Author: Mary Gribbin
Publisher: Hachette UK
Release Date: 2017-11-16
Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction
The amazing true science behind the fiction of His Dark Materials, ideal for fans of the original trilogy and The Book of Dust, with an introduction by Philip Pullman. Award-winning science writers Mary and John Gribbin reveal how the world of Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy (Northern Lights, The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass) is rooted in astonishing scientific truth. Drawing on string theory and spacetime, quantum physics and chaos theory, they answer fascinating questions such as: could parallel worlds like Will's and Lyra's really exist? How does the subtle knife cut through anything? Could there be a bomb like the one made with Lyra's hair? And, of course, what are the Dark Materials?
Author: Philip Pullman
Publisher: Random House
Release Date: 2015-11-20
Genre: Juvenile Fiction
Set against the dreaming spires of Jordan College and the dangerous wilderness of the frozen north, Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy offers an intoxicating blend of imagination, science, theology and adventure. This special collection features all three titles in the award-winning trilogy: Northern Lights, The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass. Northern Lights Lyra Belacqua lives half-wild and carefree among the scholars of Jordan College, with her daemon familiar always by her side. But the arrival of her fearsome uncle, Lord Asriel, draws her to the heart of a terrible struggle – a struggle born of Gobblers and stolen children, witch clans and armoured bears. The Subtle Knife Lyra finds herself in a shimmering, haunted otherworld – Cittàgazze, where soul-eating Spectres stalk the streets and wingbeats of distant angels sound against the sky. But she is not without allies: twelve-year-old Will Parry, fleeing for his life after taking another's, has also stumbled into this strange new realm. On a perilous journey from world to world, Lyra and Will uncover a deadly secret: an object of extraordinary and devastating power. And with every step, they move closer to an even greater threat – and the shattering truth of their own destiny. The Amber Spyglass Will and Lyra, whose fates are bound together by powers beyond their own worlds, have been violently separated. But they must find each other, for ahead of them lies the greatest war that has ever been – and a journey to a dark place from which no one has ever returned . . .
Uses a Christian perspective to interpret the popular trilogy, offering a look Pullman's life, an overview of the major dimensions of each book, and a critical evaluation of such major themes as sin and the death of God.
Author: Lois H. Gresh
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Release Date: 2007-10-30
Genre: Young Adult Nonfiction
His Dark Materials is one of the most popular, award-winning fantasies of all time, a bestselling trilogy hailed as "a modern classic" by The New York Times. Now, for the first time ever, Lois H. Gresh helps young readers examine Pullman's intricate universe with Exploring His Dark Materials, the ultimate companion guide. Gresh's fun, interactive book explores the complex science, religion, and fantastic elements of His Dark Materials in a way that's both informative and fun for younger readers. Exploring His Dark Materials is filled with sidebars, history, facts and an in-depth analysis of the books, answering questions like: *What are daemons? *Why is dust important to the series? * Is Dark Material real and how does it relate to our universe? * What are the origins of ghosts and shapeshifters? *And much more! Exploring His Dark Materials is a thrilling and essential guide for young adults to help them explore this fantastic and challenging fantasy world.
"Philip Pullman's epic trilogy remains controversial for its negative depiction of religion. Scholars from various literary, philosophical, and theatrical fields address topics relevant to reading, studying, understanding the work, and its basis in Milton's Paradise Lost; the influence of science fiction on the series; issues of social class, religion, sexuality, and gender; and recent stage productions"--Provided by publisher.
A UK and American bestseller, as well as the basis for a major film to be released in 2007, His Dark Materials trilogy is an unusual young adult series thanks to its richly imagined world, rigorously explored cosmology and unflinching confrontation of the modern answers to the Big Questions. Yeffeth helps readers find their way through Pullman's trilogy, from the streets of Lyra's Oxford to Dr. Malone's lab, from the republic of Heaven to the harpy-ruled pit of Hell.
Author: Leonard F. Wheat
Release Date: 2008
Genre: Literary Criticism
Wheat's intriguinginterpretation of Pullman's work is the first to point out the many allegorical features of His Dark Materialsand to highlight the ingenious ways in which Pullman subtly attacks religious institutions and superstitions.
Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy is a worldwide classic of modern literature for both children and adults. Challenging in its intellectual scope, ambitious scale and range of literary reference, it is also hugely controversial due to its critique of organised religion. This collection of original essays by an international team of distinguished scholars assesses Pullman's achievement and introduces readers to some of the key debates surrounding His Dark Materials. Covering topics such as religion, gender, childhood and scientific enquiry, the volume also discusses the Hollywood film of the first book and features a new interview with Pullman himself.
Philip Pullman’s epic fantasy series—His Dark Materials—chronicling the adventures of Lyra Silvertongue, her shapeshifting daemon Pantalaimon, and Will Parry on their multi-dimensional odyssey to save all of reality from the mysterious substance known as Dust, has captivated young and old readers alike. What makes Lyra a “Little Girl Lost”? What made Pullman think of Daemons? How was Pullman’s idea of Dust shaped by his life? Did Pullman write the books as a response to C.S. Lewis’s Narnia? The Magical Worlds of Philip Pullman takes his fans on a journey through the worlds of art, science, and religion that inspired Pullman to craft his saga. From the philosophy of William Blake and John Milton’s classic poem Paradise Lost to quantum physics and the Bible, discover the complex origins and controversial themes that have made Pullman’s trilogy a modern marvel in literature. This book was not authorized, prepared, approved, licensed, or endorsed by Philip Pullman, New Line Cinema, or any other individual or entity associated with His Dark Materials: The Golden Compass books or movie.
What do Philip Pullman and J.K. Rowling have in common that has made both of their stories so successful? What does Pullman listen to while he writes – and who, or what, is Dust? Pullman’s award-winning trilogy His Dark Materials has been appreciated by readers of all ages. It is now set to welcome new fans as it is adapted for television by the BBC in 2018, and the first part of his new trilogy, The Book of Dust, at last sees publication. Nicholas Tucker, a leading authority on children’s literature, writes about the man he knows as a friend. Unpacking and examining Pullman’s life and the sources he drew on for his masterpiece, he explores the world of science, theology, imagination and adventure that Pullman has created. Including a personal interview with Pullman himself, Darkness Visible offers a unique exploration of the author’s work – and its controversies. “Enigmas from His Dark Materials are unraveled... Unmissable for all Pullman readers" Sussex Express
Examination Thesis from the year 2007 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Literature, grade: 2,0, University of Tubingen, 27 entries in the bibliography, language: English, abstract: There is hardly any story about the origin of human beings that is as well-known as that of Adam and Eve. In every culture and religion legends exist of how mankind came into being, what our function on earth is, why we are mortal and where evil originates from. Hardly any story has had such an immense and lasting influence as the Christian story of the Fall of Man: every child knows the names of the first human beings, countless literary works refer to them, and numerous theories as to the intention of the story have been made. The text has been interpreted literally as well as allegorically, depending on the cultural, temporal and religious background of the interpreter, on the purpose (what they wanted to read out of the text) – and on the sex of the respective reader. Often enough, the story of the Fall served as a justification for discrimination of women and has thus become “the one that has been most generally abused” (Bal 2001: 149) – one starting point for scientists to engage in the origins, reasons, development, and actual status of misogyny. Starting with feminism, scientists have enlarged their field of work to gender relations in general. Today, we live in a place and time where women and men have equal rights, equal jobs and an equal social status. We think of social inequalities as happening either far away in place or long ago in time. We have the first female German Chancellor ever; a woman has the power to lead and represent our country. But still, a female Chancellor is unique and special in Germany. We find ourselves at the height of a debate about the sexes in society, in politics, and among scientists. The work of scientists and feminists has been going on and developing for the last three or four decades and is one of the reasons why today’s society is as equal as it is. This does not mean, however, that the only objective of the so-called gender studies is to bring about equality – on the contrary, even in apparently equal societies there is a lot more to examine than the status of women.
Exploring the origins of "His Dark Materials" back to the life of its creator, this resource also covers the creation of the trilogy, author Phillip Pullmans inspiration, response from reviewers, fans, and religious leaders, and a guide to the meaning of Pullmans alternate words.Rough Guide
Author: Donna Freitas
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Release Date: 2007-09-17
Genre: Literary Criticism
Argues that the popular trilogy by one of England's most outspoken atheists attains the status of a religious classic as it attempts to put an end to an antiquated and unimaginative understanding of God.