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"Everything is what it seems," says the title page of Galatea. This paradox sets the key for a haunting fantasy that will remain in the reader's mind long after he has turned the final page.

The novel's narrator is Martin Browning, a young musician. His wife, who is somehow involved in the arcane world of multi-national corporations, has mysteriously disappeared. Martin sea
Hardcover, 287 pages
Published January 1st 1979 by Dutton Books (first published 1976)
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Dan Fionte
Jul 08, 2012 Dan Fionte rated it it was amazing
I doubt many people who don't already know about this book will get to read it, as it has been out of print for quite some time. Since before I was born actually. It's 100+ on ebay/amazon because of this. However it is the first novel by the great Philip Pullman (creator the of His Dark Materials universe. It is also a novel targeting an adult audience, something he has done rarely (possibly only once) since this, as he found adults often didn't have the proper mindset to read his books as they ...more
Jan 06, 2016 Ping rated it really liked it
Very weird. Haunting. Quests for utopia (dystopia), magic realist journey, discoveries of alter universes of possibly Silicon Valley, LA, Las Vegas, transhumanist touches & eugenic impulses, surreal pilgrimage meets bits of horror, ...
Aug 22, 2015 Laurenletha rated it it was amazing
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I spent 4 years looking for this book and I finally found it thanks to a library that closed half way across the country. If you can get a copy of this book, I Highly recommend reading it.
Alexandra Lohman
This was an extremely surreal story.
Doug Messenger
Jan 22, 2014 Doug Messenger rated it it was amazing
Mesmerising, dreamlike, fantastical...
Feb 16, 2013 Wendy rated it liked it
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A cerebral allegory, much like Pullman's better known young adult trilogy.
Nov 10, 2008 Jess rated it it was amazing
Zombies, angels, lost love, this book is missing nothing!
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In 1946, acclaimed author Philip Pullman was born in Norwich, England, into a Protestant family. Although his beloved grandfather was an Anglican priest, Pullman became an atheist in his teenage years. He graduated from Exeter College in Oxford with a degree in English, and spent 23 years as a teacher while working on publishing 13 books and numerous short stories. Pullman has received many awards ...more
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“We all show false faces to the world, and a good thing too, for a hundred reasons. We should be consistent with our friends and lovers, so as not to be unkind. But if in your heart you are not kind, it's better to be false, to act kindly even if you don't feel it, because the deed is important and not the reason for it.
That kind of falsity is the triumph of our civilization.”
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