Monday, November 05, 2007

"The Golden Compass" Author Philip Pullman Interviewed by Steve Meachum: The Shed Where God Died

To read Steve Meacham's full article from the Sydney Morning Herald see below and then click on the link at bottom.

Source: The Sydney Morning Herald
The shed where God died
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By Steve Meacham
December 13, 2003
Once upon a time in an English garden, a little girl lived in a parallel universe ... and the comparisons began. But author Philip Pullman would rather be seen as a modern-day Jane Austen than the new Tolkien.

He's been called the male J.K. Rowling. Constantly compared with J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis. Likened to literary lions such as Milton, Tolstoy, Blake, even Chekhov.

His best-known creation - a 12-year-old scruffy, disobedient, pubescent girl named Lyra, from a parallel universe - has been described as one of the most glorious female characters in modern fiction. Her adventures - detailed in the 1200-page trilogy collectively called His Dark Materials - were recently named among Britain's "favourite 100 books of all time" and have frequently outsold the Harry Potter stories....

As you read, you may want to remember this:

The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.
 The LORD looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, and seek God.
 They are all gone aside, they are all together become filthy: there is none that doeth good, no, not one.
 Have all the workers of iniquity no knowledge? who eat up my people as they eat bread, and call not upon the LORD.
(Psalm 14:1-4)
But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth.
This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish.
For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.
(James 3:14-16)