Cover of: The golden compass | Philip Pullman

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About the Book

The Golden Compass forms the first part of a story in three volumes. The first volume is set in a world like ours, but different in many ways. The second volume is set partly in the world we know. The third moves between many worlds. In The Golden Compass, readers meet for the first time 11-year-old Lyra Belacqua, a precocious orphan growing up within the precincts of Jordan College in Oxford, England. It quickly becomes clear that Lyra's Oxford is not precisely like our own -- nor is her world. In Lyra's world, everyone has a personal dæmon, a lifelong animal familiar. This is a world in which science, theology and magic are closely intertwined. These ideas are of little concern to Lyra, who at the outset of the story, spends most of her time with her friend Roger, a kitchen boy. Together, they share a carefree existence scampering across the roofs of the college, racing through the streets of Oxford, or waging war with the other children in town. But that life changes forever when Lyra and her dæmon, Pantalaimon, prevent an assassination attempt on her uncle, the powerful Lord Asriel, and then overhear a secret discussion about a mysterious entity known as Dust. It is at this time that children mysteriously began to disappear. Children, and only the children, are vanishing at the hands of what become known as the "Gobblers." Who the Gobblers are and what they want is unknown, but soon, children from far and wide are disappearing with out a trace, even Lyra's good friend, Roger. - Publisher.

About the Edition

Accompanied by her daemon, Lyra Belacqua sets out to prevent her best friend and other kidnapped children from becoming the subject of gruesome experiments in the Far North.

First Sentence

Lyra and her daemon moved through the darkening hall, taking care to keep to one side, out of sight of the kitchen.

Edition Notes

Prequel: Once upon a time in the North.
Sequel: The subtle knife.
"Movie photo inside!"
RL: 5.6.
009-012.
Carnegie Medal, 1995.

Series
His dark materials; bk. 1

Classifications

Library of Congress
PZ7.P968 Go 2007

The Physical Object

Pagination
399 p. ;
Number of pages
399

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL7521608M
Internet Archive
goldencompasshis00phil_1
ISBN 10
0440418321
ISBN 13
9780440418320
LC Control Number
2007276310
Library Thing
3261
Goodreads
312407

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