His Dark Materials Paperback – 24 Apr 2007
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Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy astounded the literary world, reaping high praise from adults as well as children. The final book in the trilogy, The Amber Spyglass, was published to great literary acclaim, earning Pullman a place on the longlist for the prestigious Booker Prize and pushing the trilogy toward cult fiction status for both children and adults.
This stunning box set contains the three books in the trilogy: The Subtle Knife, Northern Lights and The Amber Spyglass, and is the perfect gift for anyone who is looking for a challenging read. It's recommended for age 10 and above. --Susan Harrison --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
"One of the supreme literary dreamers and magicians of our time" (The Guardian)
"Philip Pullman. Is he the best storyteller ever?" (The Observer) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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For those readers who have completed the Harry Potter books, and are looking for something of the same kind (as I was when I began reading this trilogy), I'd advise you to drop any pre-conceived notions about how 'young adult' fiction is written - these books have bite. Main characters are subject to questionable morals, the plots are trully labrynthine, the whole Christian notion of the nature of the Universe is picked apart almost in disgust, and characters that you find yourself caring about do die.
To compare this trilogy to Harry Potter (which I enjoyed) is to compare wine to fruit juice.
As the author himself admits, the three books are really all one book, in much the same way as The Lord Of The Rings. I defy anyone to read the first story and not want to immediately start on the second, then the third.
The tale focuses on a girl called Lyra, raised as an orphan, but with a great destiny. Her adventures begin with a struggle against the all-powerful Christian church in her world, which is parallel to our own, but with many subtle differences.
This struggle leads to a greater one, and a greater one, until her final destiny is revealed - one that has implications for all the parallel worlds in the Universe.
Bringing together cosmology, physics, and christian theology, the trilogy presents a unified theory of the Universe, one in which even God himself may not be everything he seems (please be aware from the outset that Christians may find many of the aspects of this Universal theory uncomfortable, but also remember, it's only a story).Read more ›
This edition is a three-in-one hard back, which could easily sit on your shelf alongside Lord of the Rings. It's a re-issue of the edition I own (which has a black cover, not the blue one shown in this picture), and I must admit that my romanticism leaves me really liking big, hard back books. This volume wouldn't be out of place on a story-teller's knee in front of a fire, and is a lovely way of giving someone these wonderful stories.
Also, it puts the books together as one story which, in all honesty, is what they are. One long, brilliant story.
It's three paperbacks, with the best covers available, in a box. If you want to give His Dark Materials as a gift, then for me it's either this, or the all-in-one hard back.
But it is all these things and more.
If you want to read something that will change the way you look at the world, that will move you to laughter and to tears, and that will keep you awake long into the night shaking with wonder and with fear, then read this book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The trilogy itself has been reviewed enough times to make another review redundant. So instead I wanted to review this edition (the Everyman Special Edition Hard Cover). Read morePublished 2 days ago by Rupert Grace
thank you for such a fantastic product very happy with it and look forward to buying of you again. thank youPublished 24 days ago by Amazon Customer
I adored this trilogy. Rich in so many ways and not my usual genre but I escaped into another world and it stayed with me.Published 27 days ago by Amazon Customer
Items were delivered quickly and were packaged well. The book is beautiful and excelent quality. Good heavy hard back. Read morePublished 27 days ago by Carrie&Adam
Good book. Originally I bought this in the hardback form, because it was not availa le on kindle, but i had to buy in for kindle once it came out.Published 1 month ago by M. Witherington