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SUMMARY × The Secret Commonwealth ã ➵ [Read] ➯ The Secret Commonwealth By Philip Pullman ✤ – It is twenty years since the events of La Belle Sauvage The Book of Dust Volume One unfolded and saw the baby Lyra Belacua begin her life changing journeyIt is seven years since readers left Lyra and It Wealth we meet Lyra Silvertongue And she is no longer a child The second volume of Sir Philip Pullman's The Book of Dust sees Lyra now twenty years old and her daemon Pantalaimon forced to navigate their relationship in a way they could never have imagined and drawn into the complex and dangerous factions of a world that they had no idea existedPulled along on his own journey too is Malcolm. lyra silvertongue as a twenty year old lyra silvertongue as a twenty year old lyra silvertongue as a twenty year old LYRA SILVERTONGUE AS A TWENTY YEAR OLD am actually losin me shit one of the reasons why la belle sauvage wasn't as good as hdm was because lyra wasn't in it well i mean she was but she was 8 months old but this BUT THIS


Once a boy with a boat and a mission to save a baby from the flood now a man with a strong sense of duty and a desire to do what is rightTheirs is a world at once familiar and extraordinary and they must travel far beyond the edges of Oxford across Europe and into Asia in search for what is lost a city haunted by daemons a secret at the heart of a desert and the mystery of the elusive Dust. As a huge fan of Philip Pullman I take no pleasure in reporting that The Secret Commonwealth is a massive disappointment This novel which begins every bit the worthy successor to Pullman’s marvelous His Dark Materials trilogy slowly and tragically dissolves into a narrative so desultory and dull that it may as well not exist Or it’s brilliant in a way I can’t comprehend––but I don’t think soRarely do I feel the need to take vengeance on a novel when reviewing it but this one brought me to a point of deep painful resentment The primary reason is that unlike most bad books the opening act displays incredible promise La Belle Sauvage the first volume of The Book of Dust was a strange and dark tale with a lot of potential and the first couple hundred pages of The Secret Commonwealth honor that potential proving as good as anything Pullman has previously written The story is mature and unsettling in a fashion that departs from his first trilogy and the book starts off with a solid balance of plot based and character driven energyLyra now twenty years old must deal with the conseuences not only of her own personal journey as an adolescent but of events that took place in her infancy The relationships between Lyra and those seeking to cultivate her incipient adulthood are touching and the older versions of the main characters from La Belle Sauvage are well crafted Watching them interact with Lyra is a genuine pleasureThis pleasure is contrasted heavily by Lyra’s intriguing and disturbing arguments with her daemon Pantalaimon Pan The Secret Commonwealth reveals new dynamics between humans and daemons namely a host of ways in which people and their daemons can become separated These operate as relatively successful metaphors for how our social relationships fluctuate over time and how people can become internally conflicted and alienated from aspects of their own personalities Lyra and Pan become embroiled in a philosophical dispute over the nature of truth and whether it is a product of strict objective rationalism or of pure subjective imagination Their suabbling over this false dilemma becomes uite vicious eventually leading to a dramatic but somewhat baffling estrangement Unfortunately the uality of this conflict degrades as the novel progresses along with everything elsePullman is also preoccupied with “the world of hidden things and hidden relationships”––an animistic magical realm from which the novel derives its title 389 He often hints at the possible significance of “the secret commonwealth” but doesn’t deliver enough detail to establish its value as a narrative device This noncommittal attitude toward its own ideas permeates The Secret Commonwealth in a way that feels almost intentional as if Pullman thought being intellectually wishy washy would somehow improve thingsFor as long as Lyra and her companions stick around in Brytain Pullman’s fictional version of Britain the novel holds together fairly well But once they hit the road and split off into separate subplots the story swiftly disintegrates into a plodding caravan of interactions with seemingly inconseuential and mostly uninteresting new characters The main characters don’t interact nearly enough and none of their individual journeys proves enlightening or than superficially exciting The novel is than 600 pages and in the last few hundred the story becomes increasingly rudderless and––worst of all––boring There is nothing in the way of a compelling climax and the book terminates at a point that would constitute rising action in a tighter focused taleGiven that The Amber Spyglass is by far my favorite volume of His Dark Materials I am cautiously optimistic that Pullman’s conclusion to The Book of Dust will be worth reading at worst and capable of salvaging the series at best But as it currently stands The Secret Commonwealth imperils Pullman’s reputation as a master storytellerThis review was originally published on my blog wordsdirt

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The Secret CommonwealthIt is twenty years since the events of La Belle Sauvage The Book of Dust Volume One unfolded and saw the baby Lyra Belacua begin The Secret PDF her life changing journeyIt is seven years since readers left Lyra and the love of her young life Will Parry on a park bench in Oxford's Botanic Gardens at the end of the ground breaking bestselling His Dark Materials seuenceNow in The Secret Common. I can't believe I'm giving this book 2 starsHis Dark Materials shattered my heart as a kid I've been dreaming of a book about adult Lyra ever since but this was one of the biggest disappointment of 2020 alreadyIt took me 3 months to finish this book A book I had been dreaming about for yearsview spoiler It broke my heart to see Lyra and Pan fight but the reasons are so vague and barely explained I'm hoping things will make sense in the next book I hated the attempted rape scene It had no purpose Finally I also couldn't stand the whole Malcom Lyra romance Dude is much older than her and why was he into her when she was still essentially a kid hide spoiler