Overview / 简介:
|There are worlds beyond our own--the Compass will show the way . . .|
Created especially with younger readers in mind, this book will use simple words and basic sentence structure to introduce the characters of the story.
Foreign Customer Review / 国外客户评价:
|I must admit all the religious resistance to this book series made me march right out to the bookstore and purchase it. This first book in the series outlines the rise to crisis which opens the 2nd book. This is an excellent tale of deception, destiny, love, and courage. Lyra's world is fascinating, full of wispy witches impervious to cold, crazy cliff-dwelling demon creatures, and further still absolutely mad adults.
My favorite part of the book is his notion of what it would be like to have your spirit live outside of you. In this case, men usually have female spirits, and women have male spirits. And much like Native American tradition, the spirits appear in a talking animal form. The love people have with their spirits is incredible. I think the author makes a huge point about "spirit" in general, especially when he shows us what happens to people when their spirits are damaged or missing. One of the most important crisis in the books is the separation of humans from their spirits.
Why is that interesting to me? I think we are on the verge of a very similar situation with the advance of computing and modelling "consciousness" with microporcessors and huge memory cores. We now have stuffed animals who can interface over infrared or USB ports and be programmed wtih a child's name, likes, dislikes, etc. These "beings" can even learn verbally now, as we have crossed the threshold into talking to machines on the phone. I cannot be the only one to find it extremely disconcerting when contacting my bank and having a disembodied voice say "I didn't recognize your response." I believe this is an allegory of the impending future where technology and biology blurr into a big mess, where the boundaries of spirit, consciousness, and humanity will become very confused, and various factions will come to blows about whose "belief system" will dominate the "new order."
For the Sci-fi and Fantasy fans who think about such things this is an excellent book. For younger readers, the action sequences and more emotional content will be the main focus, but as adults, they both will come into play in the enjoyment of the book. I highly recommend it. Allow Lyra's world to stimulate thoughts of what it means to have a spirit (without the religious dogma), and how is that a part of our lives. Very interesting...
Also, this is just a tiny glimpse of the thoughts that occured to me personally. Other readers with different backgrounds, tastes, and intelligence will undoubtedly uncover a lot more than I have. I think that truly is the mark of excellence. In many ways I think this takes me much farther than Tolkein's work ever could because it seems so much more applicable to the world as it stands right now. Also, if you have any interest in quantum physics, Pulman uses this new knowledge and applies it quite well to his "Dust" and "Dark Matter." I really think both he and physicists are on to something here.
Another fantastic point I have been arguing for years is that SCIENCE is a RELIGION. Please read the trilogy before becoming upset. I know it is controversial to say, but see it through the author's eyes for a bit. I believe he would totally agree and I see it in his 2nd book, where he contrasts "our world" with Lyra's. This is truly a fascinating look at ourselves and what we take for granted on a daily basis.|
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