The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials Series #1) (20th Anniversary Edition)

The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials Series #1) (20th Anniversary Edition)

by Philip Pullman

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Overview

***COMING SOON! A NEW HBO SERIES, HIS DARK MATERIALS, BASED ON PULLMAN’S BOOKS***

The modern fantasy classic that Entertainment Weekly named an “All-Time Greatest Novel” and Newsweek hailed as a “Top 100 Book of All Time” is now available in a slipcased hardcover edition that includes a conversation with Lev Grossman, bestselling author of the Magicians trilogy. Fans, collectors, and new readers alike will appreciate this beautiful book that has been changing worlds for twenty years.


Lyra is rushing to the cold, far North, where witch clans and armored bears rule. North, where the Gobblers take the children they steal--including her friend Roger. North, where her fearsome uncle Asriel is trying to build a bridge to a parallel world.

Can one small girl make a difference in such great and terrible endeavors? This is Lyra: a savage, a schemer, a liar, and as fierce and true a champion as Roger or Asriel could want.

But what Lyra doesn't know is that to help one of them will be to betray the other...

A masterwork of storytelling and suspense, Philip Pullman's award-winning The Golden Compass is the first in the His Dark Materials series, which continues with The Subtle Knife, and The Amber Spyglass.

This edition includes:
* A gorgeous slipcase and new jacket art.
* A conversation between Philip Pullman and Lev Grossman, author of the Magicians trilogy, that covers the scope and tradition of fantasy literature, Pullman's influences, and the impact that the entire His Dark Materials series has had since publication.
* A letter from Philip Pullman to fans, marking the book's twentieth anniversary.

A #1 New York Times Bestseller
Winner of the Guardian Prize for Children's Fiction
Published in 40 Countries

"Arguably the best juvenile fantasy novel of the past twenty years." —The Washington Post

"Very grand indeed." —The New York Times

"Pullman is quite possibly a genius." —Newsweek 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101934661
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 09/22/2015
Series: His Dark Materials Series
Edition description: Anniversary
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 292,279
Product dimensions: 6.80(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.60(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

PHILIP PULLMAN is one of the most acclaimed writers working today. He is best known for the His Dark Materials trilogy (The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife, The Amber Spyglass), which has been named one of the top 100 novels of all time by Newsweek and one of the all-time greatest novels by Entertainment Weekly. He has also won many distinguished prizes, including the Carnegie Medal for The Golden Compass (and the reader-voted "Carnegie of Carnegies" for the best children's book of the past seventy years); the Whitbread (now Costa) Award for The Amber Spyglass; a Booker Prize long-list nomination (The Amber Spyglass); Parents' Choice Gold Awards (The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass); and the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, in honor of his body of work. In 2004, he was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire.
 
It has recently been announced that The Book of Dust, the much anticipated new book from Mr. Pullman, also set in the world of His Dark Materials, will be published as a major work in three parts, with the first part to arrive in October 2017.  
 
Philip Pullman is the author of many other much-lauded novels. Other volumes related to His Dark Materials: Lyra’s Oxford, Once Upon a Time in the North, and The Collectors. For younger readers: I Was a Rat!; Count Karlstein; Two Crafty Criminals; Spring-Heeled Jack, and The Scarecrow and His Servant. For older readers: the Sally Lockhart quartet: The Ruby in the Smoke, The Shadow in the North, The Tiger in the Well, and The Tin PrincessThe White Mercedes; and The Broken Bridge.
 
Philip Pullman lives in Oxford, England. To learn more, please visit philip-pullman.com and hisdarkmaterials.com. Or follow him on Twitter at @PhilipPullman.

Hometown:

Oxford, England

Date of Birth:

October 19, 1946

Place of Birth:

Norwich, England

Education:

