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Published on: 08/14/15 12:00 PM

Book review: Neil Gaiman`s Books

I have come late to the Neil Gaiman party but OMG, now that I am here, I am having a riotous time.What a delectable feast The Ocean at the End of the Lane is. A man in search of his identity? A fantasy? A moral fable of how quirky good trumps untold horrors? A book that lays bare all the misgivings that lurk inside you, however grown-up you now fancy yourself to be?

 

The answer is, of course, all of the above. As the unnamed narrator faces off known and unknown mythical monsters who seem all too real, he has a growing army of absorbed,involved readers standing shoulder to shoulder with him. And that is the true triumph of this marvellous writer. This book won the Book of the Year award through a reader’s poll. Not in the least surprising.


 


One year later….

I’m in love with this writer all over again. The Graveyard Book is possibly Neil Gaiman’s best. Nobody Owens (Bod), the boy with a mousy mop and a murderer, the man Jack, after him, is protected and brought up by the denizens of the little town’s graveyard. The book is a tour de force in human nature and relationships.

Sample these snippets from the Master of atmosphere.

The ghouls scrabbled back down the rocky cliff, beneath a sky the colour of bad blood.

`Name the different kinds of people,` said Miss Lupescu.Bod thought for a moment. `The living, `he said. `Er, the dead.` Then…`Cats,` he offered uncertainly.

A flash of pain woke him, sharp as ice, the colour of slow thunder….

And this on a gravestone: Thomas R Stout (1817-1851) Deeply regretted by all who knew him.

This is no proper review, it is an alert to readers. Read the book!





Neil GaimanThe Graveyard BookThe Ocean At The End Of The Lane

Sheila Kumar • August 14, 2015


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