Mr B's review
The brilliant creator of ‘His Dark Materials’ trilogy brings us a marvellously energetic, endlessly curious exploration of the art of storytelling. Written over a period of twenty years, ‘Daemon Voices’ collects Pullman’s thoughts on some of his favourite storytellers, writing practices and the pleasures and power of stories, as well as reflecting on some of his own amazing tales. Imbued with oodles of insight, knowledge and enthusiasm, this stunning tome celebrates how essential and joyous stories are to us today.
In over 30 essays, written over 20 years, one of the world’s great story-tellers meditates on story-telling. Warm, funny, generous, entertaining and, above all, deeply considered, they offer thoughts on a wide variety of topics, including the origin and composition of Philip’s own stories, the craft of writing and the story-tellers who have meant the most to Philip. The art of story-telling is everywhere present in the essays themselves, in the instantly engaging tone, the vivid imagery and striking phrases, the resonant anecdotes, the humour and learnedness. Together, they are greater than the sum of their parts: a single, sustained engagement with story and story-telling.
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