On October 19 1946, the English novelist, Philip Pullman is born. On that same day in 2017, he publishes La Belle Sauvage, the first book in The Book of Dust trilogy. It is a companion trilogy for his famous trilogy His Dark Materials, which includes The Golden Compass.
Pullman has sometimes been claimed as an atheist alternative to C.S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien. Whether he may indeed be that, his works’ popularity stand on their own. Pullman’s mission statement as an author appears on his homepage.
As a passionate believer in the democracy of reading, I don’t think it’s the task of the author of a book to tell the reader what it means.
The meaning of a story emerges in the meeting between the words on the page and the thoughts in the reader’s mind. So when people ask me what I meant by this story, or what was the message I was trying to convey in that one, I have to explain that I’m not going to explain.
Anyway, I’m not in the message business; I’m in the “Once upon a time” business.Philip Pullman, philip-pullman.com
Book Title: Lyra’s Oxford
Book Author: Pullman, Philip
Dewey Decimal Call Number: YFIC PUL
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