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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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It's like The Jungle Book, except with ghosts and vampires instead of wolves and panthers. This winner of pretty much every literary award known to man also gets a huge stamp of approval from me and the kids. When I finished reading it years ago, I couldn't wait until my kids were old enough for me to read it to them. It's a fun read that took us most of October to get through, and the kids seemed to enjoy it. ( )
  jaredhite1 | Oct 6, 2015 |
You've heard the expression "It takes a village to raise a child"? Well, how about, "it takes a graveyard"? That's where "Bod" (short for Nobody) Owens has lived, ever since he was a toddler and narrowly escaped being murdered with the rest of his family--the ghosts in the graveyard took him under their protection, and gradually he is learning how to Fade and Haunt and do other ghostly things. Yet he is a live boy, and longs to make a friend who's also alive. This is a very cool book that starts out pretty dramatically (with a knife-wielding murderer stalking a family!) but ends up going in places you don't expect. It's not so much a horror book as it is an endearing story about growing up and about families. But it is still way cool...

reviewed in 2008 ( )
  GoldieBug | Sep 19, 2015 |
For me, a Neil Gaiman book is either a massive hit or an exercise in finish-the-damn-book-because-you-bought-rather-than-borrowed-it. For perspective, here's my list:

  • [b:Neverwhere|14497|Neverwhere|Neil Gaiman|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1348747943s/14497.jpg|16534] - Loved it.

  • [b:Sandman|23754|The Sandman, Vol. 1 Preludes and Nocturnes|Neil Gaiman|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1300168497s/23754.jpg|1228437] - Meh.

  • [b:American Gods|4407|American Gods|Neil Gaiman|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1258417001s/4407.jpg|1970226] - Loved it!

  • [b:Anansi Boys|2744|Anansi Boys|Neil Gaiman|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1327870211s/2744.jpg|1007964] - Unghh...

And this one lands squarely in the middle of blah. It didn't have the frustrating writing style of Anansi Boys, but I couldn't get interested in either the characters or the plot. It felt like either could be changed out without really affecting the overall outcome of the book, which I felt was no big surprise.

I'll continue to read Mr. Gaiman's books, because he's got a great imagination, but I think I'll start borrowing them first.

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  liso | Sep 18, 2015 |
Well written but I just didn't enjoy the ghost aspect. Bored me when they appeared :0) ( )
  lauhlman | Sep 7, 2015 |
The story of a boy raised by the "inhabitants" of an cemetery is oddly plausible. A unique coming-of-age story, wryly humorous but keeping a straight face through-out. One chapter (#4) is also included in Gaiman's book "M is for Magic". (Review copied from copy-1) ( )
  librisissimo | Aug 31, 2015 |
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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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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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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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