Thursday, December 02, 2010

The Golden Compass--Philip Pullman

From the Vault
This review was originally written--handwritten no less--in August 1999 before the Age of Blogs. I'm not editing it at all because I don't believe in tampering with history. For other old reviews, click on the "From the Vault" tag.

Title: The Golden Compass
Author: Philip Pullman
Genre: Fantasy
Subjects: religion; souls; male/female dynamics; family

Summary: Lyra Belacqua leads a crusade to save her friend and other helpless children from gruesome scientific experiments. Along the way she learns important lessons on who she is and the struggle between good and evil. First of three books.

Critique: Exciting and thought-provoking, this book will appeal to young adults and adults alike. It focuses on religion without it being so obvious that it turns the reader off. Interesting thesis--people with tangible souls--and treatment of the original sin/good-evil discussion. Great for a book discussion group for any age!

Recommendation: Yes!

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Sniffly Kitty said...

I think there were blogs around in 1999, but they weren't particularly widespread or easy to use.

Where did you have these reviews posted?

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Goddess Librarian said...

I didn't. I just had them in an old notebook and I'm now typing them up here.

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