Philip Pullman ‘ s back on the world he created more than 20 years for His Dark materials was welcomed, eagerly, with joy of most critics.
The author of the new book, La Belle Sauvage, comes 17 years after the His Dark Materials trilogy ended.
It is well worth the wait, according to the Washington Post, while the Daily Telegraph gave it a five star rating.
The New York Times praised the “impressive performance”, but had some concerns, namely the novel, “it sometimes lags”.
La Belle Sauvage a decade, is set, before the Northern lights (titled the Golden compass in the USA), the first book of the His Dark Materials trilogy, which was released in 1995.
The trilogy, the heroine, Lyra, is a baby in the new book – it is in the care of nuns, and is protected by Malcolm, 11, lives in a nearby pub.
In Pullman’s alternate reality, Malcolm pulled to try in an underground resistance against a fascist religious organization that rules over an autocratic state.
The book takes its title from the name of the pub in a canoe – which Malcolm and Lyra use it to escape a flood, followed by a terrible villain, the Bonneville.
La Belle Sauvage is the first part of a new trilogy, The book of dust. Pullman has said that the next two installments will be set after His Dark materials.Lessons in writing from Philip Pullman
The Washington Post, Elizabeth Hand, said the 17 years gone “in a blink how to get to the exciting, enchanting first rate reads”.
“In the first half of the book of dust reads like a criminal,” she wrote. “The story is darker, the writing deeper and even more, if a catastrophic flood inundates southern England.”
Bonneville was “one of the most horrifying villains in contemporary literature,” and the new book felt “more earthbound – in the best way – as the previous trilogy”.
Hand added: “few things in our own world, are worth a 17 year wait: The book of dust is one of them.”
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Slate Katy Waldman was even more enthusiastic, the would say of people like the book “with the same helpless vehemence, that gripped you, The Golden compass came out in the mid-90s, or even, when they met their Partner or holding their newborn children”.
You wrote: “I absorbed La Belle Sauvage in an intense, intemperate outbursts of joy, of terror, of pain and of love.
“Part of that increased experience is related to the electric emotional content, the treated Pullman so sent; part of it is his sure command of centuries, the resonance of English poetry and philosophy.””Dark and mysterious”
The Telegraph, Sam Leith was a “slight question mark over the book for” because “is pretty childish and the very adult share space on their pages”.
Leith added: “In the foreground, a simple adventure story is also a little bit of trad, one of Five friends get In trouble In A theocracy kind of thing, or perhaps dust, William – the great pace and interest.
“But his swallows and Amazons-qualities as it goes on, rubbing overall, a little darker and more mysterious.”
In The New York Times, Sarah Lyall, said her glance, the new book quite live up to the original trilogy may have been colored by “incredibly high expectations”.
And she hoped Pullman was “to wait for his time and laid the Foundation for what is yet to come”.
You wrote: “It is an impressive achievement, which has created the Pullman universe, and to continue to build on. What remains is to sit tight and wait for the next credit tranche.”
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