The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

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I started writing a review for this book and couldn’t continue, wich was surprising considering how much I enjoyed it. I think the reason it’s basically that I was trying to summarize the story instead of telling you how much this book meant to me. It was a long time since I have read a children book and perhaps that affected the way I perceived it. The book is a marvelous mix of mistery, heart and memories, that it’s how I can best describe it. The story is loosely based in another children classic, the famous Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling and even though I have not read that one it’s now on my TBR list.

The Graveyard book starts off as any other regular mistery/horror, with murderer, our protagonist’s family murderer. And despite his very young age, Nobody Owens (yes that’s his name) slips inadvertently from the hands of the killer and finds himself wandering through an old graveyard that becomes his new home. In this dusty place he finds new parents, friends and even a scary godfather.

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My first experience with Neil Gaiman couldn’t have been better! It is an exceptional story, full with myths, magic and hard lessons to learn where I found myself admiring the resilence and ligthness of heart with which the main character goes through them. The book contains a series of lessons on life despite being told by ghosts.

The sweetness of novel is balanced out with the gothic elements, so you never feel overwhelmed by it. The characters feel genuine, their corky and otherwordly nature just makes you fall in love with everyone. One of my favorite books this year without a doubt.

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