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The Secret Commonwealth: The Book of Dust Volume Two: From the world of Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials - now a major BBC series (The book of dust, 2)

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La Belle Sauvage" pretty much copied the picaresque adventure template of the original novels, but married it to a narrative grafted from the Odyssey and began to hint at some decidedly darker themes and ideas. Our own refugee crises and confrontations with Islamic fundamentalism (here “the brotherhood of the holy purpose”) have their ready analogies in his fictional universe. Following a confusing experience in Prague with an experimental philosopher, Lyra travels east to Constantinople and then to Smyrna. The early part of his life was spent travelling all over the world, because his father and then his stepfather were both in the Royal Air Force.

La Belle Sauvage, the first volume of "equal" trilogy, worked in two ways: first, as a gentle re-introduction into the world, then, later, as a jolt to the system. It is almost ten years since readers left Lyra and the love of her young life, Will Parry, on a park bench in Oxford's Botanic Gardens at the end of the ground-breaking, bestselling His Dark Materials sequence. While personally I find those circumstances off-putting, Pullman waves any such objections aside with the clear expectation that his readers will, too.Lyra journeys across Europe and the East, following the addresses in Hassall's notebook and aided by supporters of Oakley Street as well as a loose collective of people who have been separated from their own dæmons. The Secret Commonwealth of the title refers to things that are outside the realm of rational thought, such as ghosts, fairies, and superstition. Pullman maintains this series is a Still - I can't think of a better recommendation than the fact that I read it cover to cover over three days and often had to force myself to put it down.

To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. It is seven years since readers left Lyra and the love of her young life, Will Parry, on a park bench in Oxford's Botanic Gardens at the end of the ground-breaking, bestselling His Dark Materials sequence. The second volume of Sir Philip Pullman's The Book of Dust sees Lyra, now twenty years old, and her daemon Pantalaimon, forced to navigate their relationship in a way they could never have imagined, and drawn into the complex and dangerous factions of a world that they had no idea existed.

The battle between the two opposing (but equally flawed) popular philosophers that have had such a negative aspect on Lyra ( especially in Pantalaimon's view) at times felt to me like Pullman having a dig at his own student self, his academic peers, and world leaders. The main negative I had with the book was the way people spear off randomly in different directions, often internationally.

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