The Golden Compass - Philip Pullman (Hardcover)

Product Details

Barcode
9780679879244
Department
Books
Released
16 Apr 1996
Supply Source
UK

Book

Author
Philip Pullman
Binding
Hardcover
Publisher
Random House Childrens Books
Series
His Dark Materials
Language
English
Number of Pages
399
Dimensions
222 x 146 x 38mm (590g)

Annotation

  • In an alternative world in which every human being is accompanied by an animal familiar, the disappearance of several children prompts Lyra and her bear protector to undertake a journey to the frozen Arctic in pursuit of kidnappers.

Summary

  • HIS DARK MATERIALS IS NOW AN HBO ORIGINAL SERIES STARRING DAFNE KEEN, RUTH WILSON, JAMES McAVOY, AND LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA!

    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

    Don't miss Philip Pullman's epic new trilogy set in the world of His Dark Materials!

    ** THE BOOK OF DUST **
    La Belle Sauvage
    The Secret Commonwealth

Juvenile Fiction

General Subject
Juvenile Grades 7-9 Ages 12-14
BISAC Subject 1
Juvenile Fiction / Fantasy & Magic
BIC Classification 1
Fantasy & magical realism (Children's / Teenage)
BIC Classification 2
Science fiction (Children's / Teenage)
Library Subject 1
Fantasy.
Library Subject 2
Arctic regions - Fiction.
Library Subject 3
Kidnapping - Fiction.
Dewey Classification
[Fic]

Author Bio

PHILIP PULLMAN is one of the most acclaimed writers working today. He is best known for the His Dark Materials trilogy, which has been named one of the top 100 books of all time by Newsweek and one of the all-time greatest novels by Entertainment Weekly. Pullman was knighted for his services to literature in the 2019 New Years Honours. The Book of Dust, Pullman's eagerly anticipated return to the world of His Dark Materials, will also be a book in three parts. It began with La Belle Sauvage and continues with The Secret Commonwealth.

Philip Pullman is the author of many other beloved novels. For younger readers: I Was a Rat!, Count Karlstein, Two Crafty Criminals!, Spring-Heeled Jack, and The Scarecrow and His Servant. For older readers: the Sally Lockhart quartet (The Ruby in the Smoke, The Shadow in the North, The Tiger in the Well, and The Tin Princess), The White Mercedes, and The Broken Bridge. He has written a magnificent collection, Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm, and his essays and lectures on writing and storytelling have been gathered in a volume called Daemon Voices: On Stories and Storytelling.

Philip Pullman lives in Oxford, England.

Review Quotes

"Extraordinary storytelling at its very best." --The Detroit Free Press "Superb . . . all-stops-out thrilling." --The Washington Post

Very grand indeed. --The New York Times

Powerful [...] a fantasy adventure that sparkles with childlike wonder. --The Boston Sunday Globe

Marvelous [...] the writing is elegant and challenging. --The New Yorker

Arguably the best juvenile fantasy novel of the past twenty years [...] If [The Subtle Knife] is as good as The Golden Compass, we'll be two thirds of the way to the completion of a modern fantasy classic.
--The Washington Post Book World

"Pullman is quite possibly a genius...using the lineaments of fantasy to tell the truth about the universal experience of growing up." --Newsweek

Masterful storytelling [...] with a cast of instantly beguiling characters. --The Dallas Morning News

"The most magnificent fantasy series since Lord of the Rings." --The Oregonian

"Pullman has created the last great fantasy masterpiece of the twentieth century. An astounding achievement." --The Cincinnati Enquirer

Once in a lifetime a children's author emerges who is so extraordinary that the imagination of generations is altered. Lewis Carroll, E. Nesbit, C.S. Lewis, and Tolkien were all of this cast. So, too, is Philip Pullman, whose Dark Materials trilogy will be devoured by anyone between eight and eighty. The most ambitious work since The Lord of the Rings, it is as intellectually thrilling as it is magnificently written. -- New Statesman

Thrillingly paced and exotic [...] breathtaking. -- Columbus Dispatch

"[...] a rare few have minds capacious enough to engage in vast cosmos-making, imagining realms and inventing universes. I am thinking of Dante and Milton and Blake. We may now add Philip Pullman."
--Parents Choice (online)

The Golden Compass is one of the best fantasy/adventure stories that I have read in years. This is a book no one should miss. --Terry Brooks, author of The Sword of Shannara

As always, Pullman is a master at combining impeccable characterizations and seamless plotting, maintaining a crackling pace to create scene upon scene of almost unbearable tension. This glittering gem will leave readers of all ages eagerly awaiting the next installment of Lyra's adventures.
--Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

"This first fantastic installment of the His Dark Materials trilogy propels readers along with horror and high adventure, a shattering tale that begins with a promise and delivers an entire universe." - Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

This first fantastic installment propels readers along with horror and high adventure [...] A shattering tale that begins with a promise and delivers an entire universe. --Kirkus Reviews, Starred

"The characters of Lord Asriel, Mrs. Coutler, and Iorek Byrnison and the cold and beautiful Northern setting are captivating; the constantly twisting plot and escalating suspense are riveting; and Lyra and Pantalaimon are among the gutsiest and wiliest of adventurers. Touching, exciting, and mysterious by turns, this is a splendid work." --The Horn Book Magazine, Starred

"Glorious. And what an ending -- simply operatic." --School Library Journal, Top 100 Children's Novels (#28)

This is a captivating fantasy, filled with excitement, suspense, and unusual characters. --School Library Journal

A totally involving, intricately plotted fantasy that will leave readers clamoring for the sequels.
--Booklist, Starred review

"Glorious. . . . The Golden Compass is one of those lyrical suspensions like Alice in Wonderland and The Lord of the Rings that crosses all age lines and intertwines mythologies and legends with seamless beauty." --BookPage