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A la croisée des mondes, tome 1 : Les Royaumes du Nord (original 1995; edition 2003)

by Philip Pullman (Author), Jean Esch (Translator)

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Title:A la croisée des mondes, tome 1 : Les Royaumes du Nord
Authors:Philip Pullman (Author)
Other authors:Jean Esch (Translator)
Info:Gallimard (2003), Mass Market Paperback, 533 pages
Collections:Your library, fiction, speculative fiction, fantasy, english
Tags:fantasy, young adult

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The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman (1995)

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I really like this story. Pullman is so creative in how he creates the world in this book. The only problem with this book is sometimes it seems to drag. I don't know, maybe it's just me. ( )
  kyndyleizabella | Jan 23, 2017 |
We started listening to this as an audio book on a road trip, but we didn't reach the end before the trip was over, and the suspense was killing me, so I checked it out of the library the next day. I hardly ever read juvenile fiction, and even more rarely bother to review it, but Pullman has pulled off a wonderful storytelling feat with this trilogy. I love the way that the slightly off-kilter world of Lyra Belacqua unfolds bit by bit, rather than all the "rules" of the fantasy world being dropped on the reader in one big expository dump. It's pretty dark and edgy, but that's kind of my style too. ( )
  jalbacutler | Jan 10, 2017 |
This book had equal parts religion, science, and childish wonder/magic which was fantastic. I didn't completely understand the Dust and elementary particles, but neither did Lyra so that's okay. We were equally confused, sad, filled with wonder and despair, and pumped with adrenaline and love. Daemons are a fascinating alternative to "inner voices" and Pan represents everything Lyra is: a rough-and-tumble kid with a heart of gold. I managed to tear through the book in 3 days and am very proud of this feat. ( )
  kamikaze2011 | Jan 4, 2017 |
My first Philip Pullman, and probably my last.

When I read a book I don't like, I usually figure it's just not for me, and I have different tastes, blah, blah, and move on. Not this time. The novel "deserves" a few notes.

Philip Pullman has awfully combined two of the greatest conundrums of modern science, dark matter and the nature of consciousness, into one very week element within his narrative, and has connected it with the transition from childhood to adolescence. After all this is a YA novel.

Pullman's suggestion is that children are not fully self-conscious until adolescence. This premise is nonsense, even for a book. Pullman's claim is that these elements of consciousness start streaming into the children and their daemons settle into a fixed form. Uhm...Come again?

You can read the rest of this review on my blog. ( )
  antao | Dec 10, 2016 |
This was a fun YA read, and I probably liked it so much because it was the first fiction book I’ve read in a *long* time. It was also reminiscent of a lot of the fantasy novels I read as a kid. I had a pretty long stint of reading non-fiction, DIY, and self-help books. Happy that my Secret Santa from last year’s SantaThing awarded me this book! Will definitely be reading more from this series. ( )
  kristi_test_02 | Dec 6, 2016 |
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As always, Pullman is a master at combining impeccable characterizations and seamless plotting, maintaining a crackling pace to create scene upon scene of almost unbearable tension. This glittering gem will leave readers of all ages eagerly awaiting the next installment of Lyra's adventures.

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Astrologo, MarinaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Baylay, KateCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Into this wild abyss,
The womb of nature and perhaps her grave,
Of neither sea, not shore, nor air, nor fire,
But all these in their pregnant causes mixed
Confusedly, and which thus must ever fight,
Unless the almighty maker them ordain,
His dark materials to create more worlds,
Into this wild abyss the wary fiend
Stood on the brink of hell and looked a while,
Pondering his voyage...

     — John Milton, Paradise Lost, Book II
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Lyra and her dæmon moved through the darkening hall, taking care to keep to one side, out of sight of the kitchen.
We are all subject to the fates. But we must all act as if we are not...or die of despair.
...this was in the seventeenth century.  Symbols and emblems were everywhere. Buildings and pictures were designed to be read like books.  Everything stood for something else.; if you had the right dictionary you could read Nature itself.
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In a universe somewhat like our own, children are beginning to disappear from cities around England. For Lyra Belacqua, a half-wild orphan girl living at Jordan College, Oxford, the kidnappings are just another excuse for games, battles and tall stories - until her best friend Roger is reported missing. Vowing to rescue him, Lyra embarks upon a journey to the savage North, where physicists and theologians alike are conducting controversial research into the nature of something known only as 'Dust'. Apart from her friends the gyptians, her only guide is a curious golden instrument called an alethiometer. If she is to survive her ordeal, she will have to learn to interpret its cryptic and peculiar messages. 432
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Some books improve with age--the age of the reader, that is. Such is certainly the case with Philip Pullman's heroic, at times heart-wrenching novel, The Golden Compass, a story ostensibly for children but one perhaps even better appreciated by adults. The protagonist of this complex fantasy is young Lyra Belacqua, a precocious orphan growing up within the precincts of Oxford University. But it quickly becomes clear that Lyra's Oxford is not precisely like our own--nor is her world. For one thing, people there each have a personal daemon, the manifestation of their soul in animal form. For another, hers is a universe in which science, theology, and magic are closely allied:
As for what experimental theology was, Lyra had no more idea than the urchins. She had formed the notion that it was concerned with magic, with the movements of the stars and planets, with tiny particles of matter, but that was guesswork, really. Probably the stars had daemons just as humans did, and experimental theology involved talking to them.
Not that Lyra spends much time worrying about it; what she likes best is "clambering over the College roofs with Roger the kitchen boy who was her particular friend, to spit plum stones on the heads of passing Scholars or to hoot like owls outside a window where a tutorial was going on, or racing through the narrow streets, or stealing apples from the market, or waging war." But Lyra's carefree existence changes forever when she and her daemon, Pantalaimon, first prevent an assassination attempt against her uncle, the powerful Lord Asriel, and then overhear a secret discussion about a mysterious entity known as Dust. Soon she and Pan are swept up in a dangerous game involving disappearing children, a beautiful woman with a golden monkey daemon, a trip to the far north, and a set of allies ranging from "gyptians" to witches to an armor-clad polar bear.

In The Golden Compass, Philip Pullman has written a masterpiece that transcends genre. It is a children's book that will appeal to adults, a fantasy novel that will charm even the most hardened realist. Best of all, the author doesn't speak down to his audience, nor does he pull his punches; there is genuine terror in this book, and heartbreak, betrayal, and loss. There is also love, loyalty, and an abiding morality that infuses the story but never overwhelms it. This is one of those rare novels that one wishes would never end. Fortunately, its sequel, The Subtle Knife, will help put off that inevitability for a while longer. --Alix Wilber

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Accompanied by her daemon, Lyra Belacqua sets out to prevent her best friend and other kidnapped children from becoming the subject of gruesome experiments in the Far North.

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