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4.0 out of 5 stars What's it doing in the Children's Section?, January 22, 2001
This review is from: The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials, Book 1) (Paperback)
What's it doing in the Children's Section? Is it simply that children are at the heart of this fable? Be forewarned, this is a rich and complex tale with themes that examine the creation and structure of the universe, good and evil, and the very meaning of life and death. While cloaked in the trappings of an epic odyssey, the language, violence, and themes make this a book most suitable for mature young readers and adults.
"His Dark Materials" is not only "Dust" --the fear of which propels this story -- but it is the dark recesses of human nature. Pullman questions our views of the world, science, religion and ourselves. It is bold enough to make a clear philosophical stand, which the reader, like Lyra, comes to understand over the course of this journey through multiple universes and the inner depths of human spirit.
So why is this book in the Children's Section? Perhaps it's because it requires a mind not set firmly in its ways -- a mind that can jump from idea to idea as quickly as Lyra's daemon can change shapes.
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Initial post: Jan 15, 2015 10:32:39 PM PST
Michael T. says:
Good question. When Amazon just recommended this book to me (not knowing I'd read it) my first reaction was, "What the heck? This is not a children's book." I doubt very young children would be able to even grapple with some of these themes.

Nice review.
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