The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

March 29, 2015

A great book such as this, how do I begin writing about it?


In this Newbery Medal-winning novel, Bod is an unusual boy who inhabits an unusual place—he's the only living resident of a graveyard. Raised from infancy by the ghosts, werewolves, and other cemetery denizens, Bod has learned the antiquated customs of his guardians' time as well as their ghostly teachings—such as the ability to Fade so mere mortals cannot see him.

Can a boy raised by ghosts face the wonders and terrors of the worlds of both the living and the dead? And then there are being such as ghouls that aren't really one thing or the other.

The Graveyard Book
Neil Gaiman
ISBN 13: 9780060530921
HarperCollins Publishers
336 Pages
Rating: ♣♣♣♣♣

The Graveyard Book won the Newbery Medal and the Carnegie Medal and is a Hugo Award Winner for Best Novel.


I am completely aware that this is a children’s fiction book. I wasn’t a fan of the cover design although I loved the embossed author name and book title in gold. As you flip through the pages in the book, you will see a number of illustrations that helped bring forth the book’s mood, it’s dark and scary like a graveyard. I loved the illustrations!

I’ve just read some few pages in the book and heard myself saying, “Wow!”. Neil Gaiman is indeed a master storyteller. I’ve read “Coraline” and listened to the audiobook of “The Ocean at the End of the Lane.” This man is truly gifted, a genius. I found myself saying to my sister, “This is one beautiful book!” every time a few more pages.

Who could imagine a baby growing up in the graveyard, fostered by people who has already passed on to the after life. A baby who’s education was taught by masters of the past who were buried in the graveyard. A baby who was given the Freedom of the Dead, who is able to walk through walls and fade like ghosts, whose guardian is not alive nor dead. A boy who doesn’t know anything beyond the graveyard, whose norms is that of what he can see and experience within the graveyard. It’s brilliant!

The book reminds me of what it’s like having a child like imagination, of ghosts, werewolves, witches, magic, ghosts, precious tombs, secrets of the dead coming alive in a fiction book. A twists that can happen in real life, losing a family, not knowing who you really are and where you come from, experiencing the disappointment that “alive” people experience makes the fiction story feel real. Of when “Bod” grows up and the people who he grew up seeing is no longer there, when he was forced to live because he still have more years ahead of him, how he has to truly live and experience how it is to be alive.

..where, we as human beings must fight to survive life’s difficulties and to experience more of what life, the world of the living can offer because once you’re dead that’s it.

It’s so beautiful!

PLEASE READ THE BOOK. I do recommend!
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