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Book Review: The Graveyard Book, by Neil Gaiman

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!

A Score Of 9 Out Of 10

Book Details:
Title: The Graveyard Book
Author: Neil Gaiman
Genre: Fantasy
ISBN/ASIN: 9780747598848
No. of Pages: 289
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Rating: 9 out of 10

Vinay Leo R.
© A Bookworm’s Musing
10th Jan. 2019


Poetry and writing are to me, a breath of fresh air in a life that is sometimes covered by the smoke of sorrow or self doubt. They also become the sweets I share to celebrate when life offers me a reason to. But most of all, they are to me, my life. For each word I write is a piece of my heart, a thought that just had to find its way into the world.

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