The Amber Spyglass – by Philip Pullman

30 04 2020

Last year I read the first two books in this trilogy ready for the TV adaptation that came out, I watched a few episodes but can’t remember if I finished it or not! Either way, I wasn’t in a rush to read the third one. I kinda regret leaving it so long now as even with reading a synopsis of the second book, it was hard to catch up and work out what had happened!

It didn’t help that for a good chunk at the beginning of the book it feels like it jumps around between several groups of people quite quickly, and it was hard to keep track. Not only that but I really couldn’t fathom for a long time who was on what side!

All this said, after my blip with the second book, this was much more engaging and, as per usual, the last 100 pages I read in just a day or two – I’ve spent the whole of this evening since dinner just reading it. It’s so well told, I’m not even going to try and give an overview cos the complexity would make this a very very long post, but it was fascinating trying to work out how all the different parts would resolve.

As I had been slightly forewarned, this book does diss the church more, but the way I see it, it’s a very fictional church, very different to what I know church to be. As I think I said before, at the end of the day, it’s just a story.


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5 05 2020
Toni

“As I had been slightly forewarned, this book does diss the church more, but the way I see it, it’s a very fictional church, very different to what I know church to be.”

I think you’d find PP is talking about the same church, but from his perspective. In many ways the maxim ‘according to your faith be it unto you’ is applicable when it comes to church. The same church can seem a warm, loving family to some or a hive of hypocritical back-stabbers to others, and it’s as much about us as them.

5 05 2020
Ineke

Yea that makes sense. I think I was just able to enjoy it as a story without getting too bothered about any intention behind it

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