Intention

I’ve heard a lot about Neil Gaiman and how good his stories are. I also kept seeing his books pop up on lists of audiobooks, and he is a great narrator. I requested The Graveyard Book from the library just before Christmas, but the hold line for this one was a little long. The wait was worth it.

About the Book

Without giving too much away (or ruining Neil Gaiman’s writing style and how he discloses information), this book is about a boy who grows up in a graveyard. Nobody Owens, who goes by “Bod,” is safe in the graveyard. His guardian, Silas, is content to keep him there.

The Graveyard Book

Notes

  • This book gave me an entertaining way to spend some treadmill miles. Winter decided to return to Denver, and it’s been dumping snow about every other day. Thanks to Neil’s writing talent, I saw this whole book played out as a movie in my head.
  • This is another book that feels a little lonely. I seem to be in a pattern of reading books where the main character must grow up on their own. (like Where the Crawdads Sing)
  • As ominous and dark as this book felt at times, Bod remained courageous and sweet throughout the story. He’s a hero I was happy to root for.

Favorite Quotes

“If you dare nothing,
then when the day is over,
nothing is all you will have gained.”

“People want to forget the impossible. It makes their world safer.”

“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.”

“Sleep my little baby-oh
Sleep until you waken
When you wake you’ll see the world
If I’m not mistaken…

Kiss a lover
Dance a measure,
Find your name
And buried treasure…

Face your life
Its pain,
Its pleasure,
Leave no path untaken.”

“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.”

“You’re always you, and that don’t change, and you’re always changing, and there’s nothing you can do about it.”