From: "Elizabeth Apgar Triano" <lizziewriter@...
> As I go along, reading and talking to people who either liked or didn't
> like Pullman, I wonder if it comes down to a very subjective call. Those
> who want to see God and Good and all that Lawful Background First Cause
> stuff will find him disturbing, and those who don't, will find him more
> independent? I haven't read him yet, and this is just a guess, but I have
> actually spoken to people in bookstores who seemed otherwise well read and
> stuff, one was a librarian in fact, who enjoyed Pullman because he gave
> characters more of a semblance of independence. Something like that. I
> haven't had my tea yet today, but I meant to get this hypothesis out
> yesterday and forgot. What do we think?
We think they suck. At least I do.
Whether you agree or disagree with Pullman's view of God, anyone who's read
the books must agree that Pullman gets so carried away with making his
statement that he forgot a number of plot threads.
I found he gave his characters more a semblance of cardboard, myself. I
finally just gave in and pictured Disney's Cruella de Ville every time
Lyra's mother re-entered the stories. And the former nun is totally
unbelievable. I know way too many ex-nuns and everyone of them has left the
religious life but remained a devout Catholic. You'd never make it into the
convent in the first place without strong faith in God. And if your faith
wasn't strong enough or if community living wasn't right for you, you would
not be allowed to continue. Even in these days of scarse vocations,
religious orders are very careful who they allow in.