Pope pops Pullman

I’ve stayed away from Golden Compass posts for awhile lately, but wanted to point out this story about the Vatican hammering Pullman, the books, the movies and Dynomutt. (You have to read between the lines to get the Dynomutt part.)
Even though the Pope and I approach the books from different viewpoints, it’s interesting that we came to some of the same conclusions:
“… sad, cold and inhumane.”
“In Pullman’s world, hope simply does not exist …”
Since we’re back on the subject, let me share another thought with you.
Some people who have different interpretations of the book than I do talk about how uplifiting it is because it frees people from tyranny.
But I think one of the things that turned me off so much (SPOILER ALERT) is that at the very end of the books, Lyra is told what to do and where to go and who she can’t see anymore and that’s that. She seems to be anything but free.
However, if Pullman is really going to write a follow up series, then perhaps we will finally see Lyra get to do something of her own free will. (Hopefully this will include giving us a coherent exlanation of the trepanning.)
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