Monday, 3 June 2013

Coraline by Neil Gaiman

“Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.” 

Coraline is a delightfully short and creepy book, a story that is both appealing to adults and children alike.

Coraline is a clever and curious child who is often misunderstood by her parents. She loves to explore and on one particular boring and rainy afternoon she finds a mysterious door in her house that leads to no-where. Coraline can't let the mystery of the door rest and soon she finds a whole new 'other' world.

I love the character of Coraline, she has a wonderful imagination and is extremely brave and has a rather quirky sense of humour. Through the book she grows and learns and finds courage and wisdom to save herself and her parents.

“Because,' she said, 'when you're scared but you still do it anyway, that's brave”

 The Cat who has no name and cats require no names, is one of my highlights from this book. he is sarcastic and witty and his personality is exactly how I imagine a cat would be if they could talk.

Gaimans writing defines dark and creepy and the images in the book are enough to scare anyone. His descriptions of the other mother and other father become more and more disturbing as the book progress. A great introduction into Neil Gaiman and fans of his other work won't be disappointed.
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