STSH Page by Page - The Golden Compass
My intention with these Page by Page features is to read through the
book one chapter at a time commenting on specifics as I go along, sort
of like the literary version of a film commentary.
The subject of my first Page by Page will be Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials Book I - The Golden Compass
, originally published as Northern Lights
in the UK in 1995.
I loved this book like crazy from the moment I first cracked it open on
my 20th birthday in January 2008 and I can’t imagine a time in my
life when I still won’t love this book.
Though this should be pretty obvious, I feel it necessary to mention that these will contain SPOILERS!!
for those who have not yet read The Golden Compass
. In fact, if you've seen the film version of The Golden Compass
put out by New Line, THIS WILL STILL MAJORLY SPOIL THE BOOK FOR YOU!!
because New Line deleted last three chapters of the book from the film script, not to mention countless other subplots and details that will come as a pleasant (or not pleasant) surprise for those who have seen the film version first.
Additionally, in discussing The Golden Compass
, I may also mention plot points of the other two books in the His Dark Materials
trilogy, The Subtle Knife
, and The Amber Spyglass
. I will try to keep these mentions to a minimum and blacking out the spoilers I do mention as I know what its like to hold off on reading criticism of one book for fear of spoiling its sequels and I care about people being able to enjoy the books unspoiled.
I’ll be using the Laurel-Leaf Books 2007 US edition of The Golden Compass
for text citations.
Chapter 1 - The Decanter of Tokay
Chapter 2 - The Idea of North
Chapter 3 - Lyra's Jordan
Chapter 4 - The Alethiometer
Chapter 5 - The Cocktail Party
Chapter 6 - The Throwing Nets
Chapter 7 - John Faa
Chapter 8 - Frustration
Chapter 9 - The Spies
Chapter 10 - The Consul and the Bear
Chapter 11 - Armor
Chapter 12 - The Lost Boy
Chapter 13 - Fencing
Chapter 14 - Bolvangar Lights
Chapter 15 - The Dæmon Cages
Chapter 16 - The Silver Guillotine
Chapter 17 - The Witches
Chapter 18 - Fog and Ice
Chapter 19 - Captivity
Chapter 20 - Mortal Combat
Chapter 21 - Lord Asriel's Welcome
Chapter 22 - Betrayal
Chapter 23 - The Bridge to the Stars
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