Friday, December 4, 2015

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

Gaiman, N. (2008). The graveyard book. NY: HarperCollins.

A cemetery is raising Nobody Owens. After the awful murder of his entire family, a cemetery of ghosts promises his dead mother that they will take care of him. Nobody Owens is raised and educated by ghosts. When the man that killed Bod’s family returns to finish him, the whole graveyard must help Nobody to eliminate The Man Named Jack and his evil society once and for all.

Neil Gaiman authors an excellent example of theme and style. Nobody Owens is at the center of a plot bigger than anyone involved. It spans centuries and continents. Good vs evil is battling throughout the book and after the climax of the book we are left with hope for Bod's future. The author's use of style keeps the graveyard world feeling real and engaging. The pacing, dialogue, and descriptions allows Gaiman to create a framework that encourages the reader to believe in the fantasy world of ghosts and Jacks.

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