His Dark Materials (Laurel-Leaf) Mass Market Paperback – Sep 23 2003
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In the epic trilogy His Dark Materials, Philip Pullman unlocks the door to worlds parallel to our own. Dæmons and winged creatures live side by side with humans, and a mysterious entity called Dust just might have the power to unite the universes--if it isn't destroyed first. The three books in Pullman's heroic fantasy series, published as trade paperbacks, are united here in one dazzling boxed set that includes The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife, and The Amber Spyglass. In these new editions, each chapter opens with artwork by Pullman himself, along with chapter quotations from the likes of Milton, Donne, Black, Byron, and the Bible that did not appear in earlier editions. Join Lyra, Pantalaimon, Will, and the rest as they embark on the most breathtaking, heartbreaking adventure of their lives. The fate of the universe is in their hands. (Ages 13 and older) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
About the Author
Philip Pullman has won many distinguished prizes, including the Carnegie Medal for The Golden Compass (and the reader-voted "Carnegie of Carnegies" for the best children's book of the past seventy years); the Whitbread (now Costa) Book of the Year Award for The Amber Spyglass; a Booker Prize long-list nomination (The Amber Spyglass); Parents' Choice Gold Awards (The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass); and the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, in honor of his body of work. In 2004, he was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire.
Philip Pullman is the author of many books for young readers, including two volumes related to the His Dark Materials trilogy: Lyra's Oxford and Once Upon a Time in the North. He lives in Oxford, England. To learn more, please visit www.philip-pullman.com and www.hisdarkmaterials.com.
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Let me put it this way: if a book can get people to speak about issues, that's a good thing. If it can get kids to read, that's a great thing. Why be afraid of this? Why tell children that they can't ask questions? Why the anxiety?
Buy these books. The trilogy is truly a masterpiece.
The rumors that I heard before reading this series was that Pullman was a heretic and being so had twelve year olds children having sex in one section of the writings and that he actually had destroyed 'God' through a murderous act.Read more ›
The "Dark Materials" triology takes place in a world similar to our own, that is at the same time very different. In that world, each person's soul can be seen, is called a "daemon" and takes the form of an animal. The daemons of children change their appearance constantly, but once the children become adults, their daemons choose only one form. Pullman's alternate world has other differences, too, for example the fact that it has different kinds of magic, and that witches and armored bears coexist with human beings. The result is that the world he builds is exotic, strange but at the same time familiar.
On the negative side, the writer also plays with an institution we are familiar with, the Church, using its name but leaving behind its essence, in order to talk about a world ruled by tyrannical ecclesiastical authorities. I didn't like that, and probably you won't like it either, but keep in mind that this is a work of fiction, and as such, its purpose is to entertain, not to be taken seriously. All the same, if you think your sensibilities will be offended, or that you won't be able to separate reality from fiction, don't buy this book. You will be losing a lot, though.
Regarding the plot of these books, the main character is an orphan girl named Lyra, that lives in the Jordan College of Oxford. Her life involves no more responsabilities than playing in the grounds (and roofs!Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
Gift for my girlfriend. These are great books! She has already read all but wanted to read again but left her copies back home in the caribbean.
Awesome set of books; it arrived in perfect condition and were all great reads. The price was great and they arrived quickly. This would be a great gift.Published 4 months ago by Emily
I don't remember that I got a 'boxed set' of His Dark Materials, but presumably it was just that, since I certainly did buy and read the Trilogy, plus a number of Phillip Pullman's... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Graham Hyatt
Received quickly and in perfect condition! My absolute favorite series, I can't wait to read them again!Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
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A truly incredible book as well as a life lesson. Would recommend to anyone who likes fantastic books. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Noémie
This is a great series to stimulate the imagination. I saw the movie before I read the books and seemed to enjoy the books even more. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Kelly D. Bryson
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