Exeter College, Oxford University

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The Golden Compass (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1163 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First off, yes this is sold as a young adult novel. It really isnt though. It is actually a novel... young and old alike will like it. Second... where do i begin in saying how good it is? The world feels fully formed and the writing is breathtakingly good. The character are all well thought out and are multi dimensional. The plot has just the right amount of twists. And the story is incredible. Yes this book was written as "an atheist response to narnia"... but it goes so far beyond that as to become a fully fledged fantasy classic on its own merits. Give it a read - you will not regret it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Woah, woah, woah. Guess what. The golden compass, is FICTION. Evryone knows what that means, right? It is not real. Its just a story. It has absolutely nothing to do with God. Quit freaking out and saying you hate this book because your religious. If you dont like it because you think it attacks god, that doesnt mean it isnt a good story. Im christian, too, i understand, believe me. But all of you are overreacting. If you dont agree with it, leave it alone. Its not like one series will destroy your entire religion. Its not like its trying to prove god isnt real. Its just a fantasy. And all of you who dislike it because you think that just wont look past your church to see reality. Its obvious. Instead of making a hateful comment like the church tells you not to do, just read something else for god's sake.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Golden Compass is a thrilling book. I highly suggest reading it. This book leaves you hanging and craving for more of Pullmans brillance. Lyra and her deamon,Pan, captivate you in there world and you never want to leave. Pullman manages to suck you up in this book and make you never want to leave the adventure.
Les_Livres More than 1 year ago
"...I definitely stayed up way too late on some nights, just because I didn't want to put the book down, and I was a little sad when I finished it; it ends with a lot of action and mystery, and I look very forward to reading the second book in the trilogy so I can find out what happens next for Lyra and Pan, and see who, if any, of the other characters might also be around. If you've seen the movie, but have not yet read the book - read the book. Seriously. As much as I enjoy the movie, I was pleased to find out that the book has even more action and adventure, and more mystery as well! You're definitely cheating yourself if you haven't read this yet, and I wish I hadn't taken so long to get to it..." For full review, please visit me at Les Livres on Blogger: jaimeliredeslivres dot blogspot dot com
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book. Phillip Pullman is incredably original in all of his ideas. In my oppinion at least. I suggest this book to anyone who liked Ender's Game or Harry Potter, though they're not alot alike.
AnnieBM More than 1 year ago
I loved this book and then passed it on to my niece. A great adventure with great characters. The movie version was a disappointment except that the cast was well chosen. I also thought Pullman's presentation of a different understanding of the interface between religious and scientific understanding quite interesting and worth pondering. Highly recommended no matter at what level you read. I recommend Pullman's other books as well. Great series.
Patfs More than 1 year ago
The Golden Compass is a tangled web that has many problems that make you feel that this book should not have been a Fantasy book for children, but overall Philip Pullman was able to make a book that is able to shine through the problems that it has. The Golden Compass is about a young girl named Lyra and her Daemon Pan, (daemons are animals that are born with there human and there appearances are judged by the persons personality), but because Lyra is so young, Pan has no full form yet. Lyra is a young brunet haired girl who is content to cause problems for the scholars and servants, Lyra lives in a world were churches and scholars rule most of Europe and every person has a Daemon. I can relate to Lyra because she feels that she does not know her own past. Lyra also has a so called uncle called Lord Asriel (a powerful scholar who Lyra fears and respects) Lord Asriel is a powerful man who has many ties with Jordan college. Lord Asriel daemon is a snow lion, Lyra meets a young women named Mrs. Coutler who is a proud scornful women. Her daemon is a golden monkey who also has a short temper. The Golden Compass takes place in a parallel Europe, were the countries are controlled by churches and scholars. People in this world all have animals that are called daemons that are a part of them. This is very important! This story centers around Lyra who is very hyper and begins her quest to save her friend Hennery and find the truth. Unfortunately the author made a mistake with this book that was meant for children. In a later interview Philip Pullman stated that with this book he had killed God, and claims that the gobblers in this story are actually churches in the real world. This did make enjoy the book a little less when I learned of this. Still this book was made to be about truth, love, and courage I also learned from this book that everyone has his/her own problems and must fix them, the conclusion of this book leaves many things open to for the next story.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The other reviews pretty much lay out the storyline. But another angle that appeals so much to me is: 'Why do we do what we do?' Entertwined are the themes of family, love, religion, adventure and right/wrong; all presented from the point of view of a wonderfully resourceful heroine, in an amazing setting, described by the author in a way that makes you feel as if you ARE THERE. All ages will relate differently to this book, which I believe makes it destined to be one of the best reads ever. If you enjoy this book AT ALL -- please read the last two books in the trilogy: 'The Subtle Knife' and 'The Amber Spyglass'. AND THEN re-read 'The Goldan Compass' to finish tying up all the ends and thinking about all the intricacies!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I normally "hate" young adult novels due to flat characters, melodrama, and cookie-cutter writing. The Golden Compass is NONE of these things as is just as exciting for adults. The prose is beautiful, the characters are lively and loveable, and it raises many moral questions - not about "God vs Satan" as other reviewers have suggested, but ethical questions about love, choice, morality, freedom, and self responsibility. I was beyond disappointed when I finished this book - and the series - because the adventure was over. This book will make you laugh, cry, and everything in between.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is, at its most basic level, an incredibly rich story. But it is so much more than that; it truly is an intricate fabric woven of threads of philosophy, religion, physics, and fantasy. It is not an athiest's Bible. It merely is a story that calls into question things that should never simply be accepted. Religion is meaningless without some adversity and questioning. True faith is being faced with opposing views and remaining firm in your own. So read this outstanding book and look at it not as an assault on religion, but rather as a way to reaffirm your faith while stretching your mind.
