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The Golden Compass

The Golden Compass

(Book #1 in the His Dark Materials series)


Book Overview: The Golden Compass


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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Philip Pullman is a renowned British author, globally acclaimed for his richly imaginative and thought-provoking fantasy novels. Born on October 19, 1946 in Norwich, England, Pullman is best known for the “His Dark Materials” trilogy which has since been translated into over 40 languages. This award-winning series, drawing inspiration from Milton's "Paradise Lost," uniquely interweaves elements of theology and science into his narrative, making his work both enchanting and intellectually stimulating. Prior to his writing career, Pullman served as a passionate educator, teaching at various middle schools and at the University of Oxford. It was his invaluable experience with teaching that polished his story-telling skills, helping him capture the hearts of children and adults alike with his tales. Pullman's skillful writing and vibrant imagination is also evident in other works such as “The Sally Lockhart Mysteries”, and "The Book of Dust" trilogy. Beyond being a best-selling author, Pullman exerts a significant influence on the literary world. His commitment towards endorsing the profound significance of narrative in our lives is evident in his role as the president of the Society of Authors. Pullman's stories, with their magical elements and profound exploration of fundamental human themes, continue to shape the fantasy genre, making him a true literary icon. His powerful and timeless storytelling abilities make him a beacon in children's literature, inspiring readers to ponder and envisage beyond the visible world.


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