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The Magical Worlds of Philip Pullman Paperback – 7 Sep 2006
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The Magical Worlds of Philip Pullman Enter the realm of His Dark Materials-soon to be a major motion picture starring Nicole Kidman and Daniel Craig. After exploring the worlds of Harry Potter, The Lord of the Rings, and Narnia, David Colbert turns to Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy. From the philosophy of William Blake and John Milton's poem Paradise Lost to quantum physics and the Bible, this book reveals the complex o... Full description
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However, Colbert's writing is often scattered and doesn't flow very well. The sidebars often take away from the writing. The inserts (the grey pages) are annoyingly put in right in the middle of a sentence. Put them at the end of the freaking chapters!
He could have also spent more time discussing daemons-I felt the chapter just got thrown in as an afterthought. Gyptians, the armoured bears, the witches, and all the otherworldly creatures also seemed to be glossed over. There are so many layers to the Dark Materials trilogy. While this book certainly helps uncover many of them, there are still more layers to unearth-this book is often just a boring explanation, much like an English class analysing Beowulf.
Where did Pullman get the idea of daemons, and how did it change as he wrote? What other author wrote about the impossibility of winning a sparring match with a bear? Is Lord Asriel "on the side of" good or evil? These are only a few of the questions that are answered (or not, in the case of the last one), in this illustrated guide to the background of _His Dark Materials_, with the added bonus of some direct peeks into the mind that created this brilliantl work.
This book is a great starting point, and great for a fun read. I don't so much reccomend it as a primary reference, but as a helpful guide it's very well done.