The Rough Guide to His Dark Materials
The Rough Guide to Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials explores the beguiling world of Philip Pullman's classic trilogy. The guide covers Pullman's inspiration from science and literature, including string theory, climate change and dark matter, Milton, Blake and fantasy fiction. The Story and characters are unraveled with insight into" "the key mysteries and events and ho...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published October 1st 2007 by Rough Guides Limited
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It's like those travel book that you read to make sure you don't miss a single thing on your holiday. But though I loved Pullman's book from the bottom of my heart, I never did have the urge to dig up other things connected to it. Unlike other books where it lead me to another book then another. I suppose there's someone out there who'll pick up this book and go through all the books mentioned in it. Turns out it won't be me.
This book offers a wealth of information on the sources Pullman uses in his trilogy and the roots for many of his ideas. It appears the author has been VERY upfront about all the borrowing he's done and is not striving to maintain any illusions or mystery about his stories. I do find that a bit refreshing and so it's interesting to learn the behind the scenes of this fantastical world. One thing I learned is there are TONS of books and online sites that are dedicated to this topic. Pullman loves...more
This book was useful as a reference tool in helping me prepare for my middle school book club discussion of The Golden Compass. I will probably thumb through it again before I watch the movie. Nothing too ground breaking is revealed but I did find myself compelled to read aloud certain sections to Jay, and I think he's now interested in combing through the text.
Feb 29, 2008 James M. Madsen, M.D. rated it 4 of 5 stars
What an easy-to-read wealth of information about Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials! This is a great reference and also a great book just to read cover to cover, once you've first read the trilogy.
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