Thursday, June 25, 2009

We Interrupt this Fascinating Travel Log...

The Graveyard Book The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

My review

rating: 5 of 5 stars
May I begin by telling my good friend Jenifer "thank you" for suggesting this book--especially in its audio form (a second plug by Grammar Girl was also appreciated).

I loved The Graveyard Book's originality, especially because it is geared towards younger readers. This book is exciting and charming. The main character, Bod (short for Nobody) is endearing, as are many of the other characters. After being untimely orphaned, Bod is taken in by the inhabitants of a graveyard. He grows up there and is taught a variety of lessons by those who are buried there. He often refers to the inhabitants by their name, birth and death dates and epitaph. He struggles with his desire to be among those who are breathing and his need to have the graveyard's protection from those who want him dead.

I can't pretend that I didn't wonder about certain things: where does he bathe?, who washes his clothing?, and, is there a restroom in the graveyard? But all of these questions seem unimportant in the end.

As an adult I was actually nervous bordering on down-right scared at times. It is a suspenseful and sometimes touching tale.

Audio review: I almost feel like you would be missing out more than a little bit by only reading this book. It is read by the author who does a very impressive job. The variations in language and accent are spot on. Excellent!

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Jenifer Pullman said...

Oh Yeah!!! Great review! So glad you bumped that up on your summer reading list.

Linda said...

I'll have to read that book or get the audio for it. Love your reviews!

Lisa said...

Thank you, this is going on my "to read" list. I still have Multiple Blessings if you want it. I'll bring it to church and you can get it from me in the Primary room if you still want to read it.

It was so nice meeting you after reading your blog for so long. Hannah misses Sage :)