THE GRAVEYARD BOOK

AUTHOR- NEIL GAIMAN

PUBLISHED IN-2008

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SPOILERS AHEAD.

It had been a while since I read any fantasy book and this one proved to be thoroughly entertaining.

A group of ‘magicians’ are out to kill a boy who is supposed to get rid of their clan as he gets old. They heard it from an old prophecy. So, this man Jack kills the boy’s family and before he could kill the boy himself, the folks of the nearby graveyard help me out. A couple from the graveyard adopts the baby boy and name him Nobody Owens. The inhabitants of the graveyard promise to protect the baby and help in the upbringing. The next fourteen years of Bod’s (short for Nobody) life is depicted with him learning the ways of the Dead and how he can protect himself when the time comes. And of course, the final battle occurs between the man Jack and him. He defeats him and his purpose is completed. The graveyard folk bid him farewell as he then goes to live with the Living.

All in all, the book kept me hooked, so that was good. I couldn’t help but draw parallels of certain aspects of the book with Harry Potter : the prophecy that the baby boy would kill them, the death of the parents by the antagonist, the beings preparing Bod for the final battle, etc. There was especially one part where I was like, ‘Oh shoot, it is Harry Potter!’ when Bod and his friend Scarlett go over to a Mr.Frost’s house upon his invitation that he will tell Bod why the men were after him. It turns out in the next scene that Mr.Frost is the man Jack himself (Mr. Jack Frost? Clever.) and attempts to kill Bod. Remember when in Harry Potter Deathly Hallows, Harry and Hermione follow Bathilda Bagshot in her house who only invites Harry to talk to her and in turns out that Bathilda was Nagini herself as she tries to kill him?! When I was reading the former one, I was thinking that had Bod read Harry Potter, he wouldn’t have followed Mr.Frost. :’)

Anyway, it was a fun read. And I came across this wonderful piece of ‘knowledge’ :

“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.”

This happens when Bod asks his godfather, Silas if he could just stay with the Dead forever. It is something to think about, eh?

“It’s like the people who believe they’ll be happy if they go and live somewhere else, but who learn it doesn’t work that way. Wherever you go, you take yourself with you. If you see what I mean.”

This one is good too. I mean that’s the human tendency, thinking that maybe a change of environment will do him good but of course, that’s just the taming of overgrown branches. Unless the root of the problem has been addressed, everything else is just temporary.