Set in a parallel universe, it features the journey of lyra belacqua to the arctic in search of her missing friend, roger parslow, and her imprisoned uncle, lord asriel, who has been conducting experiments with a mysterious. Unfortunately for new line, the golden compass is also a deceptively tricky book, using the trappings of childrens fantasy to deliver an antichristian allegory in. He tells farder coram that a man named lord boreal is involved in the gobblers work and that the children have been taken to the arctic region known as lapland. It is incredibly wellwritten and a real treat for the imagination. In talks and articles, pullman has often pitted his own books, with their antichurch. Under that title it has been adapted as a 2007 feature film by hollywood and as a companion video game.
The golden compass, book one of the his dark materials trilogy, follows lyra belacqua as she undertakes a harrowing journey. Northern lights is a youngadult fantasy novel by philip pullman, published in 1995 by. His dark materials is a trilogy of fantasy novels by philip pullman consisting of northern lights 1995 published as the golden compass in north america, the subtle knife 1997, and the amber spyglass 2000. The age range reflects readability and not necessarily content appropriateness. An overview and plot summary of the golden compass by philip pullman. The second volume is set partly in the world we know. But id still highly recommend the golden compass no matter what age you are.
As always, pullman is a master at combining impeccable. Northern lights known as the golden compass in north america and some other countries is the first book of his dark materials trilogy. Parents choice online the golden compass is one of the best fantasyadventure stories that i have read in years. The movie is based on the book northern lights also known as the golden compass, the first novel in philip pullmans trilogy his dark materials the cast includes dakota blue richards, nicole kidman, ian mckellen, christopher lee, daniel craig, ian mcshane, and sam. Northern lights is the first book of the trilogy, his dark materials 1995 to 2000. This study guide consists of approximately 67 pages of chapter summaries, quotes, character analysis, themes, and more everything you need to sharpen your knowledge of the golden compass.
When her best friend roger is kidnapped by the evil gobblers, lyra promises to rescue him. The golden compass is a great book in which a girl named lyra, who has lived at jordan college in oxford most of her life, goes to live with her mother, who she doesnt know is her mother, not to mention she isnt supposed to be with her. Coulter and the jordans vicechancellor secretly gives her a magic golden compass capable of revealing the truth. It is a great way to read the three stories especially if you like graphic novels. Lyra is an orphan whose parents were killed when she was very young. Set in an alternate london, lyra is an orphan and warded with one of oxfords colleges. Bestselling classic picture books that will bring back memories. Sure, its a book written for young adults that features comingofage themes, but it also tackles really big questions about religion, power, and authority. It takes place in a parallel universe where lyra belacqua is searching the arctic for a friend, roger parslow, who has gone missing.
Written and directed by chris weitz, it stars nicole kidman, dakota blue richards, daniel craig, sam elliott, eva green, and ian mckellen. In the golden compass, readers meet for the first time 11yearold lyra belacqua, a precocious orphan growing up within the precincts of jordan college in oxford, england. His dark materials book one the golden compass philip pullman a knopf papeperback alfred a. The novel begins in an alternate world that is similar to earth. What the short summary of the golden compass answers. Film is a column comparing books to the film adaptations they spawn, often discussing them on a plot pointby plot point basis. Philip pullman has said, miltons angels are not seriously meant to be believed beings with wings and halos and white robes. The golden compass is the first book of the dust series by philip pullman. Lyra sets out for the top of the world in search of her kidnapped playmate, roger, bearing a rare truthtelling instrument, the compass of the title. A summary of the golden compass in philip pullmans his dark materials. She is elevenyearsold and living in oxford when we first meet her. Terry brooks, author of the sword of shannara as always, pullman is a master at combining impeccable characterizations and seamless plotting, maintaining a crackling pace to create. The audiobook is set in a world dominated by an international theocracy, the magisterium also commonly called the church, which actively.
The golden compass by philip pullman, read by philip pullman, full cast by prh audio from desktop or your mobile device. Northern lights titled the golden compass in north america and some other countries is a youngadult fantasy novel by philip pullman, published in 1995 by scholastic uk. The golden compass, the subtle knife, and the amber spyglass are available together in a collectible his dark materials boxed set perfect for any fan or newcomer to this modern fantasy classic series that has graced the new york times, wall street journal, san francisco chronicle, book sense, and publishers weekly bestseller lists. The conflict in the golden compass is simple, it is a. His dark materials is a trilogy of fantasy novels by philip pullman consisting of northern lights. The second volume is set partly in the universe we know. Lyra belacqua, a young girl who has been given shelter by the. Book reflection for the golden compass what is the main sequence of actions in the story. The golden compassnorthern lights by philip pullman. The depth of the protagonists character lyra is amazing she is fierce in the courage of her convictions, loyal to her friends and is appreciative of the kindness of strangers. The golden compass is the first book in the trilogy his dark materials, which gets its name from a passage in john miltons paradise lost, quoted at the beginning of the novel. Thus, the movie contains too many boring, didactic speeches and too many scenes where the expository dialogue doesnt move along the plot. Nov 27, 2007 the golden compass is set in a retrofuturist version of the real world. In this section the hero basically lives in a normalordinary world as everyone else.
