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Sunday, December 10, 2017

Daemon Voices review – wise words from a craftsman | The Guardian - Books + Reviews


"Philip Pullman’s collection of insightful essays on the power of storytelling." 

Daemon essayist: Philip Pullman.
Photo: Suki Dhanda for the Observer
Published alongside La Belle Sauvage, the first in a three-part prequel to His Dark Materials, Daemon Voices is a compendious collection of Philip Pullman’s talks, essays and newspaper articles spanning several decades. 

Exploring themes as diverse as art, politics, science and faith, Pullman is eloquent on the craft and power of storytelling and the folk tales and fairytales that are his personal touchstones.

A lecture entitled “Let’s write it in red”, inspired by two little girls writing a story together on a train, reflects on the need to “keep the old stories burnished and bright and new by telling them over and over again”. Something of this telling and retelling is revealed in the themes, images and literary allusions that repeat like refrains throughout the collection, offering an insight into Pullman’s own creative preoccupations.
 
Daemon Voices 
by Philip Pullman
Daemon Voices by Philip Pullman is published by David Fickling Books (£20). To order a copy for £17 go to guardianbookshop.com

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https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/oct/22/philip-pullman-my-daemon-is-a-raven-la-belle-sauvage-interview-questions
Source: The Guardian


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