The Golden Compass

The Golden Compass

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.

Title:The Golden Compass
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780679879244
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About Philip Pullman

In 1946, acclaimed author Philip Pullman was born in Norwich, England, into a Protestant family. Although his beloved grandfather was an Anglican priest, Pullman became an atheist in his teenage years. He graduated from Exeter College in Oxford with a degree in English, and spent 23 years as a teacher while working on publishing 13 books and numerous short stories. Pullman has received many awards


    The Golden Compass Reviews

  • Jayson

    (B+) 78% | GoodNotes: A solid story and well written, but very much a children’s tale with one child going on a quest to save other children....

  • Bookdragon Sean

    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...

  • Hailey (HaileyinBookland)

    2.5*I never read this as a kid and maybe I would have enjoyed it more if I had, but it was just okay for me!...

  • Bright

    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

    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

    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

    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-no-more

    9/8/17:1. I cleared my rating. If that doesn't sufficiently refute the claim that I "just wanted" to give THE GOLDEN COMPASS 1.0 star, then you're irrational, and further discussion is pointless. 2. I...

  • Catriona (LittleBookOwl)

    Rating: 3.5 starsListened to this on audio, which was a lot of fun!...

  • notgettingenough

    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...