The Adventurous Adventure in A Graveyard // Book Review: The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman9:30 AM
Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn't live in a sprawling graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor of the dead. There are dangers and adventures in the graveyard for a boy - an ancient indigo man, a gateway to abandoned city of ghouls, the strange and terrible fleer. But if Bod leaves the graveyard, then he will be in danger from the man Jack - who has already killed Bod's family . . .
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“You're alive, Bod. That means you have infinite potential. You can do anything, make anything, dream anything. If you can change the world, the world will change. Potential. Once you're dead, it's gone. Over. You've made what you've made, dreamed your dream, written your name. You may be buried here, you may even walk. But that potential is finished.”
It started out okay, just like other novel, which made me wonder what's so special about this book (since it won an award). The writing is vivid and descriptive, it feels like reading a graphic novel. It gets more and more interesting afterwards.
I loved how the story started since Bod was a baby, until he was 15 years old. Each chapters indicating that a year has passed. I find the adventures he had in the graveyard are adorable, and I love all the headstones inscription. Bod is naive and curious, since he was raised in a graveyard and never seen the world outside.
"I want to see life. I want to hold it in my hands. I want to leave a footprint on the sand of a desert island. I want to play football with people. I want,' he said, and then he paused and he thought. 'I want everything."
WHICH IS WHY THAT ENDING BRINGS TEARS TO MY EYES. It was too sad! I mean, does it really has to end that way??