The golden compass is a blatant attempt to duplicate the success of the harry potter franchise. Meet our protagonist, lyra, and her daemon pantalaimon the shapeshifting animal that is her soul, or pan for short. In the morning, just before lyras departure, the master comes to lyras little upper room in college and gives her a strange golden instrument called an alethiometer, or golden compass. When the book opens, lord asriel has returned from the north, where he has been conducting experiments involving something called dust. The first volume is set in a universe like ours, but different in many ways. They live at oxford universitys jordan college, among scholars and other brainytypes. The golden compass forms the first part of a story in three volumes. The golden compass is a fantasy movie, which was released on december 5, 2007 by new line cinema. The golden compass read online free by philip pullman. The golden compass graphic novel, complete edition by. The main character in the golden compass is the young orphan girl. The golden compass philip pullman, author alfred a.
When lord asriel himself appears, lyra shows herself and warns him. She is invited to go to the north with the influent mrs. Best baby shower books to gift for storytime snuggles. I also admired how the golden compass took its mostinteresting invention from cute character detail to fundamental plot driver. If we just evaluated the golden compass on artistic merit, it would be the script, not the just the production values, that would be worth an essay on bad filmmaking and bad scriptwriting. Mysterious cosmic particles that are integral to the plot. The first book in philip pullmans his dark materials trilogy introduces us to the series heroine, a 12yearold girl named lyra.
Set in a parallel universe, it features the journey of lyra belacqua to the arctic in search of her missing friend, roger parslow, and her imprisoned uncle, lord asriel, who has been conducting experiments with a mysterious substance known as dust. The golden compass published as the northern lights in the uk is the first volume of pullmans his dark materials trilogy. She runs away after she finds out this nice lady is really a gobbler. Coulter to london and temporarily forgets all about roger. The main character, lyra, and her daemon, pantalaimon pan save the life of her uncle, lord asriel. However, when lyra overhears scholars discussing a plot against her uncle, lord asriel daniel craig, centering a mysterious substance called dust, her curiosity is roused. The golden compass northern lights study guide consists of approx. When her adventurous uncle, lord asriel comes to visit, she uncovers a plot by the headmaster to poison lord asriel. The golden compass summary from litcharts the creators. The golden compass audiobook also know as northern lights audiobook in the uk is a youngadult fantasy novel by philip pullman and the first book of the his dark materials audiobook trilogy. The only thing missing is richly imagined characters, a comprehensible story line, good acting, and. The golden compass plot, setting, and conflict flashcards. Pullman wrote the his dark materials series the golden compass, the subtle knife, and the amber spyglass with the intention of creating an inverse retelling of john miltons epic poem paradise lost, targeted at children and teens. The book made it perfectly clear that philip pullman had a specific.
With ioan gruffudd, dakota blue richards, tim curry, juliet stevenson. The game was published on all platforms by sega, and was released in europe in november 2007 except the psp and windows versions, which were. The golden compass a book report kind of suzanne m. Knopf published the first us edition april 1996, entitled the golden compass. Dec 24, 2008 the creators of the movie the golden compass actually did a very good job of sticking to the book. The golden compass is a 2007 actionadventure puzzle video game developed by shiny entertainment for playstation 2, playstation 3, playstation portable, wii, xbox 360 and microsoft windows, and by a2m for nintendo ds. When she does this, she sees her uncles drink get poisoned. I love magical realism and there are plenty of fairytale elements in the golden compass. Winner of the carnegie medal in 1996, the novel has been adapted into a hollywood feature film, released in 2007 as the golden compass along with an accompanying video game. Lights the golden compass in its list of the 100 best young adult books of all time. The series is marketed as young adult fiction and has the corresponding young heroine and lack of sexual content, but it has a sophistication and dark edge thats uncommon in the genre.
Describe the setting5 main characters and their descriptions. Read the golden compass absolutely for free at readanybook. This hero also posses some type of ability or characteristic that makes them feel out of place. The golden compass by philip pullman lesson plans and teaching resources the golden compass by philip pullman summary, 11 discussion questions, and activity suggestions. It is a masterwork of fantasy and storytelling that. The ending isnt wholly satisfying on its own, serving more as a leadin to book two than a wrapup of book one. Coulter is all charm and grace, her daemon, a nasty little golden monkey, reveals that there is something sinister about her. He tells her that it is capable of telling the truth, but he cant tell her much about how it works. The conflict in the golden compass is simple, it is a battle between good and evil, with the fate of the.
