As a passionate believer in the democracy of reading, Philip Pullman does not think it's the task of the author of a book to tell the reader what it means. The meaning of a story emerges in the meeting between the words on the page and the thoughts in the reader's mind. So when people ask him what he meant by this story, or what was the message he was trying to convey in that one, he has to explain that he is not going to explain.
Philip Pullman is considered by some degree to be the “Anti- C.S.Lewis,” and His Dark Materials to be a direct rebuttal to
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