La bussola d'oro.

354 pages

Italian language

Published Sept. 11, 2004 by Salani.

ISBN:
9788884511829

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4 stars (23 reviews)

In a landmark epic of fantasy and storytelling, Philip Pullman invites readers into a world as convincing and thoroughly realized as Narnia, Earthsea, or Redwall. Here lives an orphaned ward named Lyra Belacqua, whose carefree life among the scholars at Oxford's Jordan College is shattered by the arrival of two powerful visitors. First, her fearsome uncle, Lord Asriel, appears with evidence of mystery and danger in the far North, including photographs of a mysterious celestial phenomenon called Dust and the dim outline of a city suspended in the Aurora Borealis that he suspects is part of an alternate universe. He leaves Lyra in the care of Mrs. Coulter, an enigmatic scholar and explorer who offers to give Lyra the attention her uncle has long refused her. In this multilayered narrative, however, nothing is as it seems. Lyra sets out for the top of the world in search of her kidnapped …

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Review of 'Northern Lights (His Dark Materials)' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

That was superb.

I wasn't too sure when I started reading this, but Northern Lights works on multiple levels. On one hand, much of the plot revolves around a chase through an increasingly mysterious fantasy tinged environment which, even with the darkness of the ending, is clearly aimed at a YA audience.

However, embedded in the world-building and in the motivations of the various characters is a deeper exploration of the way in which religion -- when given too much power -- both corrupts and harms those who fall under its influence.

Review of 'The Golden Compass' on Goodreads

3 stars

1) '''What is it?' she said.
Pantalaimon, a wildcat still, crouched on the table six inches away, his green eyes following it round and round inside the glass.
'If you was to crack it open,' said Farder Coram, 'you'd find no living thing in there. No animal nor insect, at any rate. I seen one of these things afore, and I never thought I'd see one again this far north. Afric things. There's a clockwork running in there, and pinned to the spring of it, there's a bad spirit with a spell through its heart.'''

2) ''The enormousness of the task silenced them. Lyra looked up at the blazing sky. She was aware of how small they were, she and her dæmon, in comparison with the majesty and vastness of the universe; and of how little they knew, in comparison with the profound mysteries above them.''

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