To a large extent I agree. Northern Lights is not a subtle book, but Pullman isn't really a subtle writer, there's nothing subtle about Ruby in the Smoke or I was a Rat. On the other hand the story of the church abducting children, transporting them to another country and subjecting them to horrific abuse is a true story and needs to be told over and over again.
Where the books do become interesting is with the introduction of Will. The idea of the relationship between someone who cannot tell the truth and someone who will not lie is a fascinating one and one that is resolved very well indeed. Similarly the substitute parent figures of Ma Coster and Lee Scorsebee are used as good contrast to the indifference of Lyra's birth parents. That works very well.
The idea that you can see a person's soul and that you travel with your own death are very well presented.
So there's a lot of good concepts going on and the books are stimulating and have a lot more depth than the Narnia Chronicles. It can't be denied, however, the Pullman does fall into the CS Lewis trap of delivering some of the messages with all the subtlety of a brick in the ear and that far to many of his characters are like the two dimensional character grotesques that Lewis uses.
We are Mr Laurel and Mr Hardy and we endorse this posting!
Post by raspberrybullets on Oct 8, 2015 9:56:03 GMT
It's so interesting because I adore the third book. I really enjoyed the first as a really magical book, but it was the third that made me feel so good about life. I find it incredibly uplifting.
As for Narnia - I also had no idea about any christian connection. I read TLTWATW and whatever the one is where they take the ship to the end of the world. I liked the first, the second not so much so never was interested in reading more.
The sight filled the northern sky; the imensity of it was scarcely conceivable. As if from Heaven itself, great curtains of delicate light hung and trembled. Pale green and rose-pink, and as transparent as the most fragile fabric, and at the bottom edge a profound fiery crimson like the fires of Hell, they swung and shimmered loosely with more grace than the most skillful dancer. ~ Northern Lights