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A temető könyve by Neil Gaiman
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A temető könyve (original 2008; edition 2010)

by Neil Gaiman, Zoltán Pék (Translator)

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Member:TheCrow2
Title:A temető könyve
Authors:Neil Gaiman
Other authors:Zoltán Pék (Translator)
Info:Agave
Collections:Your library
Rating:****1/2
Tags:regény, novel

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The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman (2008)

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A murderer is creeping up the stairs having already dispatched the mother, father and the sister. But the baby boy escapes and hides in a graveyard where he is taken in and protected by the residents. Nobody Owens grows up in the graveyard, safe there but not in the outside world. But he knows that one day he will have to confront the his family's killer.
This was a great little read...highly original and written with a deft hand. The characters are wonderful, and Nobody's explorations of the graveyard reveal people with the full gamut of personalities and emotions as well as some truly horrible monsters. Highly recommended. ( )
  mmacd3814 | May 30, 2016 |
The Graveyard Book – Neil Gaiman
5 stars
I’ve joined the club. I’m an official Neil Gaiman fan. The Graveyard Book has to be one of the most unique stories I’ve ever read. It had the effect of turning all other horror stories on their heads. Everything that should be terrifying; graveyards, ghosts, dead people, werewolves, are commonplace, loving and heroic.
The world outside the graveyard is full of cruelty, deception and terror. I’ve listened to several books this month and Neil Gaiman’s Graveyard Book and Coraline are by far my favorites.
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  msjudy | May 30, 2016 |
The story of Nobody Owens is a chapter by chapter explanation of his life over the years into adulthood. He finds himself the single surviver of a tragic episode, leaving him with a new family and place to call home. Neil Gaiman has beautifully crafted this story with the use of episodic chapters. Each one contains the readers interest as an individual lesson, and memoir into Bod's life.

Bod represents the lostness of adolescence. He finds friends in unlikely places, who are not among the living, but he also learns from the other side of life as he grows older and ventures outside the gates of "home."

I would recommend this book to any reader, it holds the captivation of the audience, while being interesting to a number of readers (not just adolescents). ( )
  Literature_Owl | May 26, 2016 |
A toddler’s family is killed and he alone escapes unseen. A plea from his recently deceased mother touches an elderly couple who take the boy as their own to raise. But they have been long dead and their home is the graveyard. They name the boy Nobody – Bod for short – and they along with the other ghosts spend the next 16 years taking care of him. Also helping is Silas, not a ghost but also not a human and is quite secretive about where he goes and what he does. As boys tend to do, Bod gets in a fair amount of trouble, much of it being the “other-worldly” sort. The graveyard keeps Bod safe from those who wish him ill, but sooner or later, he must make his own way in the real world. Tinged with humor as well as dosed with scary bits, this children’s novel will appeal to all ages and to those who normally skip this genre. Masterfully written, this tale is well deserving of the many awards it has won. ( )
  Maydacat | May 9, 2016 |
I read this as part of a challenge through the school I work at. At first when I saw it I thought it looked nothing like anything I would ever choose to read, but once I started reading I couldn't put down. ( )
  Kimwallace | Apr 27, 2016 |
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Gaiman writes with charm and humor, and again he has a real winner.
added by lampbane | editVOYA, Rayna Patton (Jul 24, 2009)
 
Gaiman's narratives tend toward the episodic, and there are chapters of The Graveyard Book that could stand alone as discrete short stories. All the better for reading at bedtime, though, and what's lost in forward momentum is more than made up for by the outrageous riches of Gaiman's imagination
added by timspalding | editGuardian, Patrick Ness (Oct 25, 2008)
 
Like a bite of dark Halloween chocolate, this novel proves rich, bittersweet and very satisfying.
 
This is fine work, from beginning to end, and the best bedtime story read-aloud material I've encountered in a long time. Can't wait until my daughter's old enough to read this to.
added by lampbane | editBoing Boing, Cory Doctorow (Oct 10, 2008)
 
When the chilling moments do come, they are as genuinely frightening as only Gaiman can make them, and redeem any shortcomings.
added by lampbane | editPublishers Weekly, Reed Business Information
 

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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Neil Gaimanprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Iacobaci, GiuseppeTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
McKean, DaveIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Parpola, InkaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Plouhinec, Valérie LeTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Riddell, ChrisIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Epigraph
Rattle his bones
Over the stones
It's only a pauper
Who nobody owns


-- Traditional Nursery Rhyme
Dedication
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There was a hand in the darkness, and it held a knife.
Quotations
Fortinbras Bartleby, ten years old when he had died (of consumption, he had told Bod, who had mistakenly believed for several years that Fortinbras had been eaten by lions or bears, and was extremely disappointed to learn it was merely a disease), now apologized to Bod.
“You’re always you, and that doesn’t change, and you’re always changing, and there’s nothing you can do about it.”
Nehemiah Trot said, “Ah, list to me, young Leander, young Hero, young Alexander. If you dare nothing, then when the day is over, nothing is all you will have gained.”
“And for that reason, if for no other, it is vital that the child be raised with as little disruption as possible to the, if you’ll forgive the expression, the life of the graveyard.”
"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." p. 104
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Nobody Owens lost his "really" family when he was infant and became adopted by a ghost family in his local cemetery. Aside from having ghosts for parents and guardians he also persued by the mysterious man who killed his family.
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0060530928, Hardcover)

In The Graveyard Book, Neil Gaiman has created a charming allegory of childhood. Although the book opens with a scary scene--a family is stabbed to death by "a man named Jack” --the story quickly moves into more child-friendly storytelling. The sole survivor of the attack--an 18-month-old baby--escapes his crib and his house, and toddles to a nearby graveyard. Quickly recognizing that the baby is orphaned, the graveyard's ghostly residents adopt him, name him Nobody ("Bod"), and allow him to live in their tomb. Taking inspiration from Kipling’s The Jungle Book, Gaiman describes how the toddler navigates among the headstones, asking a lot of questions and picking up the tricks of the living and the dead. In serial-like episodes, the story follows Bod's progress as he grows from baby to teen, learning life’s lessons amid a cadre of the long-dead, ghouls, witches, intermittent human interlopers. A pallid, nocturnal guardian named Silas ensures that Bod receives food, books, and anything else he might need from the human world. Whenever the boy strays from his usual play among the headstones, he finds new dangers, learns his limitations and strengths, and acquires the skills he needs to survive within the confines of the graveyard and in wider world beyond. (ages 10 and up) -–Heidi Broadhead

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Nobody Owens is a normal boy, except that he has been raised by ghosts and other denizens of the graveyard.

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