18410RE: [mythsoc] Re:Golden Compass/Northern Lights Award
- Jun 25, 2007During my term teaching in Canterbury at Canterbury Christ Church
University College in spring 2004, NORTHERN LIGHTS was one of the three
assigned novels on the syllabus in the Fiction & Drama course for
underclass English majors. While it certainly started out very well, it
was, as noted below, incomplete and thus unfulfilling. A few of the
students had read the others and their verdict was similar to WCH's.
THE BORROWERS, which I first read as a child, would have earned my
sentimental vote; all of the series' volumes were well-wrought. I
re-read as an adult years ago and they held up quite well.
Far Westfarthing smial here in west-central Illinois has discussed
adding GC/NL to our agenda for reading before the film appears.
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Of William Cloud Hicklin
Sent: Monday, June 25, 2007 10:17 AM
Subject: [mythsoc] Re:Golden Compass/Northern Lights Award
--- In mythsoc@yahoogroups <mailto:mythsoc%40yahoogroups.com> .com, John
>That Pullman utterlydoesn't, to my
> failed to deliver on the promise of this first book
> mind, detract from his achievement, anymore thanTHE TOMBS OF ATUAN
> diminishes A WIZARD OF EARTHSEA, or Book V of THEFAERIE QUEENE
> diminishes Books III & IV.I can't concur. GC isn't a book in its own right,
like Wizard of Earthsea, but merely Volume 1, like
Fellowship. It can't to my mind be judged
independent of the other volumes, and like David, I
find the third in particular to be a trainwreck: Act
III of Faust as imagined by William Burroughs.
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