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La Belle Sauvage

by Philip Pullman

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Series: The Book of Dust (1)

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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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I loved His Dark Materials. It was my Harry Potter. When I heard Mr. Pullman was going back to this wonderful world I was both excited and nervous. Sometimes the return journey to a place you love in fiction doesn't always work out. There was nothing to worry about.

This was probably my favorite book since the Golden Compass. It was so good. Full of drama and action. Characters who felt real faced with crazy ethical choices. Pullman always makes me think. I also felt their was a touch of horror and humor mixed together. While the book is a prequel it is well with the price of admission. I loved this book and can't wait to read the next one. ( )
  cdaley | Nov 2, 2023 |
Seems to lose its way in an extended river scene that introduces a bunch of new characters who generally don't seem to last more than one chapter. Very much feels like part of a book ( )
  emmby | Oct 4, 2023 |
I...don't know. I might come back and give more points later. But His Dark Materials together are probably the most formative books in my life, and the bar might just be too high. Golden Compass was Just Another Fantasy novel when I read it, about the same time that Subtle Knife came out. But the six months between reading Golden Compass and Subtle Knife were very formative in my life (it was the transition from middle to high school) and so in many ways, reading Subtle Knife is deeply and fundamentally associated with starting to see symbolism in books, starting to ask existential questions about myself. Amber Spyglass was published just after my freshman year of college, and I read it multiple times back-to-back that summer, pondering the purposes of existence. Two years later, I saw each half of the stage production multiple times in the London National Theatre, and did the backstage tour twice. I have signatures of all of the actors. The altheiometer inset is framed on my wall, and it's not a coincidence that my avatar here is an altheiometer. HDM really formed who I am, how I interact with the world and how I read.

La Belle Sauvage, for now, at least, is Just Another Fantasy Novel. I have some specific concerns: the female characters have basically no agency (a major disappointment, after Lyra); the antediluvian portion of the novel really drags, with a few Whizbang!Fantasy moments but no real depth and the opportunity to use Daemons and worldbuilding to make the villain hair-raisingly creepy instead of just lazily using rape to signal moral corruption was passed over. But honestly, I could overlook all of those. My biggest disappointment was that there just wasn't much there there. I don't know if it's me -- that I'm older and less malleable by a book -- whether this book really is shallow, or whether it's set-building and the best is yet to come... ( )
  settingshadow | Aug 19, 2023 |
No sabía si volver a esta historia después de algunos meses me encontraría fuera de ritmo; sin embargo, la disfruté mucho y disfruté mucho saber de dónde viene Lyra y la aventura de Malcolm para ayudarla a sobrevivir. Me gustó reencontrarme con su padre y, aunque tuviera menos desarrollo su personaje, encontrarme con ese cariño por su hija me gustó. ( )
  uvejota | Jul 26, 2023 |
No. Not yet. I didn't want to be done yet. . . ( )
  judeprufrock | Jul 4, 2023 |
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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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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Pullman, Philipprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bützow, HeleneTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sanderson, TomCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sheen, MichaelNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Tierney, JimAuthor lettering on coversecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Wormell, ChrisIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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