The golden compass is a darker, deeper fantasy epic than the rings trilogy, the chronicles of narnia or the potter films. Title of a book, article or other published item this will display to the public. In the golden compass, readers meet for the first time 11yearold lyra belacqua, a precocious orphan growing up within the precincts of jordan college in oxford, england. Take our free the golden compass quiz below, with 25 multiple choice questions that help you test your knowledge. The golden compass forms the first part of a story in three volumes. The golden compass is the most expensive movie the company has ever made.
The project was announced in february 2002, but difficulties over the script and the selection of a director caused. The golden compass his dark materials, book 1 philip pullman. The golden compass published as the northern lights in the uk is the first volume of pullmans his dark materials trilogy. Fans of the book series were thrilled when they heard there was a movie coming out called the golden compass that told the first part of lyra balacquas story. The book was first published as northern lights in the united kingdom in 1995 by scholastic.
Philip pullmans his dark materials books have won numerous prizes, including the carnegie medal, the guardian childrens book award, and. The golden compass turns 20 its daemon has probably settled. The novels have won a number of awards, including the carnegie medal in 1995 for northern. The golden compass graphic novel, volume 2 his dark materials by philip pullman. Main story is about adventures of two children lyra belacqua and will parry in parallel. I love magical realism and there are plenty of fairytale elements in the golden compass. The scholastic publishing house coproduced the film and is now heavily promoting the books for use as teaching materials in public schools.
The golden compass turns 20 its daemon has probably. The golden compass graphic novel, complete edition by. Like another great fantasy adventure, the golden compass, by phillip pullman 1995, ballantine books, begins in a wardrobe. The book is really descriptive and has the perfect balance between whats real and whats magic. The book is called northern lights and the film is the golden compass and it aint even a compass i should have read this book years ago so thank you bbc for the current production of his dark materials which is gripping us on sunday nights, for finally prompting me to pick up this book. The font used for the movie title on the poster is probably mason serif regular. The adventure develops through lyras quest to save her friend roger, who was kidnapped by the gobblers, before whatever happens to the children at the facility in the north run by the general oblation board, happens to him. Ive published nearly twenty books, mostly of the sort that are read by children. As an adult reading the golden compass for the first time, it was amazing. Published by knopf books for young readers 1996 isbn 10. The us edition, retitled the golden compass, followed in 1996 from alfred a. Browse our latest titles in the award winners category to discover your next read from.
It springs from the same british world of quasiphilosophical magic, but creates more complex villains and poses more intriguing questions. The golden compass is one of those lyrical suspensions like alice in wonderland and the lord of the rings that crosses all age lines and intertwines mythologies and legends with seamless beauty. I wanted to see the golden compass ever since i saw the very first trailer and i finally got around to watch it yesterday. The movie was well made and well cast, but when it wasnt the blockbuster the studios anticipated, and the. Lyra is an orphan whose parents were killed when she was very young. The golden compass is a 2007 fantasyadventure movie based on northern lights, the first novel in philip pullmans trilogy his dark materials. It was followed by the subtle knife 1997 and the amber spyglass 2000. The golden compass by philip pullman, read by philip pullman, full cast.
Film is a column comparing books to the film adaptations they spawn, often discussing them on a plotpoint by plotpoint basis. Narrated by the author and read by a full cast of characters, the story comes alive as lyra and her daemon, pantalaimon, set out to free the children from the gobblers. The movie was not the first adaptation of the books. Lyra fight the evil forces that are stealing children for horrible experiments. The latter volume won the whitbread book award in 2001. Philip pullman has won many distinguished prizes, including the carnegie medal for the golden compass and the readervoted carnegie of carnegies for the best childrens book of the past seventy years. This is the first book in author philip pullmans trilogy, his dark materials. But what could have possibly gone wrong with an adaptation of a childrens book about a. Meet our protagonist, lyra, and her daemon pantalaimon the shapeshifting animal that is her soul, or pan for short. The golden compass by philip pullman, 9780739374832, available at book. How many books are there in the golden compass series. The first volume is set in a universe like ours, but different in many ways. Set in a parallel universe, it features the journey of lyra belacqua to the arctic in search of her missing friend, roger parslow, and her imprisoned uncle, lord asriel, who has been conducting experiments with a mysterious. Pullman himself wanted to call the book the golden compass originally, but his publishers wanted a different title i just noticed that hanah down below also goes into this, so read her post for better information.
The series is marketed as young adult fiction and has the corresponding young heroine and lack of sexual content, but it has a sophistication and. The third book, the amber spyglass, received the whitbread awardawarded by other writers as the best book of the year. Designed by jonathan barnbrook in 1992, mason is a typeface available in both sans and serif styles. Northern lights is a youngadult fantasy novel by philip pullman, published in 1995 by. The golden compass by philip pullman, 97804402383, available at book. Philip pullman has said, miltons angels are not seriously meant to be believed beings with wings and halos and white robes. Designed by jonathan barnbrook in 1992, mason is a. In a parallel universe, young lyra belacqua journeys to the far north to save her best friend and other kidnapped children from terrible experiments by a mysterious organization. In the subtle knife, the story moves between the world of the first novel, our own world, and in another world, the city of cittagazze.
The golden compass is a 2007 fantasyadventure movie based on northern lights, the first novel in philip pullmans trilogy his dark materials the font used for the movie title on the poster is probably mason serif regular. Jul 09, 1995 the book is called northern lights and the film is the golden compass and it aint even a compass i should have read this book years ago so thank you bbc for the current production of his dark materials which is gripping us on sunday nights, for finally prompting me to pick up this book. It was the first childrens book to win, and this opened the door for a film adaptation. The golden compass is rightly regarded as a classic of young adult fantasy. The golden compass graphic novel, complete edition his dark materials by philip pullman. It is incredibly wellwritten and a real treat for the imagination.
