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A temető könyve by Neil Gaiman

A temető könyve (original 2008; edition 2010)

by Neil Gaiman, Zoltán Pék (Translator)

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Title:A temető könyve
Authors:Neil Gaiman
Other authors:Zoltán Pék (Translator)
Collections:Your library
Tags:regény, novel

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The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman (2008)

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This story is about a little boy named Nobody who grows up in a graveyard, raised and protected by the ghosts of the dead buried there. I found it a very imaginative and clever concept, well executed. Although categorized as Young Adult, I would recommend this to people of all ages except young children (there are some gruesome murders in the beginning of the story). I loved the characters of Nobody and Silas, and am hoping the author brings them back at some point. ( )
  dorie.craig | Jun 22, 2017 |
A wonderfully macabre and touching tale of Nobody Owens and he childhood as a member of a graveyard. Truly an amazing read that ranks up there with some of the very best writing that Nail Gaiman has ever done. And that's saying a lot! ( )
  MerkabaZA | Jun 12, 2017 |
Bod Owens is being raised by ghosts in a graveyard after the murder of his family. This story contains a lot of interesting historical tidbits to explore and talk about with students. Since Bod is raised by dead people from several different centuries, his education is a little different from our own. But this also gives Bod a unique perspective about the world and how to solve his problems. A great book for discussing what freedom truly is. Bod has "the freedom of the graveyard," but what does that really mean?
  williamlong33 | Jun 11, 2017 |
(Read for Sci-fi/Fantasy Novel discussion) Tells the story of Bod, a boy who is raised by ghosts in a graveyard. Bod wrestles with choosing to either obey his guardians stay in the graveyard or leave its security to experience the outside world. This makes Bod relatable, as he reaches the stage of questioning those who have raised him, which most children do. Addressing the subject of fear through Bod's experiences puts the way we handle this basic human emotion into question. He has many experiences with creepy, supernatural creatures, but fear is also present in everyday situations, like the bullying incident Bod encounters during his brief time at school. This can be observed and analyzed, since Bod is looking at how bullies use fear as a way to control from an outsider's perspective. The book can prompt interesting topics for discussion while being an entertaining and engaging read.
  ZajiCox | Jun 6, 2017 |
Nobody Owens, or Bod as he is known around the graveyard, is an usual boy. Granted the Freedom of the Graveyard as a toddler when his family was brutally murdered and he toddled into the graveyard, he lives in a world of shadows. Living in the graveyard, his playmates are ghosts, his lessons consist of learning how to "fade" and why not to trust a ghoul. Silas, his undead guardian has assumed responsibility for Bod, ensuring he is fed and clothed, procuring things from the outside world that a growing child might need. Bod is never to leave the graveyard as the man, Jack, who murdered his family still hunts for him to finish the job he was tasked with completing, killing him. As Bod grows up into a young teen, he eventually must face the man Jack, but will he come away unscathed?

This book was a quirky and dark, full of rich and vibrant characters, which is kind of odd considering mostly all the characters are dead, or undead, or somewhere in between. (Also why does auto correct keep trying to change "undead" to "unread"? Apparently auto correct hasn't read much fantasy/fiction *sigh*) Bods adventures growing up in the graveyard were magical and fun to read, and his strength and fortitude were something I admired in a character. My personal favorite was his foray into ghoul world. (Note to self, never foray into ghoul world!) This is a book you could read solo as an adult, or read with your kids (though it's never childish) and enjoy it just the same. As an added bonus, the reading was punctuated by some pretty stellar illustrations by Dave McKean that really brought the book even more to life. ( )
  courtneygiraldo | Jun 1, 2017 |
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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)
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.
While “The Graveyard Book” will entertain people of all ages, it’s especially a tale for children. Gaiman’s remarkable cemetery is a place that children more than anyone would want to visit. They would certainly want to look for Silas in his chapel, maybe climb down (if they were as brave as Bod) to the oldest burial chamber, or (if they were as reckless) search for the ghoul gate. Children will appreciate Bod’s occasional mistakes and bad manners, and relish his good acts and eventual great ones. The story’s language and humor are sophisticated, but Gaiman respects his readers and trusts them to understand.

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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Neil Gaimanprimary authorall editionscalculated
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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Rattle his bones
Over the stones
It's only a pauper
Who nobody owns

-- Traditional Nursery Rhyme
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There was a hand in the darkness, and it held a knife.
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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