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The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage (2017)

by Philip Pullman

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Series: His Dark Materials (prequel 3), The Book of Dust (1)

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i was pretty nervous to pick this up since the HDM series was such a big part of my childhood, but holy shit. this was fucking magical. ( )
  ireneattolia | Sep 3, 2018 |
Narrated by Michael Sheen.
  Salsabrarian | Sep 1, 2018 |
I wish I could give it a million stars... ( )
  ambersnowpants | Aug 23, 2018 |
This is a prequel to Northern Lights, and (unsurprisingly, as I love all things Northern Lights), I enjoyed it. The first half of the book is a lovely look at Oxford life, with Lyra as a baby, and nuns and spies and a young Hannah Relf. I enjoyed it more than the second half, where our heroes are swept down the river and end up in an Odyssey-like episodic journey through fantastic encounters. It did read a bit like Northern Lights fanfic, but very good fanfic! ( )
  atreic | Jul 26, 2018 |
The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage is Philip Pullman's first installment of a trilogy prequel of his Dark Matter Series. The story takes place when Lyra, the protagonist of the first Dark Matter book is a young infant. The story centers around Malcolm, the son of inn keepers who sets out on an adventure to save Lyra from those who would harm her. The story is dense and slow moving but I enjoyed it. The characters from the original trilogy are a part of the story and it does help to know their backgrounds but La Belle Sauvage can stand alone as a good read. ( )
  Rachael_Robbins | Jul 21, 2018 |
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I recognize that my expectations are impossibly high and that, in literature as well as in romance, you cannot return to the exact feeling you had before. I’d like to think that Pullman is biding his time, laying down the groundwork for what is yet to come.

And even with its longueurs, the book is full of wonder. [...] It’s a stunning achievement, the universe Pullman has created and continues to build on. All that remains is to sit tight and wait for the next installment.
added by melmore | editNew York Times, Sarah Lyall (Oct 18, 2017)
 
The Greeks permeate his writing. Like Odysseus, his new hero, Malcolm, is on a self-appointed quest, fighting off enemies from his boat. (He’s also very unlike Odysseus, being 11 years old, ginger-haired and partial, like Pullman, to woodworking and meat pies.) “The Book of Dust” has other touchstones too: William Blake, the occult, ancient civilizations, East Asia and a eight-minute piece by Borodin called “In the Steppes of Central Asia.” Most of all, Edmund Spenser’s epic, 16th-century allegory, “The Faerie Queene.” Pullman copies the structure of “The Faerie Queene” — strange encounter after strange encounter — but thankfully not its style. When I admitted how I had struggled with the countless pages of archaic verse, Pullman shouted, gleeful, from his seat: “So did I! Couldn’t read it. Couldn’t read it at all until I was doing this.” His own novel is more readable, and earthier, locked into reality by character and geography, Malcolm and Oxford.
 

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When Malcolm finds a secret message inquiring about a dangerous substance called Dust, he finds himself embroiled in a tale of intrigue featuring enforcement agents from the Magisterium, a woman with an evil monkey daemon, and a baby named Lyra.

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