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From: "Dan'l Danehy-Oakes" <ddanehy@siebel.com>
Subject: (urth) Pullman nearly lost me...
Date: Tue, 7 Aug 2001 09:55:21 

Perhaps you recall my saying that the ending of Chapter Two of TGC
captured me totally?

Chapter Two of TSK very nearly lost me. I refer to a speech by 
Ruta Wossername, the guest witch queen, to the effect that all
churches are evile because "that is what Churches do: control,
destroy, obliterate every good feeling."

Assuming (which I grant is something of an assumption) that 
this is the point of view Pullman subscribes to -- it lacks
a certain basic integrity. 

There are plenty of valid arguments for an anti-clerical 
viewpoint; but to say, in the face of the thousands, probably 
millions, of people who experience good feelings in, and as 
result of, their churches [and I'm taking this word, in the 
context of an anti-clerical rant, to mean pretty much any 
organized or hierarchical religion, from Catholicism to the 
O.T.O., to Scientology, to the various Eastern cults that center 
on obedience to a guru or master), so please don't think I'm 
offering any apologia for Christianity or any particular flavor 
thereof at this time], that destroying and obliterating every
good feeling is what Churches do -- well, it's intellectual

Can Pullman get away with it? _Almost_; it's being said by a 
character in a world where "the Church" is a monolithic, evil
thing. If she'd said "that's what the Church does," it would
have been fine. But by speaking of "Churches," she's prophesying, 
speaking of all-churches-everywhere-and-at-all-times, and it's

No, it hasn't ruined the book (so far). The book nearly hit
the wall at that point, but the goodwill Pullman had gathered
in the first volume kept me going.

One other observation: I feel some discontinuity between Lyra's
character in TGC and what I've seen so far (about 80 pg) in TSK.
I'm not sure why but I feel it.


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