Book Review: The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

I bought this book.

My rating for the Graveyard Book – 4

“The Graveyard Book” by Neil Gaiman (Website | Facebook | Twitter) is the winner of the prestigious Newbery Medal award. This is a fictional book which takes place in a graveyard.

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“The Graveyard Book” by Neil Gaiman is a bit of a departure for me. If you notice most of the books I like to read are not even close to the YA and/or supernatural genres. Alas I will read whatever Neil Gaiman writes because he is … well … he’s Neil Gaiman dammit!

The novel starts off in a terrifying fashion – a man murders a whole family sans the toddler who somehow escapes. However, there is very little violence in the book, granted it is implied but not described so children (let’s say fourth or fifth grade) should have much of an issue with the book.

The book itself is exciting and witty, some of it turns sinister but the tenderness which Gaiman builds into his characters and their interactions makes up for that. What I like about Gaiman books is that he doesn’t exploit one’s fears, instead I share in his wonder of the supernatural and feel entrenched in the story.

The Graveyard itself is not as depressing as it seems, but in the context of the book is used as a sanctuary for a small child, which the inhabitants of the graveyard (ghosts) protect from a murderer.

Strange as it may seem (after all, this book is strange to begin with) all the characters seem believable, from Bod, our protagonist, to the ghosts in the graveyard. Each of them has a distinct personality, wit and wisdom.

This is a delightful book and I thought it was thoroughly entertaining. Neil Gaiman has been writing modern fairy tales for years filled with magical moments that let you forget the mundane and engage in a world beyond your own.
And isn’t that what books are all about?

a small baby escapes a horrible night when his family was murdered. The baby crawls into a graveyard followed by the murderer, the man Jack, who loses him in the mist. The boy is taken care by the inhabitants of the graveyard, his name is Nobody Owens or Bod. Bod can transgress between the world of the living and world of the dead, how and why is part of the mystery.

As the years pass, Bod, now five years old, becomes a curious youngster. He starts asking questions, mostly about why he cannot leave the graveyard and the answers the ghosts give him do not satisfy his curious nature. Bod turns to Silas, the graveyard keeper who can also live between two worlds and knows the dangers and certain death Bod can expect if he leaves the graveyard.

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