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The Magical Worlds of Philip Pullman

3.58  ·  Rating Details  ·  48 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
Enter the realm of His Dark Materials-soon to be a major motion picture starring Nicole Kidman and Daniel Craig.
After exploring the worlds of Harry Potter, The Lord of the Rings, and Narnia, David Colbert turns to Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy. From the philosophy of William Blake and John Milton's poem Paradise Lost to quantum physics and the Bible, this boo
Paperback, 176 pages
Published April 4th 2006 by Berkley Trade
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Dec 13, 2007 Dana rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of the His Dark Materials trilogy
Interesting guide. Even Pullman likes it. Delves into the themes behind the novels but never talks down to the reader. It really helped me flesh out what I learned/was feeling after reading the novels. There is interesting information here about William Blake, John Milton, Paradise Lost, the ideas of heaven and hell, the underworld, and what happens when we die, among others. Definitely recommended to those who liked the trilogy. If you tried Pullman's guide to Harry Potter, don't let that one s ...more
Pam Baddeley
A quick read which expands on some of the ideas behind His Dark Materials. I was aware of some of it already, such as Paradise Lost, but was not aware that some characters were patterned on 16th century philosophers etc.

Layout of the book is odd, with mini articles inserted on grey paper into the main narrative, though I don't mind the sidebar notes.

For me, the book didn't go far enough as I had a number of problems with HTM such as why should Lyra and Will having a sexual relationship magicall
Jun 04, 2011 Heather rated it really liked it
This is a great overview of Pullman's philosophy and influences for His Dark Materials trilogy. In many ways, it clarifies themes and ideas that are important to Pullman who was raised in a Christian family but now considers himself to be an Atheist. One of the primary ideas that Pullman wants to express in HDM, is the concept of spiritual and physical realms not being separated but, rather, being united. That the physical is not base or less important than the spiritual, and that nature is natu ...more
Nov 27, 2014 Melissa rated it really liked it
A fascinating collection of tidbits explaining the sources and inspiration of Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy. Much of it was already familiar to me, as I researched this topic myself several years ago, but just as much was new or contained more detail than I had previously known. I really enjoyed this book overall but didn't like how it was organized, with some interlude-like sections on gray pages breaking the flow of the main narrative.
Aug 22, 2007 Flint rated it liked it
Recommends it for: secular parents, young readers who want a gate way to some English classics
Simply written and a fast read (particularly if you are familiar with the material). Obviously a formula book similar to the other "The Magical Worlds" series. Still, it's a decent overview of the many English classical elements that Pullman draw from in "His Dark Materials". This clearly lays out the inspiration Pullman has from Milton, Blake, Byron, Shelley, Plato, Dante, as well as Christianity and Gnosticism.
Dec 09, 2009 Kim rated it liked it
Shelves: 2009, non-fiction
Interesting look into Pullman's influences in the His Dark Materials trilogy. I wish I had read directly after reading the series, however, as I know I missed a lot of the parallels. I will definitely read this book again the next time I read the His Dark Materials Trilogy (which I love).
Sep 16, 2009 Eden rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. There was so much information in it and it wasn't very long, you can read through it pretty quickly. It was very interesting to see where Philip Pullman got some of his ideas from.
Aaron Ferrucci
I think I won't finish this one. It provides some interesting insight into Pullman's books, but feels too much like the "young adult fiction" that the His Dark Materials series is labeled as.
Jan 19, 2011 Alex rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's ok. Not the most interesting book ever, and it will take a while to read.
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