Philip Pullman’s New ‘Dark Materials’ Book Brims With Familiar Delights

Philip Pullman’s New ‘Dark Materials’ Book Brims With Familiar Delights

The New York Times-Books·2020-10-31 05:42

SERPENTINEWritten by Philip PullmanIllustrated by Tom Duxbury

In Philip Pullman’s fantasy trilogy “His Dark Materials” every human being has a companion called a daemon who represents his or her soul, externalized and made visible as a talking animal. Your daemon can be a hawk or a ferret or a monkey, fierce or cozy or creepy, depending on what kind of soul you’ve got. It’s one of the cardinal rules of Pullman’s fictional universe that your daemon must remain physically close to you, but like most cardinal rules in most universes this one occasionally gets broken. When it does, it’s a trauma almost beyond description.

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Ghostjacker13 07/12/2020

discussing the mystery of daemons with him while at the same time

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Ghostjacker13 07/12/2020

haunted by the question of what he did while they were apart

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Ghostjacker13 07/12/2020

that fill in the odd blank spot in his vast legendarium

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Ghostjacker13 07/12/2020

a daemon who represents his or her soul, externalized and made visible

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Ghostjacker13 07/12/2020

It’s one of the cardinal rules of Pullman’s fictional universe that your daemon must remain physically close to you, but like most cardinal rules in most universes this one occasionally gets broken. When it does, it’s a trauma almost beyond description

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