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For the open minded.,
This review is from: His Dark Materials (Laurel-Leaf) (Mass Market Paperback)
This is a beautifully written trilogy. I was lucky enough to grow up with it. I read The Golden Compass in about 3rd grade and fell in love with Lyra and Pan. Towards the end of elementary I tracked down the 2nd and loved it too. It was several more years before the final one came out, but I read it as quickly as I could get my hands on it. As young as I was, I didn't get the deeper meaning behind the story, but the imagery and the characters were engrossing. Ever since then its been one of my favorite stories. I've probably reread 10 or more time.
What everyone needs to understand that is is not an attack on god and religion as a whole. It is a symbolic attack on the people who take it to the fanatic and dangerous levels. The ones who corrupt the true essence of what faith is supposed to mean. You have to keep that in mind while you read it. *SPOILER* Yes, there is the scene in the final where they let god out of his crystal case and he breaks apart and blows off into the wind. But when you really read the subtexts of the book you see its about releasing god out of the confines man has put him in and allowing him to return what he is truly supposed to be and stand for.
I read it as a child and I certainly wasn't scarred for life with the "brutal blasphemy". This book is not for the narrow minded who's sole purpose in life is marking what is and what isn't right. If you cant see what the author is truly saying, then this book isn't for you. I can see why parents wouldn't want young children to read it, it does deal with several dark issues. But allow your older children to think and experience for themselves. If they truly believe then a book inst going to effect anything. Their beliefs are going to be tested so many times in life, you will never be able to shield them from all of it.
As to the comments about underage sex, no where in there does it say anything about them having sex. It says they kiss and touch. If you are that depraved and are searching for a reason to find the book disgusting and hateful, maybe thats what you see in it.
Pullman is a wonderful author. His characters are realistic and 3 dimensional. His imagery is better then most I've ever read. The plot is original, intriguing, exciting, and complex. The books are full of adventure. There just aren't enough glowing adjectives to describe these books. They are a great read at any age and good enough to be read over and over. Don't let narrow minded people cloud your judgment.