09-02-2007 12:03 AM - last edited on 10-05-2007 09:10 AM by ConnieAnnKirk
Message Edited by ConnieK on 10-05-2007 09:10 AM
09-06-2007 04:00 PM
Pullman, Lewis, Rowling, and many, many, many other great authors of young adult fiction are finally being recognized...and I LOVE IT!!
""I now view my long road as a search for truth in my own heart, in the world around me, and in the bigger questions of purpose and of existence. How does one define good and evil." --Drizzt Do'Urden
09-09-2007 03:43 PM
Unfortunately, this is a done series and it is almost impossible to avoid spoilers and this article has some. They don't look too material to spoil the reading of the books. But be warned.
09-19-2007 03:14 PM - edited 09-19-2007 03:14 PM
I started the next book and find that each chapter shifts its point of view from chapter to chapter as we follow different characters in different worlds. TGC is Lyra's book, she is the center, and it is an action story with only a hint about some underlying issues. In TSK she is still a major player (though I don't think as much in control of things as she was in TGC) but she must now share the center of attention, there is much she doesn't know about what is happening in the story, and the focus of the story is more on ideas. There is still action taking place but the focus has definitely shifted.
Message Edited by BarbaraN on 09-19-2007 03:14 PM
09-25-2007 05:05 PM
The Archangel Michael has been telling Adam and Eve, just before their expulsion from Paradise, what the future history of the world will be like. I thought this was a good summation of the situation we find in the first book of the trilogy, The Golden Compass. I have shortened it a little--Milton does take a long time to say something. This also reflects what I have come to see as the position of Mrs. Coulter and other Church leaders who seem to profess religious ideals and then do something horrible, like sever children from their daemons, an act, no matter how misconstrued the justification, none-the-less seems to go against their own declared theology..
Book XII Paradise Lost
Starting Line 508
Wolves shall succeed for teachers, grievous Wolves,
Who all the sacred mysteries of Heav'n
To thir own vile advantages shall turne [ 510 ]
Of lucre and ambition, and the truth
With superstitions and traditions taint,
Then shall they seek to avail themselves of names, [ 515 ]
Places and titles, and with these to joine
Secular power, though feigning still to act
By spiritual, to themselves appropriating
The Spirit of God, promisd alike and giv'n
To all Beleevers; and from that pretense, [ 520 ]
Spiritual Lawes by carnal power shall force
On every conscience;
Religion satisfi'd; Truth shall retire [ 535 ]