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The Golden Compass de Philip Pullman
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The Golden Compass (original: 1995; edição: 1997)

de Philip Pullman

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Accompanied by her daemon, Lyra Belacqua sets out to prevent her best friend and other kidnapped children from becoming the subject of gruesome experiments in the Far North.
Membro:wonderspork
Título:The Golden Compass
Autores:Philip Pullman
Informação:Del Rey (1997), Paperback
Coleções:Sua biblioteca
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Etiquetas:series, YA fantasy

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I just listened to the fantastic audio book and loved it. I've read the novel before and remembered most of the important points, but having a full-cast audio experience really gave it life. I'll be listening to the rest of the trilogy soon. ( )
  jamestomasino | Sep 11, 2021 |
Theology, although a dominant presence, isn’t the best part of The Golden Compass. Instead, it’s the world with its inhabitants - armored polar bears, daemons, and witches - that make the book an excellent read.

Although it’s a fantastic world, Pullman doesn’t show things as being alien. Instead, he presented them plainly and part of life, ideas to be accepted if you will. Daemons were the most exciting, especially in how they’re an extension of the person’s soul. Pullman uses them to illustrate how children are more fluid and malleable than adults, with their daemons changing shape based on the situation. Adults are fixed, their personalities stable, their ideologies steadfast. Pullman handles daemons wonderfully. He doesn’t tell us how they work; he shows how they work and why they work.

The armored polar bears and witches are surprisingly humanized too. While there remains an air of mystery for both, they are used as metaphors to illustrate deeply political themes that warrant a much longer discussion. The bears are used to highlight a valuable moral lesson: embrace and be proud of who you are. Witches, meanwhile, are used to show the power of love and compassion. Immortality or long life isn’t that great apparently, and it’s shown in a very loving way.

This brings me to the leading players: Lyra, Mrs. Coulter, and Lord Asriel. Lyra wasn’t an instantly likable character. She came across as rude and deceptive, but slowly gained better footing, becoming a better person as the story progressed. She took on redeeming qualities alongside her manipulative ones. The other two offer surprises along the way, and saying more would be offering spoilers.

I was more intrigued by the world than the people who inhabit them. There’s a certain level of sadness in the world, which reflects ours in profound, meaningful ways. The Church plays a substantial role in shaping it, which is something Pullman emphasizes much later in the book to highlight his skepticism. It’s interesting how “philosophical” and “theological” understandings and instruments are more scientific than spiritual.

The locales are also quite fascinatingly done. Oxford is a lively place, filled with interesting characters with both high and low politics. London is dark and grimy as it should be. Svalbard and Asriel’s abode are also designed quite well, both displaying and accentuating their owners’ tastes. The Experimental Station was more typical, reminding me of countless other “evil” depictions of control, with the clear demarcation between children and adults playing a significant role.

It took me a while to get immersed in the book. The beginning is extremely slow, but with good measure, since there’s so much to set up. It’s a complex tapestry of characters and world-building that’s handled deftly by the author. Once the story finds its footing, though, it picks up brilliantly and takes you on a ride you’ll remember forever. Oh, and that ending: can’t wait to pick up the next in the series! ( )
2 vote bdgamer | Sep 10, 2021 |
Philip Pullman's beautifully written book, the first in a trilogy, came out during the height of the Harry Potter craze, so it didn't get the attention it deserved.

Both books are for middle readers, feature child protagonists, and magic. The similarities end there. Despite the fact that The Golden Compass is set in an alternate world, the story and the characters are still believable and compelling.

Lyra Belaqua is a young girl growing up feral in her world's version of Oxford. She wants nothing more than to continue her exploration of the buildings around her. But fate conspires against her and she soon finds herself in the far North in the company of a band of Gypsies, a Texan hot air balloonist, and a talking polar bear. All of them are on the hunt for a shadowy group that may or may not be tied to The Church who are abducting children and conducting experiments on them. Lyra is one of the most fully developed characters I've ever met, and Pullman allows her to act like a real child.

Now that New Line Cinema is releasing a film based on this book, I hope that people will give these books a chance. They'll just be doing themselves a favor. ( )
  adamgallardo | Aug 11, 2021 |
Great storytelling ( )
  bookishreputation | Jul 28, 2021 |
I've read [b:The Golden Compass|119322|The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials, #1)|Philip Pullman|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1505766203s/119322.jpg|1536771] before, but it's been a few years. On top of that, this time around, I listened to it as an audiobook (the full cast reading, I'm not sure if there is another). I have fond memories of this book and for the most part, they were met on re-read, which is something you don't always get.

The core of the book is a world where people's spirits / souls / conscious exists as a separate being, a daemon who takes the form of an animal companion--changing and mutable at first and eventually settling into a single form for adults that represents the core of who they are. It's an interesting idea and well done, to the point that it feels natural, to the point that I almost wish I could live in this world, just to see who my daemon might be.

On top of that, we have a number of other fantastical creatures and worldbuilding--witches and armored polar bears, a city in the aurora borealis. It's this fantasy worldbuilding, along with a young troublemaker of a protagonist out to explore everything she can that really appeals to children.

On another layer, there is a surprising amount of darkness when you start digging in, digging into the philosophies of who we are as people and what it means to have a 'soul' as well as looking into a shiny (on the surface) society, where just beneath all manner of nasty things are going on. In particular, we have a dark echo of just what a large controlling church can be, exploring that world from the perspectives of those raised in such a world, those using it for their own ends, and those looking to tear it down.

Overall, it's a fascinating sort of book. I enjoyed it every bit as much as I did when I last read it years ago. And to anyone with the opportunity to do so, I highly recommend the full cast audiobooks. It's wonderful to have a voice for each of the characters. Well worth the listen. ( )
  jpv0 | Jul 21, 2021 |
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As always, Pullman is a master at combining impeccable characterizations and seamless plotting, maintaining a crackling pace to create scene upon scene of almost unbearable tension. This glittering gem will leave readers of all ages eagerly awaiting the next installment of Lyra's adventures.
 

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