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The Golden Compass
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The Golden Compass


Here lives an orphaned ward named Lyra Belacqua, whose carefree life among the scholars at Oxford's Jordan College is shattered by the arrival of two powerful visitors. First, her fearsome uncle, Lord Asriel, appears with evidence of mystery and danger in the far North, including photographs of a mysterious celestial phenomenon called Dust and the dim outline of a city suspended in the Aurora Borealis that he suspects is part of an alternate universe. He leaves Lyra in the care of Mrs. Coulter, an enigmatic scholar and explorer who offers to give Lyra the attention her uncle has long refused her. In this multilayered narrative, however, nothing is as it seems. Lyra sets out for the top of the world in search of her kidnapped playmate, Roger, bearing a rare truth-telling instrument, the alethiometer. All around her children are disappearing—victims of so-called "Gobblers"—and being used as subjects in terrible experiments that separate humans from their daemons, creatures that reflect each person's inner being. And somehow, both Lord Asriel and Mrs. Coulter are involved.

Title:The Golden Compass
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:399 pages
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    The Golden Compass Reviews

  • Bookdragon Sean
    Nov 01, 2014

    This novel is an absolute work of pure genius, and is in my top ten reads of all time. Before I go into the depths of character and plot, let me start by saying this book is up there with other fantas...

  • Bright
    Dec 13, 2007

    the golden compass trilogy seems like a natural progression in christian literature. yes, it is christian literature, the same way the chronicles of narnia are. aslan is only a lion when the reader is...

  • Sean Gibson
    Oct 19, 2015

    I don’t love the Beatles.*Ducks as he is castigated by the seething masses*I also don’t love green vegetables, punches to the face, or going to the dentist, though I don’t think those revelatory...

  • Cait ? A Page with a View
    Sep 28, 2015

    I hadn't read this since elementary school and am so glad I took the time to come back to it! I don't know that it would be a full 5 stars if I just picked it up today, but we're going with 5 out of n...

  • James
    Jul 09, 2012

    I enjoyed the premise and theme of the book. Pullman created well thought out and memorable characters. It was a little too technical for me in regard to the depths of fantasy, i.e. I had to go back a...

  • Jessica ? ? Silverbow ? ? Rabid Reads
    Jun 19, 2012

    Once again, I didn't dislike this book for the usual reasons, and being the kind of person I am:You MUST know I'm a advocate for free thought, for going against the grain, for individuality vs. hive m...

  • notgettingenough
    May 13, 2010

    Later....A friend said to me today that if you read this book properly, it should make you a better person. I'd just earlier in the day been thinking pretty much the same thing. When I asked S. in wha...

  • Antonio
    Dec 10, 2013

    De alguna forma este libro empezó como una producción de Disney, en la segunda parte parecía más como de Nick o TNT y ya en la tercera parte ¡Wow! Esto se transformo en HBO. No sé si este libro ...

  • Darth J
    Apr 01, 2013

    I never added a review of this but I'm going to now. I'll admit that this one was a bit slow for me at parts (especially compared to the sequels) but what kept me reading was the fascination with the ...

  • Wendy Darling
    Sep 16, 2009

    Hello friends! We're reading THE GOLDEN COMPASS together throughout the next few weeks as part of our goal to read more classic YA/MG books this year. Please join us if you can!-- Discussion on blog: ...