Nobody Owens

I readed a novel called “The Graveyard Book” by Neil Gaiman and I picked the main character of book for my analyse. His name is Nobody Owens, also known to friends as Bob.

Nobody Owens got his exceptional name from Mr. Owens and his wife Mrs. Owens. They found him from the street when he was only two years old. His parents got killed at the same night by a cold-blooded killer who tried also kill Bod, but he found only a teddy bear from the cot. Bod’s curiousity saved him from sure death. He is a blond hair boy with courage and passion.

Bod lives in the graveyard. He is teached by Silas and Miss Lupescu and they train Bod to survive and decide his own destiny. He learned many helpful skills.

Here is snatch from the text, when Bod meets the oldest one in the graveyard: “Are you the oldest? asked Bod.” “The oldest in the graveyard? I am.” “So you were the first to be buried here?” A hesitation. “Almost the first,” said Caius Pompeius.”.

10 difficult words and translations:

  1. debate = väittely, kiivas keskustelu
  2. determined = määrätietoinen, päättäväinen
  3. reluctantly = vastahakoisesti
  4. withering = musertava, kuihtuva
  5. conquered = vallata, voittaa (imperfekti-muoto)
  6. encountered = kohdata, tavata sattumalta (imperfekti-muoto)
  7. punctuated = höystää, katkaista toistuvasti (imperfekti-muoto)
  8. hesitation = epäröinti, epäröiminen
  9. boulder = lohkare, järkäle
  10. coiled = kiemurainen




Neil Gaiman, 2008, “The Graveyard Book”, United Kingdom


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Mikko Hallikainen
    Nov 21, 2010 @ 20:05:42

    Thanks also here for the feedback!

    Yeah, about the Bob/Bod thing, I remembered wrong when I wrote this and when I was finding hard words I noticed that characters nickname is Bod, not Bob. 🙂


  2. Niklas Georgsson
    Nov 21, 2010 @ 19:37:21

    This title is quite normal and it could have been better in my opinion. This analysis is quite short and it doesn’t really tell much about your character. One thing that I was confused about was that you said at the beginning of your text that Nobody Owens, also known to friends as bob and later you used the name bod so Im not sure what it really is. Your mindmap is good and the picture of the book fits nicely to your text and the words you have translated are hard but useful. I think that you could have put little more effort to this because the text is quite short and it doesn’t tell much about this Nobody Owens guy.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

Blog Stats

  • 93,942 hits
%d bloggers like this: