A Faca Sutil

Novel, Fantasy by Philip Pullman


The Subtle Knife é um romance inglês de fantasia escrito por Philip Pullman, originalmente publicado em 1997, e o segundo volume da série His Dark Materials.
A história introduz novos personagens, como Will Parry e Mary Malone, ao mesmo tempo em que continua a jornada da jovem Lyra Belacqua iniciada no livro anterior, Northern Lights. A narrativa acompanha o encontro de Lyra e Will em um novo mundo, Cittàgazze, e como os objetivos de ambos acabam por se entrelaçar em um mesmo destino. Assim como o volume anterior, o livro envolve elementos de fantasia, como Espectros e universos paralelos, e faz alusão a uma ampla gama de idéias de campos, como a física, filosofia e teologia.
O livro é seguido pelo terceiro volume da série, The Amber Spyglass, publicado em 2000.

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OK prose, but terrible plotting and characters. So many of the ostensibly critical characters (in the world) are either deus ex machina for some specific threat the characters are facing, or blatant ego-stroking for the completely self centered mains. The story is written in third person, but from such a skewed perspective and rationale that it sometimes seems it's a mythical tale told after the fact by the mains about themselves. Besides this, some of the morality is just bizarre and inconsistent. The Church is self-evidently evil because they're subtly censoring scientific institutions (which is only demonstrated once in the whole series) and they sponsor a creepy, child-exploiting antagonist. Fair enough. But the main character sees the distant messiah (her father) kill her best friend for a remarkably similar "scientific" purpose, then he time travels and starts amassing a secret army, and she STILL sees him as a hero. WTF is going on in this story? The whole thing is riddled with motivated reasoning. "We're good, so the insane things we're doing are good." A truly disturbing book if the heroes were not written ironically. Every major event and decision screams #raisedbynarcissists.

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