Title: The Golden Compass
Author: Philip Pullman
# pages: 399
Date published: 1995
Genre: YA fantasy
Series: #1 in His Dark Materials
Challenge(s): Unread Authors Challenge, New Classics Challenge, Raved-About Reads Challenge, What an Animal Challenge, Book Awards Challenge II
(one of my favorites)
“Lyra and her daemon moved through the darkening hall, taking care to keep to one side, out of sight of the kitchen.”
What Is It About? Lyra Belacqua lives in a world that is similar to our own, but with some key differences. For one thing, people in Lyra’s world are always accompanied by a daemon. Their daemon is an animal that represents that person’s soul. When children are young, their daemons can change shape but as they grow older their daemons settle into one form and stay that way.
When children all over
Random Thoughts: I loved this book. For me, The Golden Compass was a great, exciting adventure novel. I know there are many people who consider this series anti-religious, but I didn’t really notice a strong anti-religious sentiment in The Golden Compass (although I fully admit to knowing little about organized religion, so maybe it just went over my head. Or maybe this aspect becomes more obvious in the other books in the series?).
“But suppose your daemon settles in a shape you don’t like?”
“Well, then, you’re discontented, en’t you? There’s plenty of folk as’d like to have a lion as a daemon and they end up with a poodle. And till they learn to be satisfied with what they are, they’re going to be fretful about it. Waste of feeling, that is.” (p. 167-168)
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