Happy Tuesday, part three!
Today, I'm reviewing The Golden Compass, a book that has extraordinary personal meaning for me.
Read on for my thoughts on a classic book that helped kick-off the golden age of middle grade/young adult fiction, and use this to help prepare for The Book of Dust (Part I), which releases this fall!
Published May 22nd 2001 by Yearling (first published 1995)
Format read: Finished copy via publisher
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Lyra is rushing to the cold, far North, where witch clans and armored 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 world.
Can 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 on of them will be to betray the other…
Lyra's journey from a headstrong, roguish child, to a young lady who gradually begins to realize that she has a larger purpose in this world, is equally frustrating and enthralling to watch, as she makes mistakes, mistrusts others, into her brave new world. Pullman has a brilliant capacity for intertwining both our world and Lyra's world, and it's hardly surprising that readers will find themselves feeling like they are walking side-by-side with Lyra, as she traverses new territory.
Though it's been two decades since The Golden Compass was originally published, revisiting Pullman's writing feels fresh and new, ever single time. His characterizations of every character, from Lyra to Lord Asriel, to even the bears, are filled with a wonder and sense of adventure, that any reader, young and old will recognize and also appreciate. Pullman's writing is also filled with elaborate world building that will send the imaginations of readers soaring; there are vistas, and bridges to worlds that will are astonishing to behold, even now.
Revisiting The Dark Materials trilogy is a great way to get prepared for The Book of Dust. Highly recommend this step, for all readers.
About the author:
It has recently been announced that The Book of Dust, the much anticipated new book from Mr. Pullman, also set in the world of His Dark Materials, will be published as a major work in three parts, with the first part to arrive in October 2017.