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A temető könyve (edition 2010)

by Neil Gaiman, Zoltán Pék (Translator)

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Title:A temető könyve
Authors:Neil Gaiman
Other authors:Zoltán Pék (Translator)
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Rating:****1/2
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The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

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If Kipling's 'Jungle Book' had a contemporary counterpart, this would be it: an orphaned infant boy raised in a cemetery by the spirits of the deceased. This (comparative) vein alone makes this a good read, and the judges thought so too, as it won the Newbery Medal in 2009. ( )
1 vote MomsterBookworm | Jul 14, 2014 |
I really wanted to like this book. I've heard so much about Neil Gaiman, but it was too far out of my comfort zone. It is a YA book about a boy who lives in a Graveyard, raised by ghosts who protect him from the man who killed his parents. I just didn't like it, but I thought it was well-written. I will read more by Gaiman. ( )
1 vote Bridget770 | Jul 8, 2014 |
Bod's family was murdered by the man Jack when he was a baby. He escaped to a local graveyard where the ghosts take Bod in until he is 15. The man Jack is still trying to find Bod during the whole time he is living at the graveyard. During his stay at the graveyard, Bod learns a lot;his letters, numbers and how to stand up for himself which prepares him for his meeting with the man Jack when he is 15.
  ashleyann65 | Jun 30, 2014 |
I read this with my book club, so for my review, I’ll share some of our observations. Many of us, myself included, enjoyed the references to popular mythology, although some people didn’t notice all of them. I think we all generally felt that the book read like a bunch of short stories which had been pasted together but were a bit disjointed and the ending was quite abrupt. On the other hand, we all loved the writing and drawings, both of which I thought worked well together to capture the emotion of different scenes. Like in Gaiman’s talk, I felt as though every word was carefully chosen. I was struck by the creepiness of these scenes he described, but even that was overshadowed by the beauty of the writing. This was a very cool, unique middle grade book.

This review first published on Doing Dewey. ( )
  DoingDewey | Jun 29, 2014 |
A retelling of The Jungle Book set in an English graveyard. In the opening scene a toddlers entire family is murdered but he escapes into a graveyard where is adopted by the ghosts, ghouls and other inhabitants therein. He grows up learning their ways, befriending them, but always torn between them and an interest in the outside world -- and the company of living people. But among those living people are the person who murdered his family and is still trying to track him down.

At its best the book is excellent. But it can be a bit uneven, meandering, and more obvious in places. Overall, however, falling short of perfection is not an argument against reading this very imaginative book. ( )
  nosajeel | Jun 21, 2014 |
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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)
 
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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Neil Gaimanprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Iacobaci, GiuseppeTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
McKean, DaveIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Parpola, InkaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Plouhinec, Valérie LeTranslatorsecondary 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.
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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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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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