Life in the graveyard

The Graveyard Book  by Neil Gaiman is a story about Nobody Owens whose family was murdered by the man Jack when he was just a toddler and since then he has been living in the graveyard. He will be raised and educated  by the ghosts, werewolves and other cemetery denizens.

The book begins with sentence: “There was a hand in the darkness and it held a knife” this captivating opening made instantly impression on me and really rouse my expectancies of the book. Each  chapter of the book is a short story in itself detailing events that occur as Bod grows up in the graveyard.

I was a little bit disillusioned with characters depiction because I had read earlier Gaimans book Coraline where characters were almost described tactual and in The Graveyard Book characterizing remain in sketching level. But after all the book was enjoyable reading experience and it’s thrilling to followeth bods maturing when the book moves ahead.

This book would be a great choice for them who like abominations and fantasy with a pinch of truthfulness.


Gaiman, Neil. 2009. The Graveyard Book. Great Britain: Bloomsbury Publishing Plc 36 Soho Square, London, WID 3QY

-Kristiina Matikainen

1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Lotta Toivanen
    Nov 19, 2010 @ 19:03:45

    Neil Gaiman is familiar to me only by his comics so this broadened my image of the author. (I did not know he also writes books!) Points for comparing this novel to Gaiman’s other book you’ve read, you have a fine point of view in there considering the characters.

    I noticed few brilliant synonyms that are new for me. In my opinion you have very exceptional vocabulary. This review is short enough and it contains nothing neither extra nor unimportant information. There’s a great balance between the plot summary and your opinions.

    And I agree with you; the opening sentence is pretty damn good! For me it could be the only reason to read the whole book.


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