I got this book as a gift years ago. Blame it on tsundoku, I never got around to reading it until now. While there’s a lingering feeling that I should have read it sooner, I’ve no doubt this was the time.
I didn’t know this book was partly inspired by The Jungle Book, and I just read that few days prior to starting this. So it’s almost kismet. A boy is found by spirits in a graveyard, and against the rules of the Graveyard, taken in to their protection, since the boy seems to be under threat from someone. He grows up in the graveyard, before venturing out under the watchful eyes of his guardian.
The character sketches are nice, and it was a fun read. Life in the graveyard can be so, apparently. Loved many of the characters like Liza Hempstock, Mrs Owens, Miss Lupescu, Scarlett etc. Their characters are memorable even though they are less prominent in the tale. My second favourite character was Silas, whose guardian skills were impressive. And the most interesting character was the Mowgli of this tale… Nobody “Bod” Owens. Who’s loved by the inhabitants of the graveyard but gets into trouble easily outside of it. His adventures were wonderful to read, especially in Ghulheim.
This is definitely a book that I will revisit, maybe often this year itself. Quite delightful! I can understand why it won the Newbery Honor and Carnegie Medal!
Title: The Graveyard Book
Author: Neil Gaiman
No. of Pages: 289
Rating: 9 out of 10