Published: April 16th 1996 by Knopf Books for Young Readers (first published 1995)
Hardcover, 399 pages
In a time when the world was ravaged by chaos, one kingdom remains; ordered, isolated, protected. Then Tabitha Serannon awakens an ancient power and t...more
Some books improve with age--the age of the reader, that is. Such is certainly the case with Philip Pullman's heroic, at times heart-wrenching novel, ...more "Some books improve with age--the age of the reader, that is. Such is certainly the case with Philip Pullman's heroic, at times heart-wrenching novel, The Golden Compass, a story ostensibly for children but one perhaps even better appreciated by adults. The protagonist of this complex fantasy is young Lyra Belacqua, a precocious orphan growing up within the precincts of Oxford University. But it quickly becomes clear that Lyra's Oxford is not precisely like our own--nor is her world. For one thing, people there each have a personal dæmon, the manifestation of their soul in animal form. For another, hers is a universe in which science, theology, and magic are closely allied"
This book was absolutely brilliant! I don't know why i didn't read this earlier! It was passionately written, beautifully thought out and a very emotional journey! I was hooked from the beginning and on the edge of my seat the whole time!
The characters were vivid, wondrous and fantastically diabolical! I also love Daemons and the idea of them!
I think this book shows that you can't always ignore or undervalue the power and influence of children. We are very quick to ignore what they say. We have to listen more carefully.
I was so close to tears when they found Tony! It was heart wrenching!
Oh and Roger...
I don't get why everyone was so against this book. Yes it talks about the church etc. But this is fantasy... Its not attacking the church in real life, its attacking the church in the book... Because you know this is a world with Daemons, and witches and talking bears...
I could be wrong and Philip Pullman has a plan of taking over young minds with his "kill god approach". Yes that could be it, but I choose to enjoy the book for what it is. A story!
I think this book has a way of making one want to be a better person, want to be as sure and as brave a Lyra about what is right and what is wrong!
"You cannot change what you are, only what you do."
— Philip Pullman (The Golden Compass)
What Daemon do you have?
Take the test here: http://www.okcupid.com/tests/6635779265233744574/Golden-Compass-Daemon
Tell me in comments please :)
My result: Suggested forms: Swan, Elephant, Koala, Panda, Chameleon, Wolf.
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Videos that will make you want to read this book:
The Subtle Knife (His Dark Materials Series #2) by Philip Pullman