Kid reviews for The Amber Spyglass: His Dark Materials, Book 3
The Golden Compass: Sexualizing Children in the World of His Dark Materials
They have a naturally occurring external physical manifestation in Lyra's universe and some others. This was initially presented as a natural taboo that Lyra did not recall ever being told about, but in La Belle Sauvage , the infant Pantalaimon touches Malcolm Polstead's hand while in the form of a kitten; in context this can be taken as the innocent action of a child seeking comfort from their 'guardian'. However, their bodies are solid, and they can interact fully with people and objects in the material world. At the beginning of the trilogy, Lord Asriel claims that the act of settling triggers Dust to begin to be attracted to the person. Pantalaimon initially 'talks' to Lyra in a style of pidgin English that the nuns caring for Lyra say both will grow out of. The most detailed account in the books shows pulling to be torturous both physically — like "an iron hand pulling one's heart out between one's ribs" — and emotionally.
This weekend, with 70 degrees F in Chapel Hill, it would have bin a sin to remain indoors. So I didn't. But in the end, at twilight today, my daughter and I went to see Golden Compass, the movie whose first-weekend box-office earnings I wanted to boost. I made sure not to read any reviews of the movie beforehand.
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