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The Secret Commonwealth: The Book of Dust Volume Two: From the world of… (utgåvan 2020)

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The #1 New York Times Bestseller! Return to the world of His Dark Materials--now an HBO original series starring Dafne Keen, Ruth Wilson, James McAvoy, and Lin-Manuel Miranda--in the second volume of Philip Pullman's new bestselling masterwork The Book of Dust.   The windows between the many worlds have been sealed and the momentous adventures of Lyra Silvertongue's youth are long behind her--or so she thought. Lyra is now a twenty-year-old undergraduate at St. Sophia's College and intrigue is swirling around her once more. Her daemon Pantalaimon is witness to a brutal murder, and the dying man entrusts them with secrets that carry echoes from their past.   The more Lyra is drawn into these mysteries, the less she is sure of. Even the events of her own past come into question when she learns of Malcolm Polstead's role in bringing her to Jordan College.   Now Lyra and Malcolm will travel far beyond the confines of Oxford, across Europe and into the Levant, searching for a city haunted by daemons, and a desert said to hold the truth of Dust. The dangers they face will challenge everything they thought they knew about the world, and about themselves.   Praise for The Book of Dust "It's a stunning achievement, this universe Pullman has created and continues to build on." --The New York Times   "Pullman's writing is simple, unpretentious, beautiful, true. The conclusion to The Book of Dust can't come soon enough."--The Washington Post… (mer)
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Titel:The Secret Commonwealth: The Book of Dust Volume Two: From the world of Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials - now a major BBC series (Book of Dust 2)
Författare:Philip Pullman (Författare)
Info:Penguin and David Fickling Books (2020), Edition: 01, 736 pages
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I truly enjoy the writing style of Philip Pullman he has a great way of creating a believable but still fantastical world and populating it with interesting and intriguing characters. I did not enjoy the ending the HIs Dark Materials series at all so I was rather concerned how I would feel about this new series following Lyra. I was very pleasantly surprised that I love this new series and find it very engaging and enjoyable. ( )
  KateKat11 | Sep 24, 2021 |
There's no denying Pullman's a good author. I care about the characters, I care about their stories, and I'm excited to catch up with Lyra as a young adult, years after the original trilogy. It's also cool to see Malcolm from "Belle Sauvage" as a very capable adult, and it's very intriguing to see Pullman explore the many fascinating concepts of Lyra's world (dæmons and Dust, notably) in ways that were never really addressed in the first books. But all that said, a 720 page novel should not feel like the first third of a story, and that's what this does. It doesn't really go anywhere, it only moves characters around (psychologically and geographically), introduces villains and allies and sets up plotlines, conflicts and concepts, The pacing is uneven, and especially the middle third of the book felt like it dragged a lot. It finally picks up the pace a bit towards the end -- but then it is over, Now, I realise it's a middle volume in a trilogy, I wasn't expecting closure. But I was expecting something that felt like a temporary ending; a narrative resting place. But the cliffhanger end isn't even really a cliffhanger; it's the scene directly before (in one plotline) and directly after (in another) a cliffhanger. That, combined with the slow and sometimes unfocused feel of the narrative in earlier sections of the book, hampers my enjoyment of it as a whole rather a lot. There's also the slight feeling for having been promised something not delivered by the title -- while the novel goes out of its way to explain it, many times, it never really feels all that relevant, merely tangential to Lyra's inner conflicts, and if anything, the way things are set up by the end it feels like it'll be the next book that will truly delve into what's described as the Secret Commonwealth. I have every confidence the final book will pay off all of this set-up, but by the time he's written it, I'll likely have forgotten many of the details here -- and while it in time might prove to warrant revisiting once the finale is finished, "Secret Commonwealth" was just not enough fun to re-read in its own right. ( )
  Lucky-Loki | Aug 7, 2021 |
Not nearly as good as La Belle Sauvage. I'm begging Pullman to stop trying to write romance into his adventure novels. ( )
  jalbacutler | Aug 5, 2021 |
Very long, considering it's just one third of the story; on the other hand, I didn't mind.

