Friday, September 12, 2008

The Golden Compass

The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman

Lyra is a 12 year old girl who has been raised at Jordan College in Oxford by scholars. She has been somewhat neglected and hence has become a 'wild' child. She plays with Roger, one of the kitchen maid's sons. When Lyra sneaks into the retiring room and catches sight of the Aurora Borealis and visions of an alternate world, she is excited beyond belief. Roger disappears one day and Lyra is terribly concerned.

Soon thereafter she is apprenticed to a Mrs. Coulter who is planning a trip to the Arctic. Before long however, Lyra finds out that Mrs. Coulter is really one of the people who are snatching children off the streets. The rumors of what are done with these children are horrendous. Lyra begins a real adventure and rescue.

Pullman has created a fantasy world that is wonderful. Each human has a daemon who is attached for life. Animals talk, witches fly and there are polar bear kings. All the stuff of a really good 'fairy' tale.

First Line: "Lyra and her daemon moved through the darkening hall, taking care to keep to one side, out of sight of the kitchen."




Cherie said...

I really liked this book myself, and just recently saw the movie as well. I wasn't sure going in because of the Christian angle and seeing as how I don't like things with any kind of strong religious undertone, but I'm quite glad I gave it a chance... any of that was very downplayed, especially in the movie. :)

Dana said...

I really didn't see why this book was banned. I am not a Catholic but thought the Christianity issues were more just storyline then any real negatives

Josette said...

Oh I need to get this book for myself! I watched the movie in the cinema and was like, wow! A star-studded cast.

I was baffled to as why this book could be banned. There seems to be nothing wrong with it. Man, all this book-banning business has got to be stopped.