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The Amber Spyglass (His Dark Materials) [Paperback]

Philip Pullman
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5 Mar 2007 His Dark Materials
"We're going to the land of the dead and we're going to come back" Will and Lyra, whose fates are bound together by powers beyond their own worlds, have been violently separated. But they must find each other, for ahead of them lies the greatest war that has ever been - and a journey to a dark place from which no-one has ever returned...

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  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic; classic edition edition (5 Mar 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439943655
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439943659
  • Product Dimensions: 19.2 x 12.8 x 4.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (393 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 298,744 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Philip Pullman was born in Norwich on 19th October 1946. The early part of his life was spent travelling all over the world, because his father and then his stepfather were both in the Royal Air Force. He spent part of his childhood in Australia, where he first met the wonders of comics, and grew to love Superman and Batman in particular. From the age of 11, he lived in North Wales, having moved back to Britain. It was a time when children were allowed to roam anywhere, to play in the streets, to wander over the hills, and he took full advantage of it. His English teacher, Miss Enid Jones, was a big influence on him, and he still sends her copies of his books.

After he left school he went to Exeter College, Oxford, to read English. He did a number of odd jobs for a while, and then moved back to Oxford to become a teacher. He taught at various middle schools for twelve years, and then moved to Westminster College, Oxford, to be a part-time lecturer. He taught courses on the Victorian novel and on the folk tale, and also a course examining how words and pictures fit together. He eventually left teaching in order to write full-time.

His first published novel was for adults, but he began writing for children when he was a teacher. Some of his novels were based on plays he wrote for his school pupils, such as The Ruby In The Smoke. He is best known for the award winning His Dark Materials series, consisting of Northern Lights, The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass.

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Philip Pullman brings The Amber Spyglass to the spellbinding His Dark Materials sequence, which dazzles everyone who reads it, children and adults alike. After the original Northern Lights, he kept up the quality in The Subtle Knife, the second title in the trilogy. Now he brings the series to an extraordinary conclusion. Will and Lyra, the two children at the heart of the books, have become separated amidst great dangers. Can they find each other, and their friends? Then complete their mysterious quest before it's too late? The great rebellion against the dark powers that hold Lyra's world, and many others, in thrall is nearing its climax. She and Will have crucial parts to play, but they don't know what it is that they must do, and terrible powers are hunting them down.

The pace of the book is compelling, the writing powerful. Pullman's plotting is intricate and cunning, surprising the reader again and again. Perhaps what is most striking of all, however, is the depth of the characterisation. Lord Asriel, Mrs Coulter, Iorek Byrnison the king of the armoured bears, a host of minor characters, most of all Will and Lyra themselves: the book is a library of beautifully drawn, remarkably convincing characters walking in worlds of marvels.

In this volume the cosmic dimensions of the story become more prominent, as a great conflict across many universes comes to a head--how well the narrative sustains such immensely weighty resonances is a question critics may well disagree on. The author's beliefs also come more into the open, and with them a polemic anti-religious theme that will please some readers and alienate others.

Philip Pullman's writing commands immense respect; more than that, it is raising the profile of the best children's books among adults, as demanding critics of all ages fall in love with this remarkable trilogy. --David Pickering --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars incredible 1 Jan 2002
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This book definitely deserves to be classed as an novel, although typically of masterpieces it can be read on so many different levels that it is also appropriate for children as a fantastic story. As an older reader i found that he dealt with issues of religion, loss of innocence and the ways in which we live our lives and hold our beliefs. However, Pullman's sensitive portrayal of all the charcaters means that there is no direction to the reader as to how to interpret the book, and we are left to make our own judgement. I agree with the other reviewers that this book is worlds apart, and above, harry potter, as it has depths of emotion and issues that the potter series can only aspure to. i would reccomend this book to anyone who wants something thought-provoking, enthralling and simply an incredbile read.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Northern Lights Audio 28 Dec 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
The cover-to-cover audio books of the Northern Lights trilogy is outstanding. Philip Pullman narrates his own work and other parts are dramatised. None of the subtlety is lost in these books, unlike the BBC version. Indeed as they are narrated by Pullman himself, I found my enjoyment and understanding of these complex and compelling books increased ten-fold. The audio books were thrilling car journey listening for adults, a 12-year old, 9-year old and two 8-year old boys.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Book of the millenium 10 Nov 2000
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
When reading the 1st 2 books of this trilogy i thought i would never read a better book in my entire life- that they could not be improved on in any way- but Phillip Pullman has just performed a miracle. This book is the most heart-wrenching, soul crushing book i have ever read and ever will read without a shadow of doubt. I experienced feelings so intense i never thought them possible- i had never imagined a love so passionate and all engulfing could possibly exist- its beyond anyones imagination and probably even pullmans before he wrote it. I would just like to say that whatever Phillip Pullman does with the rest of his life he should know that his life has definitely not been in vain- he has changed the life of many many people in this world- not least of all me. Since finishing this book i have become a much happier fulfilled person- although i was depressed and cried alot for a few days afterwards- the ending is so sad you can't imagine it until you have read it. It leaves you drained and all you can think is WHY? Why does life have to be so cruel- can life be so cruel? Can anyone love with that much might? Is it possible? Mind you the ending is totally different to what i expected. I don't think anyone could percieve it.If you have not read this book you are missing out on the book of your lifetime and the reading experience of a lifetime. It beats every book i have read, and thta includes Lord of the Rings and War and Peace, all the classics, not a patch on this. This comment does it no justice at all, its a masterpiece. All i can say is read it. The only flaw is any other book i ever read will seem like nothing in comparison, never will anything as good be written ever again. Its not possible. This book will still be the best book in history when the universe ends, and Phillip Pullmans name will go down in history as the greatest writer of all time.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing 22 July 2005
By P. Ward
Format:Paperback
I started reading the first book of the trilogy after seeing it mentioned on Richard and Judy (the morning show!!) a good few years ago now. The first book was a well written enchanting story, immediately i couldnt wait to start the second which was again a brilliant piece of writing and a great book in its own right.
However both books as good as they were were only setting the scene for what can only be descibed as probably the best book i have ever read. Every step of the way you are with Will and Lyra you feel eveything they do and by the end the monumental decisions they make will make you beg for a different ending (to stop your own heartache!!)
The one thing that impressed me most however was how well presented his ideas about religion, free thought, and the after life were. They were all encompassed in a brilliant moving thought provoking story.
I would thoroughly recommend His Dark Materials Trilogy to everybody.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Ending! 8 Dec 2006
Format:Paperback
If you don't want to know how His Dark Materials ends, look away now...!

