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Philip Pullman's 'His Dark Materials', A Multiple Allegory: Attacking Religious Superstition in 'The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe' and ' Paradise Lost' [Paperback]

Leonard F. Wheat
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1 Sep 2007
Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy is one of the most popular fantasy works of our time. Both the trilogy and the movies based on it are being marketed chiefly as YA (young adult) fare. But Leonard F. Wheat shows in this fascinating analysis that His Dark Materials is far more than a YA tale. At a deeper level it is a complex triple allegory—a surface story that uses 231 symbols to tell three hidden stories. As such, it is among the most profound, intellectually challenging, and thoroughly adult works ever written.
Wheat brings the hidden stories to light. He demonstrates how Pullman retells two prominent works of British literature—C. S. Lewis's The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and John Milton's Paradise Lost. Pullman's aim is to counter Lewis's pro-Christian allegory with his own anti-Christian allegory. Pullman does this in his second allegory by turning Paradise Lost upside down. Satan and his daughter, Sin, along with Adam's murderous son Cain, become heroes; God and Jesus become villains. This retold story depicts our society's warfare between knowledge (symbolized by Dust) and religious superstitions (symbolized by Specters). Pullman adds an original third hidden story featuring Christian missionaries, Charles Darwin, agnostics, and atheists.
Wheat's intriguing interpretation of Pullman's work is the first to point out the many allegorical features of His Dark Materials and to highlight the ingenious ways in which Pullman subtly attacks religious institutions and superstitions. Pullman fans as well as readers interested in fantasy or concerned about religious coercion will find Wheat's book not only stimulating but overflowing with surprises.

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  • Paperback: 338 pages
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books (1 Sep 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591025893
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591025894
  • Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 15.6 x 22.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 1.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 642,564 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars This is not what I thought I was buying 6 May 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I thought I was purchasing Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials, it was only after downloading it I realized it was an analogy of the books by Leonard F. Wheat. somewhat disappointing.
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2.0 out of 5 stars A hard read - disappointing 22 Feb 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
After watching the film I opened this book expecting it to be a fun and exciting read. I was hoping that i would really like it and then I would have a new series to read. However, it has too much description for my liking and I could not
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By jennie
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Dreadful book. Would not recommend. Misleading title. Utter waste of money. Will not score! (But have to give one star to submit.
Call not believe he genuine Philip Pullman work from the real Dark material is not available via Kindle. If you want Northern Lights/The Golden Compass and the other two books which make up the trilogy, well you look like you will have to buy the paper back edition. Very disappointed
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24 of 32 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
The reason is simply that none of them is actually a review of THIS book. and hence not relevant here. Neither is this, of course, so Amazon should probably just remove the lot!
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27 of 40 people found the following review helpful
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PLEASE NOTE: At the top of the browser page for this book it says "Start reading Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials on your Kindle in under a minute...." This is a misleading and despicable piece of marketing. YOU CANNOT READ THAT BOOK ON YOUR KINDLE IN UNDER A MINUTE - IT IS NOT AVAILABLE FOR THE KINDLE. The book referred to here is a commentary of the book by another author.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not what I wanted 25 Feb 2014
By Sally D
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I wanted to read Philip Pullman's Northern Lights on my kindle. I had been told by a friend that it was the first book of His Dark Materials, so I ordered it.
It does not contain his stories at all, which I found very confusing. Perhaps the description of this book should be more explicit about its contents!
I have since discovered that, inexplicably, the book I did want -"Northern Lights"- is not available on Kindle. I am very disappointed and rather disillusioned.
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