Paradise Lost - John Milton, Philip Pullman

Pullman is decidedly not a literary scholar; he quotes Hitchcock and Sherlock Holmes and reminisces about the torture of learning to understand poetry in a high school classroom. He approaches the poem without pretense, and thus makes it feel lighter, more accessible - more like a miraculous treat for lovers of great storytelling than an intimidating initiation into difficult literature. He has his reading of PARADISE LOST (which became the masterful fantasy trilogy His Dark Materials), but instead of instructing, he encourages us to create our own reading "wholly personal and utterly illogical" and to love the poem before we try to learn it. Those long acquainted with the poem will love this beautifully illustrated edition, with its emphasis on the neglected tradition of reading aloud, and newcomers will be drawn in by the same epic plot, villains, and tragic love that led them to the works of Tolkien and J.K Rowling.

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ISBN: 9780199554225
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Published: Oxford University Press, USA - December 15th, 2008