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This is a delightful story, it starts with a murder but if you think about it, a lot of fairy tales are filled with murder and child abuse and other nasty things. The main characters of this story are a baby who wanders into a graveyard, the inhabitants of the graveyard (ghosts), Silas (who is not of the living or the dead but has ‘rights’ to the graveyard) and a man named Jack. The baby is named Nobody, he is called Bod by his friends. He is a normal boy, subject to a normal boy’s desires, he is educated by the ghosts and Silas takes care of his needs. He is safe in the graveyard, outside is the man Jack who still searches for him.
Neil Gaiman is a masterful storyteller, after I read this I listened to “The Neil Gaiman Audio Collection”, it is a collection of short stories read by Mr. Gaiman and includes an interview with him by his daughter. As they say, it was short and sweet. Back to the Graveyard, Mr. Gaiman weaves a story with his words, he keeps Bod a real boy who although obedient is also curious and sometimes misbehaves. He is also smart and learns his lessons. I can’t say what they are because that would be spoilers.
The synopsis of this book on GoodReads calls The Graveyard Book ‘a luminous new novel’ ‘sure to enthrall readers of all ages’, I have to admit I agree with those statements.