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The Amber Spyglass (2000)

by Philip Pullman

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Series: His Dark Materials (3)

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Lyra and Will find themselves at the center of a battle between the forces of the Authority and those gathered by Lyra's father, Lord Asriel.
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This review contains my reflections of the trilogy.

At last, I found you, an alternative adventure book to theopathetic Narnia, with wise and beautiful witches, female scientists and horrifying mothers.

I enjoyed travelling with Lyra, although sometimes it was a challenge for my suspension of disbelief.
How on earth 11-12 years old children come to understand the finiteness of feelings, even love?! Gives me shivers reading how Lyra makes notion, that somewhere in the future she and Will can possibly stop loving each other and find someone else. I've never met anyone so conscious in their 12 years.
I have mixed feelings about Will, because his story appearance chickified Lyra, but mild Lyra didn't make Will a main character -- what a waste of storytime and a good character.
  pythonesque | Jul 31, 2022 |
This is a review of the whole His Dark Materials trilogy.

Highly enjoyable. It's fantasy set mostly in alternate universes. The worlds Pullman creates are very rich and creative. The books do present an alternate view of religion and religious issues that some might find disturbing, but which I find interesting. However, it is not so much the alternate truth itself which I find interesting, but the way the books question the way people take religious ideas for granted when it is so easy to build belief systems that are at least as consistent with reality that completely contradict established religions.

The thing that annoyed me most about the books was the ending of the second one. It was a dramatic, on the edge of your seat cliffhanger that failed to resolve the main story of that book. I hate endings like that. I much prefer it when a book in a series has a primary story that is resolved, but in that resolution encourages the reader to read the next book. The first book in the trilogy did this; it resolved the story, but in resolving that story set the stage for the fulfillment of subplots that had been hanging around for most of the book.
  eri_kars | Jul 10, 2022 |
Dolgok, amire igényt tartok a trilógia elolvasása után:
1.) Egy páncélos jegesmedvére. Most merje átrúgni a szomszéd gyereke a labdát!
2.) Egy daimónra. Cuki legyen és szőrös, ha kérhetem.
3.) Mulefa szomszédságra.
4.) Jöhet az aletiométer is, politológusoknak jó pénzért bérbe adom.
5.) És hát akkor már a Titokzatos Kést is hoci, átjárókat vágok majd vele azokba az univerzumokba, ahol per pillanat olcsóbb a koktélparadicsom.

Mondták itt páran, hogy ez egy ateista könyv. Nem tudom. Viszont nem olvastam olyan könyvet, ami következetesebben támadná a tekintélyt minden formáját. És igen, ennek hozadéka, hogy támadja a vallási tekintélyt is: az egyházakat, Istent, no meg szószólóit. Meg merem kockáztatni, az egész egyetlen markáns etikai alaptételre épül: hogy az egyén egyedül, szabad individuumként felel döntéseiért, ha pedig ezt a felelősséget áttolja egy magasabb szintre, az katasztrofális következményekkel járhat. Hangsúlyozom: a szerző nem csak azt állítja ezzel, hogy felsőbb hatalom nélkül is lehetséges jó erkölcsi döntést hozni, hanem hogy kábé csak így lehet. Én azt gondolom, ez a szemlélet összeegyeztethető a kereszténységgel, de tény, Pullmannak esze ágában sincs összeegyeztetni, úgyhogy ha valaki a Magasságost nem akarja reszketeg, demens vén fószerként látni, az ne olvassa el a könyvet. Továbbá - félhivatalosan - gondolom még azt is, hogy ez a megközelítés teszi e sorozatot tökéletes ifjúsági irodalommá (a számos remek ötlet mellett, természetesen). Mert mi is lenne csábítóbb egy kiskamasznak, mint azt hallani, hogy a tekintély sucks, és igazából nem apád, anyád, Istened döntik el, milyen sors vár rád, hanem te. Mert te tudod megmenteni a világot, nem ők.

Azért egy kis feketeleves muszáj jöjjön a végére. Mert nálam sajnos a záró kötet a trilógia leggyengébb része. Pullman túl sokat akar beletömködni a kötetbe, ami ertől helyenként kapkodóvá, zűrzavarossá válik*. A mulefák világa persze pazar, de a túrázás a halottak földjén, vagy a végső eposzi összecsapás hiányérzetet hagyott bennem. Talán bölcsebb lett volna, ha az egészet szérszedi a szerző két kötetre, és még szöszöl velük egy kicsit. Azért ettől függetlenül nagy élmény volt a sorozat, és a mondanivaló filozófiai súlya mindenképpen kiemeli a mezőnyből. Olyan volt a végéhez közeledni, mint amikor az ember élete legjobb nyári táborában van, és tudja, holnap mehet vissza a szottyos mezővárosába, unatkozni. Fáj neki, hogy nem tart örökké, de abban bízhat, az élmény már az övé, azt nem veszi el senki.

