Tuesday, January 26, 2010
The Graveyard Book
I've been a fan of Neil Gaimon's books for quite some time. I would love to spend some time in that man's mind. Some of you may recognize him from the bestseller Coraline.
A quick thought on Coraline. Did you read the book or see the movie? I did. I read the book and wondered if it would terrify a child. I mean, the parents want her to sew buttons in her eyes. Sew buttons in her eyes for goodness sake. Thats kind of freaky. But I think maybe I'm the only child around here with the hyper-active imagination.
The Graveyard Book starts with a dark scene involving the murder of an entire family, with the exception of a toddler who leaves the house and heads up the street towards a cemetery. It is in this cemetery that Bod (who's full name is Nobody Owens) is raised.
The story is full of the multi-generational characters (ghosts) that raise Bod, as well as living characters and Silas who is neither alive nor dead. We follow Bod as he grows up and finds himself in a variety of situations and adventures. It is very much a coming-of-age story that draws many paralells to the process of leaving the safety of your home and heading into the great unknown. Gaiman references Kipling's The Jungle Book as a source of inspiration.
As always with Gaiman, the story is both sinister and uplifting. I thought the book was lovely and warm, despite the many suspenseful moments, with a few great life lessons thrown in. The Graveyard Book has won both the Hugo award and the Newberry Award.
Have you read it? What did you think?
A quick note that has absolutely nothing to do with The Graveyard Book. My amazing and fantastic photographer Adrienne Gunde who did our awesome "Vintage Picnic" engagement shoot has been nominated for Poppytalk Awards. So please head on over and vote for them here!