maybe i should finish the book first…
August 27, 2008 by iwentwest
[excerpt from an email to suz and hill. ive decided against reviewing his dark materials. at least until i actually finish the third book.]
i know it’s prob been forever since youve read pullman, and this is sort of an onslaught of overwhelming (if only overwhelment were a word!), but can someone answer my questions? maybe i just didnt get it…
1. the mulefa – what the heck are these things? diamond shaped? wheels attached. im baffled, and am having a heck of a time visualizing them. plus, theyre sort of boring! all their knots and wheel oil and seed pods! ugh. im not sure i understand their purpose / role in this, except maybe to just help mary malone see the dust.
2. mary malone – does anyone else think her name sounds like mary magdelene? i spent the entire third book terrified she’d reconnect with lyra and all hell would break loose. she’s the serpent, after all… thus i found the end, when lyra and will meet up with her, somewhat anticlimactic. as i understand it – she does “tempt” lyra – she tells her a story of love, thus giving name to what it is that lyra and will feel for each other…. and then? once there’s a name for that, the kids are no longer innocent? so original sin = not necessarily [only / just] sex, but knowledge? consciousness?
3. dust? = conscious matter? when particles suddenly become aware? like when adam and eve realize they’re naked, when they become conscious of themselves as individuals? speaking of adam and eve – if lyra is always referred to as eve, how come no one ever comes out and calls will adam? i know im probably looking too literally for connections here…
4. asriel and marisa… sooo, coultier realizes she actually loves lyra and tries to change her ways? asriel never meant any harm to his daughter and has in fact been trying to protect her? but at the same time, he’s been trying to wage war on god? or at least the angel who calls himself god? because this authority / the church wants to keep man ignorant? it wants to destroy dust / consciousness because they equal sin?
im so confused, and im totally blogging about this.
oh yeah, and then i admitted that i still have 10 pages left.