* SPOILER! A hárpiák pálfordulása például bántóan hiteltelen és logikailag sem konzisztens. Pedig ha a szerző több időt tesz bele, jobban előkészíti, baromi jól meg lehetett volna csinálni. ( )
  Kuszma | Jul 2, 2022 |
I am awarding five stars for the series as a whole. How marvelous this all is, such inventive ideas. There were a few places I thought the book could go- dark, ending with the destruction of the world, and just a last glimmer of the future in Will and Lyra. Or it could have gone full-on biblical, with Adam and Eve, er, I mean, Will and Lyra starting the world anew.

Instead, it seems that Pullman got tired of his story about three quarters of the way through the last book, because it all wraps up quickly and unsatisfyingly. What happened to the spectres? What happened to the fortress and everyone around it? How is Lyra Eve? What happened to the Authority?

I am full of criticism, but...when it's good, it is SO good. I think Pullman should rewrite the Amber Spyglass. Do it right this time. ( )
  AlainaZ | Jun 5, 2022 |
The final volume in this trilogy. It's interesting to read outside your normal genres, and this has been an enjoyable ride. The juvenile protaganists suggest a teen audience, but there is plenty here for adults to appreciate and enjoy.
While the genre is fantasy - with witches and spectres (and armoured polar bears!) there are enough links back to the real world to make the whole thing "realistic". The Christian Church takes a thoughtful and well considered walloping. The fantasy elements are given a tenuous link to sub-atomic particles and quantum physics.
Overasll, an enjoyable and diverting read. ( )
  mbmackay | May 28, 2022 |
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And as the bumpy journey among these dark materials comes to an end, there is the most moving of scenes: all fantasy subdued and only human frailty revealed in the real world of Oxford's Botanic Garden.
 

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Pullman, Philipprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bailey, PeterIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bützow, HeleneTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bruno, FrancescoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rohmann, EricCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ströle, WolframÜbersetzersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Tiffert, ReinhardÜbersetzersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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O tell of His might, O sing of His grace,
Whose robe is the light, whose canopy space,
His chariots of wrath the deep thunderclouds form,
And dark is His path on the wings of the storm.

    Robert Grant, from Hymns Ancient and Modern.
O stars,
isn't it from you that the lover's desire for the face
of his beloved arises? Doesn't his secret insight
into her pure features come from pure constellations?

    Ranier Maria Rilke, The Third Elegy.
    From The Selected Poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke (transl. Stephen Michell)
Fine vapors escape from whatever is doing the living.
The night is cold and delicate and full of angels
Pounding down the living. The factories are all lit up,
The chime goes unheard.
We are together at last, though far apart.

    John Ashbery, The Ecclesiast.
    From River and Mountains.
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In a valley shaded with rhododendrons, close to the snow line, where a stream milky with melt-water splashed and where doves and linnets flew among the immense pines, lay a cave, half-hidden by the crag above and the stiff heavy leaves that clustered below.
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I used to be a nun, you see. I thought physics could be done to the glory of God, till I saw there wasn't any God at all and that physics was more interesting anyway. The Christian religion is a very powerful and convincing mistake, that's all.
“But there’s my mother. I’ve got to go back and look after her. I just left her with Mrs Cooper, and it’s not fair on either of them.”

“But it’s not fair on you to have to do that.”

“No,” he said, “but that’s a different sort of not fair. That’s just like an earthquake or a rainstorm. It might not be fair, but no one’s to blame. But if I just leave my mother with an old lady who isn’t very well herself, then that’s a different kind of not fair. That would be wrong.
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Lyra and Will find themselves at the center of a battle between the forces of the Authority and those gathered by Lyra's father, Lord Asriel.

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In the astonishing finale to the His Dark Materials trilogy, Lyra and Will are in unspeakable danger. With help from Iorek Byrnison the armored bear and two tiny Gallivespian spies, they must journey to a dank and gray-lit world where no living soul has ever gone. All the while, Dr. Mary Malone builds a magnificent Amber Spyglass. An assassin hunts her down, and Lord Asriel, with a troop of shining angels, fights his mighty rebellion, in a battle of strange allies—and shocking sacrifice.

As war rages and Dust drains from the sky, the fate of the living—and the dead—finally comes to depend on two children and the simple truth of one simple story.
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Heroine suffers.
But in the end it's only
Midi-chlorians.
(Noisy)

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