Unlock the astonishing truths and hidden meanings inside the pages of philip pullmans the golden compass, the bestselling fantasy novel that has captured the imagination of millions worldwide. This cutting edge film examines the secret codes and symbols of lyras world a parallel universe where each person is guided by their animal daemon. As part of my 100 greatest childrens book challenge i read the golden compass by philip pullman last week. I remember stalking bookstores and looking for the sequels to come out a time before amazon and goodreads. The question and answer section for the golden compass is a great resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel. Phillip pullman really captivated my attention with his mythical creatures known a daemons and with his vivid details on things. Both the trilogy and the film adaptation have faced controversy, as some critics assert that the story presents a negative portrayal of organized religion and religion in. The story itself was three stars for me because it was the graphics that were really the icing on the cake, making it four stars.
The golden compass is a 2007 fantasy adventure film based on northern lights, the first novel in philip pullmans trilogy his dark materials. Philip pullmans the golden compass is a fantastic modern novel, at the same level as tolkiens lord of the rings and hobbit books. This first science fictionfantasy book in the his dark materials series by philip pullman is published by knopf books for young readers, an imprint of random house childrens books. Lyra belacqua is one of the main characters and protagonists in the novel, the golden compass. It springs from the same british world of quasiphilosophical magic, but creates more complex villains and poses more intriguing questions.
After i read the golden compass it instantly became my all time favorite book. The first book in a planned trilogy, philip pullmans the golden compass is stunningly original, beautifully crafted, and thrillingly told. It follows the coming of age of two children, lyra belacqua and will parry, as they wander through a series of parallel universes. The golden compass is one of those books that doesnt fit into any one genre. Nailbiting, violent fantasy has elements of mystery. There is not much that is different, except for a few things that had to be changed to keep the movie from getting too lengthy. The golden compass was my gateway book into fantasy. The book is really descriptive and has the perfect balance between whats real and whats magic. Golden compass author on the nature and meaning of dust. Soon lyra is in over her head as she uncovers a frightening plot and a whole new world of possibilities. The golden compass is a novel i would recommend to children or young adults. The book is of course more detailed, but the movie still gets its point across very well. Philip pullmans young adult fantasy novel the golden compass was originally published in the united kingdom in 1995 under the title northern lights.
The novels protagonist is lyra belacqua, a 12yearold girl raised by scholars at oxford university in england. Emails have circulating about its atheistic origins, cautioning christian parents not to let their children see the movie. But what could have possibly gone wrong with an adaptation of a childrens book about a plot to murder god, set in a world. Before i go into the depths of character and plot, let me start by saying this book is up there. A conversation between the golden compass author philip pullman and donna freitas author of killing the imposter god on the meaning and nature of dust in the his dark materials trilogy. The first volume is set in a world like ours, but different in many ways. Plot summary the golden compass takes place in a parallel world where human souls are embodied with animals called daemons. Retell the story first, curios lyra of jordan college sneaks into the retiring room, where only the master and the scholars are allowed. The golden compass the golden compass by philip pullman, both a book and recently released movie, has gotten a lot of attention in the last couple of months.
Main character lyra belacqua, a young girl sheltered by the scholars at jordan college, oxford university, and her daemon, pantalaimon, external forms of her souls, hide in an offlimits headmasters wardrobe. His dark materials 1 lyra is a servant at jordan college in oxford. Although the golden compass has gone down in the history books as a. The golden compass is a darker, deeper fantasy epic than the rings trilogy, the chronicles of narnia or the potter films. Print word pdf take our free the golden compass quiz below, with 25 multiple choice questions that help you. For the film based on the novel, see the golden compass film. They believe the wine was spilled on purpose because lord asriel knew it was poisoned. Queenofscots in the beginning of the story she is just a little girl with no parents who is pretty wild, but at the end she becomes a braver and wiser person, amore in the beginning of the story she is just a little girl with no parents who is pretty wild, but at the end she becomes a braver and wiser person, a heroine who fights for everything good and honest and i think that may be a. Not long after the roping, an injured gyptian spy returns from a reconnaissance mission. Audio book sample courtesy of penguin random house audio. This graphic novel brings the golden compass, the subtle knife, and the amber spyglass together in one volume. Let me just start off by saying that this post isnt really about the plot or characters from the golden compass, so its not really a very good book report. As a christian educator intent on teaching students how to approach literature and film from a christian worldview i suggest that this.946 612 1188 1121 1085 418 465 830 316 1009 991 1019 1471 1335 1412 966 875 43 150 521 150 888 253 1018 457 839 1095 1482 1320 798 657 1008 1354 87 1109 646 362 672 1006 520 380 1416 648 1376 1405 431