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As for what experimental theology was, Lyra had no more idea than the urchins. She had formed the notion that it was concerned with magic, with the movements of the stars and planets, with tiny particles of matter, but that was guesswork, really. Probably the stars had daemons just as humans did, and experimental theology involved talking to them.Not that Lyra spends much time worrying about it; what she likes best is "clambering over the College roofs with Roger the kitchen boy who was her particular friend, to spit plum stones on the heads of passing Scholars or to hoot like owls outside a window where a tutorial was going on, or racing through the narrow streets, or stealing apples from the market, or waging war." But Lyra's carefree existence changes forever when she and her daemon, Pantalaimon, first prevent an assassination attempt against her uncle, the powerful Lord Asriel, and then overhear a secret discussion about a mysterious entity known as Dust. Soon she and Pan are swept up in a dangerous game involving disappearing children, a beautiful woman with a golden monkey daemon, a trip to the far north, and a set of allies ranging from "gyptians" to witches to an armor-clad polar bear.
In The Golden Compass, Philip Pullman has written a masterpiece that transcends genre. It is a children's book that will appeal to adults, a fantasy novel that will charm even the most hardened realist. Best of all, the author doesn't speak down to his audience, nor does he pull his punches; there is genuine terror in this book, and heartbreak, betrayal, and loss. There is also love, loyalty, and an abiding morality that infuses the story but never overwhelms it. This is one of those rare novels that one wishes would never end. Fortunately, its sequel, The Subtle Knife, will help put off that inevitability for a while longer. --Alix Wilber --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
Overall I enjoyed the book, but was disappointed in the flow of the prose, and lack of character development.
I think I would've enjoyed this much more as a young adult.
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Adoro os personagens de Pullman. Este livro fala de tantos assuntos sem ser descortês, questiona valores e princípios que regem nossa sociedade e, como as boas fantasias,... Read morePublished 17 days ago by Joao.Gri
The book itself is great. I love the story, but this hardcover copy is about the size of a mass market paperback. Read morePublished 19 days ago by Manny O
Overall, I enjoyed this book. Of course, I read it out of sheer curiosity because of the controversy brought about the author's agendas. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Blueeyedshook
Having seen the movie, the book is as always so much better. The book IS a little difficult to get in to. But, once that happens...you are hooked.Published 1 month ago by Kathryn Price