December 4, 2007
'I Have Plenty to Say About Him'
Major upside to the impending release of The Golden Compass: lots of interviews with Philip Pullman making the rounds! This one is the best I’ve seen: an extended e-mail interview that goes deep, deeeep into his theology. And of course there’s this bit:
[Interviewer]: Your trilogy does an amazing job of interpreting certain aspects of the Old Testament (and the legends surrounding it) quite literally (e.g. Enoch), and it touches on Church history too — but if memory serves, there is no mention of Jesus as a character in this cosmology. To some readers, this has been a curious gap. Where does he fit into your mythos? Given that the depiction of everything that came before and after Jesus — God, Enoch, the Church, etc. — is pretty negative, would Jesus himself have been “bad” somehow? Or, as a “good” person, did he not fit in?
[Pullman]: His omission from HDM was deliberate; I’m going to get around to Jesus in the next book. I have plenty to say about him.
The next book, recall, is going to be called “The Book of Dust,” and Pullman has been working on it for many years now.