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La Belle Sauvage by Philip Pullman

January 4th, 2018 (07:47 pm)

My review from Goodreads:

Philip Pullman has returned to the world of Lyra, nearly two decades after completing the trilogy His Dark Materials - but the events narrated are set about ten years before those of the books which illuminated children's literature in the 1990s. This isn't a backward-looking story; more light and plenty of shade is cast over Lyra's world, with details of stratification of class, income and education which resonate in the era of Trump and Brexit. Pullman's concerns over the natures of knowledge and consciousness are perhaps even more acute in his storytelling, enriched here by Thames lore which calls back to the age of Kipling and Grahame and toasts the modernity of Aaronovitch. Characters are spun carefully and unpredictably and we get to know a few old friends better. Perhaps, now, we have a clue why Lyra is surnamed Belacqua; and perhaps the Silent Commonwealth had to prefigure the Republic of Heaven.

Also posted at https://sir-guinglain.dreamwidth.org/2018/01/04/la-belle-sauvage.html.