The Golden Compass – Philip Pullman

The story follows Lyra and her daemon Pantalaimon; Lyra is a young orphan who was raised by scholars at Oxford.  She ends up leaving Oxford, however, not long after rumors spread of a group known as the “Gobblers” who are stealing children and their daemons for experimentation.  Lyra begins a journey which ends up taking her to the far North, along the way she meets lots of characters, including polar bears, witches and gyptians.

This is the first of the His Dark Materials trilogy. The Golden Compass is imaginative, thrilling and unique; the writing style is very precise and descriptive.

The fantasy world of the story is intriguing in so many ways, but what I love the most are the Daemons!. Ok, daemons are like a part of your soul, every human in this world is attached to a Daemon; they are always the opposite gender of their human companions and they could take the form of any animal at any time, they can’t get more than 4 feet away from their human companion without having an odd pull on their heart; basically all the time they are really close to each other. What your Daemons feel you will feel it too; if you die they will too.

When daemons reached a certain age they only became one shape and couldn’t shape shift any more, they also can talk but only to their human companion.

I’m not sure of what is really the essence and purpose of a daemon, but to me this was really amazing and lovely. It’s like having a companion with you all the time and since this living creature is actually a part of you, the bound between the human and the daemon it should be deep and solid.

I really enjoyed this book and probably the only thing I wasn’t happy with, was the final scene, I thought it will be a cumulative explanation for character motives among other things, but it wasn’t like that; the ending has a twist which maybe leads nicely into the next book, but I guess I’ll have to read it to find out, for now the ending was confusing to me.

Leaving that behind, somebody told me this book is banned because of manipulation of the Genesis’s story of Adam and Eve. Oh dear, really?.

I mean no disrespect but that’s kind of ridiculous. Only because the book is target as children’s book?. Does that mean children will believe they can fly like superman when they see the cartoon or they can travel by themselves and go to the jungle like Dora the explorer? I think people are underestimating the knowledge and interpretation of children.

2 Responses to “The Golden Compass – Philip Pullman”
  1. ellisnelson says:

    Yeah, unfortunately it remains controversial in some circles but then so is Harry Potter. Same circle, go figure!

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