Main story is about adventures of two children lyra belacqua and will parry in parallel universes. Determine which chapters, themes and styles you already know and what you need to study for your upcoming essay, midterm, or final exam. He has also won many distinguished prizes, including the carnegie medal for the golden compass and the readervoted carnegie of carnegies for the best childrens book of the past seventy years. The golden compass is a 2007 fantasy adventure film based on northern lights, the first novel in philip pullmans trilogy his dark materials.
Philip pullman, british author of novels for children and young adults who is. Northern lights won the public vote from that shortlist and was thus named the alltime carnegie. Click on the link, sign into your facebook account and like us. I love magical realism and there are plenty of fairytale elements in. The golden compass turns 20 its daemon has probably settled philip pullmans beloved fantasy series traces the adventures of brave young lyra belacqua and her daemon, pantalaimon, through an. It quickly becomes clear that lyras oxford is not precisely like our own nor is her world. Golden compass, 1996, the first volume of the trilogy, won the 1996 carnegie medal. Film is a column comparing books to the film adaptations they spawn, often discussing them on a plotpointbyplotpoint basis. Medal, the guardian childrens fiction prize, and the childrens. The movie is based on the first book in phillip pullmans trilogy, his dark materials, which has been a bestseller over several years and has won numerous awards.
Northern lights won the carnegie medal in 1996, and ten years later it was. Friends, witches and armored polar bears help lyra fight the evil forces that are stealing children for horrible experiments. Parents choice gold awards the subtle knife and the amber. The golden compass is the first book in the trilogy his dark materials, which gets its name from a passage in john miltons paradise lost, quoted at the beginning of the novel. Philip pullman has said, miltons angels are not seriously meant to be believed. North, where the gobblers take the children they steallincluding her friend roger. Northern lights titled the golden compass in north america and some other countries is a youngadult fantasy novel by philip pullman, published in 1995 by scholastic uk. Philip pullmans awardwinning the golden compass is the first in the his.
From this we know that were not just dealing with the typical comingofage themes youd find in your average novel for tweens and teens. Dont get me wrong, the movie is good, some might even say great but the book is just so much beyond the movie. The three novels have won a number of awards, most notably the 2001 whitbread book of the year prize. Winner 1997 ala best books for young adults winner 1997 ala notable childrens book winner 1999 texas lonestar reading list. So if you want to use the title the author chose, you would be using the golden compass, not northern lights. Stunt performers fall 45 down the side of a glacier. The golden compass graphic novel, volume 1 his dark materials by philip pullman. Pullman wins carnegie of carnegies books the guardian.
Six books have won both awards in 45 years through 2011. If it doesnt do well, it won t just be a bad year on the balance sheet the entire division could find itself folded. Northern lights won the carnegie medal for childrens fiction in the uk in 1995. The golden compass series is one of the most popular fantasy series in the world. The second volume is set partly in the universe we know. Northern lights is the first in pullmans his dark materials trilogy which has been. The golden compass, the subtle knife, and the amber spyglass are available together in a collectible his dark materials boxed set perfect for any fan or newcomer to this modern fantasy classic series that has graced the new york times, wall street journal, san francisco chronicle, book sense, and publishers weekly bestseller lists. May 23, 2011 pullman himself wanted to call the book the golden compass originally, but his publishers wanted a different title i just noticed that hanah down below also goes into this, so read her post for better information. Childrens book award, and for the amber spyglass the whitbread book of the. Beginning of a dialog window, including tabbed navigation to register an account or sign in to an existing account. His dark materials is a trilogy of fantasy novels by philip pullman consisting of northern lights. It has also won the guardian childrens fiction award.
Jun 19, 2014 the book was first published as northern lights in the united kingdom in 1995 by scholastic. They live at oxford universitys jordan college, among scholars and other brainytypes. Lyras world is beautifully realized and populated with compelling characters, and the brisklypaced plot is wholly original. The golden compass by philip pullman lesson plans and teaching resources the golden compass by philip pullman summary, 11 discussion questions, and activity suggestions. Nailbiting, violent fantasy has elements of mystery. With nicole kidman, daniel craig, dakota blue richards, ben walker.
For this post, ill focus mostly on the us covers throughout the years since then the covers ive come across in my own reading and collecting. May 22, 2001 the golden compass is the first book of the dust series by philip pullman. I literally just finished the first book in his dark materials and i cannot believe what i have been missing. Such is certainly the case with philip pullmans heroic, at times heartwrenching novel, the golden compass, a story ostensibly for children but one perhaps even better appreciated by adults. The movie was well made and well cast, but when it wasnt the blockbuster the studios anticipated, and the catholic church had some very unkind things to say. But what could have possibly gone wrong with an adaptation of a childrens book about a plot to murder god, set in a world. All finalists are of equal merit, listed alphabetically. I had already read the book in december 2007 and have now realized that that was a bad idea. Written and directed by chris weitz, it stars nicole kidman, dakota blue richards, daniel craig, sam elliott, eva green, and ian mckellen. Its firstly released in 1995 with the golden compass name in north america and his dark materials name in the world and written by philip pullman. The golden compass is the first book of the dust series by philip pullman. The golden compass is the first installment of pullmans his dark materials trilogy, three books that set out to rewrite john miltons epic 17th century poem paradise lost.474 601 1069 36 563 1423 897 1104 1481 488 1456 198 1000 243 1151 745 1273 859 954 726 678 589 1186 1579 1577 42 563 50 1094 995 1235 1315 488 1408 1025 7 1236 195 1161 848 864 579 111 105