His Dark Materials: The Golden Compass (Book 1) (Unabridged‪)‬

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Publisher Description


The modern fantasy classic that Entertainment Weekly named an “All-Time Greatest Novel” and Newsweek hailed as a “Top 100 Book of All Time.” Philip Pullman takes readers to a world where humans have animal familiars and where parallel universes are within reach.

Lyra is rushing to the cold, far North, where witch clans and armored bears rule. North, where the Gobblers take the children they steal--including her friend Roger. North, where her fearsome uncle Asriel is trying to build a bridge to a parallel world.

Can one small girl make a difference in such great and terrible endeavors? This is Lyra: a savage, a schemer, a liar, and as fierce and true a champion as Roger or Asriel could want.

But what Lyra doesn't know is that to help one of them will be to betray the other...

A masterwork of storytelling and suspense, Philip Pullman's award-winning The Golden Compass is the first in the His Dark Materials series, which continues with The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass.

A #1 New York Times Bestseller
Winner of the Guardian Prize for Children's Fiction
Published in 40 Countries

"Arguably the best juvenile fantasy novel of the past twenty years." —The Washington Post

"Very grand indeed." —The New York Times

"Pullman is quite possibly a genius." —Newsweek

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Customer Reviews

matt12 ,

Pleas Don't Judge This Book Before You Read It

Let me start off by saying that I am a fourteen-year old boy who has been baptized, believes in God, whose father has a PhD in Theology, and whose savior is Jesus Christ. Please don't skip over this review just because of my age. There has been a lot of talk over The Golden Compass and religion. Let me clear things up. There is absolutely no anti-religious content in this book whatsoever. This story is about a twelve year old girl who goes on a trip to rescue her friend who has been kidnapped. There is a little violence, but nothing that a parent would be horrendously offended by. There is nothing anti-religious about this book. A lot of people writing reviews seem to have missed that point. This story is a very good work of fiction that I loved. In the second book there is a little more violence, but my ten-year old cousin, who has also been baptized, has read all three books and was fine with it. In the second there is talk about a war with God, but nothing really happens until the third book. The third book is the most violent and does involve a war with God. It is not as it seems. God has hired a regent to oversee the goings on of his created worlds. The regent slowly grew his power until he overthrew God and locked him up. The war is against the Regent, not God. In the end of book three, two children find God locked up in a glass cage. The book describes him as a terrified, helpless, beyond ageless angel. The two children take pity on him and free him from his prison. He steps out of the cage, and looks at them with a look of glee so delightful that the children smile. He then dissolves into thin air. That does not at all seem like killing God to me. They are setting him free, and helping him. I believe that God cannot be killed or destroyed. I accept this part of the story as fiction. The book is a child's FANTASY. Key word: Fantasy. In this book witches fly, giant polar bears talk, and an animal represents a person's soul. Since all this is obviously fiction, why can't we accept the releasing God part as fiction? If you skip His Dark Materials, you will be missing out on one of the greatest fiction works of art of our time. Read it for yourself, don't let others do that for you. Please.

Geoff246 ,

The Golden Compass

The Golden Compass is a mini-masterpiece, a lyrical and gripping tale that transcends genre. Nominally a children's book, it has perhaps far greater potential appeal to adults -- a fantasy that serves as a springboard for exploring fundamental questions about the purpose of human life and the nature of the universe. The author doesn't patronize his audience (parallel universes, elementary particles, maternal betrayal, sudden death . . .): there is genuine terror in this book, and heartbreak and loss. There is also love, loyalty, and an underlying morality that infuses the story but never overwhelms it. This is one of the rare novels that you may wish will never end. Happily, its sequel, "The Subtle Knife," will put that off for a while. The final chapter in the "Dark Materials" trilogy, “The Amber Spyglass” won the 2001 Whitbread Prize for best children’s book, then went on to win the Whitbread Book of the Year award, too—the first children’s book ever to do so.

BDR One ,

Fantastic Book

For those that are simply posting horrible reviews because you are instructed by the christian right, why don't you actually bother to read books as opposed to burning them like a nazi would. I am so tired of the christian right trying to tell me what I shouldn't read. I am a practicing Catholic and I too am a God fearing man, but I am not going to burn a book because the author is an athiest. I believe that every piece of work has it's own right to shine despite the authors background. All authors are not trying to place evil thoughts in your child's head. God gave us the ability to think for ourselves. Don't you think it might inprove a persons perspective by at least exploring other sides to the story? Lets be honest these books are a very neat way of looking at fantasy...not reality, fantasy...if your kid really believes a polar bear with armor is going to attack them they need to be immediately placed in counciling because they are on the way to a school massacure in the not so distant future. I also have to tell you that most kids that religion is the only thing pushed their way never full develop they way they should and end up judging everything and living a life that God didn't intend them too. I recommend this stories and my kids will read them too because I am open minded and willing to suspend reality.

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