they grow older. Dust is what causes Sin, and is what Eve unleased on the world the moment she fell in the Garden of Eden. The Judeo-Christian God in his heavenly dwelling and the Church on Earth play the part of the evil forces that have deceived the universe (and the millions of worlds that exist within it). This book (and indeed, the entire trilogy) is a classic, and one that you can only get more out of the second, third, and twentieth time through.
I loved this series even though it had a sad ending.
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