18410RE: [mythsoc] Re:Golden Compass/Northern Lights Award
- Jun 25 8:28 AMDuring 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.
From: firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com] On Behalf
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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