No book is perfect. In this trilogy, the author throws his net so widely that there are almost bound to be some loose ends, inconsistencies, and so on. I doubt whether such things greatly detract from a reader's enjoyment. But the feature of this book which really "gets" to readers is its ending.

In this trilogy, the author has created a universe (or universes) in which anything is possible or conceivable. We, therefore, naturally expect a happy ending. Pullman could easily have provided one. Instead, he has created an ending which is at least bitter-sweet if not downright sad. Readers have been both moved and disturbed by this and, as I think the ending is the book's finest feature, I would like to offer a comment or two.

The love between Lyra and Will is carefully prepared but it nevertheless comes as something of a shock because it occurs so very late in the novel. Pulman has been accused of making an unnecessary assault upon the readers' heartstrings, even of gratuitous sensationalism. I disagree for three reasons. Firstly, the love is an important part of the plot because it actually has a physical impact upon the environment in which it happens. (The author does not explain exactly why this happens - one of the "loose ends" referred to above!) Secondly, the love between Will and Lyra is of an emotional rather than of a gratuitously sexual nature. Many readers, it seems, fail to grasp the distinction. But isn't it possible - especially when young - to be helplessly in love with someone without necessarily wanting to have sex with them? Likewise, is it not possible to lust after someone you don't like very much - like Lord Asriel and Mrs Coulter?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read !
Philip Pullman's 2nd in Trilogy His Dark Materials was a good read, a touch too descriptive in places where i just wanted to keep knowing the outcome and a few too many places for... Read more
Published 1 month ago by RoseMarie
4.0 out of 5 stars Bought as gift
I bought this last Christmas for a close friend to complete his collection and he seemed to enjoy it :)
Published 4 months ago by Joan Henderson
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had a chance to read it as I was on holiday, great book as I expected, bla bla bla bla
Published 4 months ago by Bill
5.0 out of 5 stars An exciting and thrilling end to a fantastic trilogy
Philip Pullman pulls out all the stops with `The Amber Spyglass'. Considerably longer than the other two novels, this thrilling and face-paced novel leaves you breathless with... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Sarah Brown
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing ending
Oh thank goodness i've finshed, this book seemed to take forever!

I loved pieces of this book hence the reason why i liked it. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Anna-Louise
5.0 out of 5 stars The Amber Spyglass
This was a very well written book. I enjoyed it immensely. I look forward to the film when it comes.
Published 7 months ago by Val
3.0 out of 5 stars Some good bits, but just too much unneccesary info
The third part in the trilogy, again I had read this about 10 years ago and I remembered that I struggled with it a bit back then, didn't find it as interesting as the other 2 but... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Barmy_Bex
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous!
You must read these, you will laugh, cry, dream, imagine, escape a rollercoaster of an adventure x Buy all three!
Published 9 months ago by Jo Scrase
2.0 out of 5 stars Mostly dull, with shiny bits
The third and thankfully final book in the His Dark Materials trilogy completely failed to grip me, to the point where I had to give myself a reward of reading a chapter of another... Read more
Published 9 months ago by J. R. Johnson-Rollings
1.0 out of 5 stars Shockingly bad!
I can't believe the reviews on this! The first book was great, it went a bit off the rails with book 2 but still held my interest. Read more
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