Zoesbookreviews More than 1 year ago
The Golden Compass is a great book. I loved it so much because the idea of the compass. I think that sometimes having a daemon would be so cool. I really like Iorek Byrnison he is probably my favorite character. The Golden Compass is a wonderful book about a young girl named Lyra and her daemon Pantalaimon or for short Pan. Lyra is put in the care of a wonderful lady named Mrs. Coulter but then she finds the truth with a amored bear named Iorek. Lyra and Iorek must help every kid from a horrible thing. This book is a wonderful fantasy book with great characters, a wonderful plot and a twist.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is most def an odd book but once u get into it you cant put it down. Great series.
Peppercat More than 1 year ago
This book is fantastic and quite moving by itself, but it also serves as a gateway to the sequels (The Subtle Knife and the Amber Spyglass) which are by far richer and more complex. After reading this trilogy (quite a few years ago) I started reading other books by Pullman and he is now one of my favourite authors. I recently bought the deluxe version and look forward to reading them again. It's a must!
karann4077 More than 1 year ago
When this book was suggested to me, I was told it was written as a children's book. While I am sure that children would enjoy the story, I am not convinced that they would understand most of depth of the story (the part that makes it so good). For the adult reader, this series is very deep in that it discusses the government/church of Lyra's world and how much we should trust authority organizations. Lyra has to decide who she has to trust--the people who have been in her life forever or the people she meets on her journey whom her gut tells her to trust. You will need to read the other two books to fully appreciate the complexity and brillance of the story.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I decided to read this book after the movie (along with all it¿s controversy) came to theaters. What better way to judge a book than to read it for yourself? At first I didn¿t think I was going to like the book. It was okay, but it didn¿t pull me in from the start. I also found the beginning a bit confusing. In one aspect that works with the story as we view the story through Lyra¿s eyes, and she knows very little of the world outside of Oxford where she grew up. However, it took a long time for Pullman to explain what daemons are and the sort of laws or taboos that come with them. When he finally does describe them, we only get small bits at a time, so a complete picture isn¿t created until at least halfway through the book. I really began to enjoy the book from about the time Lyra meets an armored bear, Iorek Byrnison, to the end. That is where I began to feel connected to the characters and that drive to finish just so I could know what happened. That alone makes me want to read the rest of the series. As far as the controversy is concerned (I am aware that most of it stems from the third book), Pullman doesn¿t hide the fact that the Magisterium is essentially a branch of the Catholic Church. The Magisterium also conducts experiments on children which may also be open to controversy. Neither of these things bothered me when I read the book, but it might bother other people, so keep that in mind when deciding to read this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the worst book I've ever read!!!! If you know what's right or wrong you won't read this. Find something morally acceptable and good to read like The Lord of the Rings. How is this comparable to the Chronicles of Narnia? This book teaches you to do bad things. Luckily, I stopped reading this before it taught me to. If I were in The Lord of the Rings, this would be the Ring and I would be travelling thousands of miles just to destroy it! Don't read this!
ReadingKnitter01 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I liked the movie for the knitting (noew trying to replicate some of the clothing in the movie) and for conveying the feeling of Lyra's world. And I loved Sam Elliott and Yorik. But the movie is a pale and very brief summary of the book-whihc only improves upon re-reading. This is a true classic, addressing the most basic issues of personal freedom and responsibility. And the worlds that Pulllman creates are so ownderful and absorbing.
jfoster_sf on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Loved the book, but didn't like the audio version.
bramon on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This unabridged audio adaptation of The Golden Compass is flawless.
hpluver07 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book was really good. But don't go see the movie. It will spoil it
JeanneZ on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I listened to this on CD driving into work. It was one battle after another with no resolution. I could have never read this book.
essa868 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was difficult to get in to, but once you're involved, it's a great fantasy story. The most memorable feature are the daemons (almost like animal spirits) that are attached to each person.
runreadrepeat on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I am not sure what the big deal is all about. This was a pretty good fantasy novel about good vs. evil, but not as good as others I have read. I would recommend Garth Nix's Abhorsen trilogy before I recommend this novel. However, it is well written, and it may take reading the full series to really get the full effect. The audio is very well done. Especially for a full cast recording.
thughes11 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Golden Compass is an epic fantasy novel. It takes place in a similar world to our own. A striking difference is everyone¿s spirit is in animal called a daemon. Your daemon walks and talks outside your body. Your daemon also represents your personality. The main character in the novel is a girl named Lyra. Lyra is smart, strong willed and adventurous. The novel follows Lyra through a grand journey seeking the truth of the world. I really liked the Golden Compass because it proved itself to be more than just a fantasy children¿s book. The story had a deeper meaning anti-church theme. Throughout the novel it attacks religion and God. It was very interesting to read and see how an author could write a book that can be interpreted in two ways: a fun easy read for children, and an in-depth adult novel.
wang.1142 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Golden Compass is a good beginning to the trilogy but it lacks resolution. The beginning of the book is quite interesting and action-packed, mainly because readers are introduced to a different world with peculiar creatures, such as the daemons. I think the idea of having "daemons" being the equivalent of what our world would called a person's soul is very creative. Although, I can't help but think that there is a specific reason why Pullman chose the word "daemons" to represent our souls. Even though the children were saved at the end of the book, I did not feel that there was a real resolution to the book. Of course, The Golden Compass is only the first of the trilogy and its intent with the cliffhanger was to create suspense, but I still felt that the cliffhanger could be a lot more exciting, like the ending to The Subtle Knife was. The book may be easy to read but contains many profound ideals.