A quote about "bullshitting" seemed very apt to our current world:
"...Mr. Scoresby ... told me there were truth tellers, and they needed to know what the truth was, so as to tell it. And there were liars, and they needed to know what the truth was, so they could change it or avoid it. And there were bullshitters, who didn't care about the truth at all. They weren't interested. What they spoke wasn't the truth and it wasn't lies; it was bullshit. All they were interested in was their own performance." [p. 276]

,.. as does this quote about how to maintain control when new things are discovered:
"... we should delicately and subtly undermine the idea that truth and facts are possible in the first place. Once the people have become doubtful about the truth of anything, all kinds of things will be open to us." [p. 297] ( )
  raizel | Jul 21, 2021 |
20 years after being delivered to Jordan College and nearly a decade after she left Will, Lyra is a student at St. Sophia's College in Oxford when she is drawn back into intrigue involving the Magisterium.

Lyra's world and her story have grown with her. This is not the fantastical world of His Dark Materials: there are no armored bears, no rollerskating elephants. It's set in Lyra's parallel world, and while the stakes are high, they are--so far--earthly. Lyra is fighting on two fronts: one against palace intrigue in the Magisterium that threatens her, and on a personal level. Following their forced separation and now Lyra's discovery of hyper-rationalist philosophy, her daemon Pantalaimon has left her and she has to journey alone to the Middle East.

The tone is darker and more adult, and Pullman isn't shy about pulling in more mature themes involving not just the Church but government repression and the plight of refugees. Lyra faces adult dangers, too, including sexual assault. HDM was well known for its atheism, but Pullman takes a slightly different--and interesting--tack here (though the Magisterium continues to be a malignant power, and there's also veiled attacks on extremist Islam). Instead of religion, his target is extreme rationalism, the idea that all that there is is what we can see and experience directly. Pan believes that Lyra's reading has robbed her of her imagination.

While I liked La Belle Sauvage well enough, it didn't reach the heights of the original trilogy for me. The Secret Commonwealth takes it to a higher level by raising the stakes and maintaining two searches for Lyra--for the rose oil that the Magisterium wants, and more importantly for herself. ( )
  arosoff | Jul 11, 2021 |
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The Secret Commonwealth is a book whose political signification is much closer to the surface than in earlier work: both the refugee crisis and the current state of democracy are repeatedly referenced. There's something really interesting going on here: by interjecting familiar real-world concerns into a well-loved fiction universe, Pullman gives them added urgency, powerful resonance. A scene in which a ferry capsizes a boat of refugees is almost unreadably tragic; doubly so when we see it through the eyes of Lyra, with whom many of us have grown up. [...]

It's darker and more dangerous than much YA fiction, but there was nothing here that my 11-year-old couldn't handle – indeed he raced through it quicker than I did; loved it, if possible, even more. [...] That Pullman is our best children's author is clear; The Secret Commonwealth establishes him as one of our greatest writers, full stop.
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The #1 New York Times Bestseller! Return to the world of His Dark Materials--now an HBO original series starring Dafne Keen, Ruth Wilson, James McAvoy, and Lin-Manuel Miranda--in the second volume of Philip Pullman's new bestselling masterwork The Book of Dust.   The windows between the many worlds have been sealed and the momentous adventures of Lyra Silvertongue's youth are long behind her--or so she thought. Lyra is now a twenty-year-old undergraduate at St. Sophia's College and intrigue is swirling around her once more. Her daemon Pantalaimon is witness to a brutal murder, and the dying man entrusts them with secrets that carry echoes from their past.   The more Lyra is drawn into these mysteries, the less she is sure of. Even the events of her own past come into question when she learns of Malcolm Polstead's role in bringing her to Jordan College.   Now Lyra and Malcolm will travel far beyond the confines of Oxford, across Europe and into the Levant, searching for a city haunted by daemons, and a desert said to hold the truth of Dust. The dangers they face will challenge everything they thought they knew about the world, and about themselves.   Praise for The Book of Dust "It's a stunning achievement, this universe Pullman has created and continues to build on." --The New York Times   "Pullman's writing is simple, unpretentious, beautiful, true. The conclusion to The Book of Dust can't come soon enough."--The Washington Post

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