Young Reader in the Making

Young Reader in the Making

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Book 276: Neverwhere

Neverwhere, by Neil Gaiman, HarperCollins 1996.

I adore Neil Gaiman's writing, and Alice in Wonderland, so, of course, I loved this book.

Gaiman's Wonderland is more of a London Underworld, or, even more accurately, London's underbelly.  I kept thinking, this could be Paris!, with its notorious sewer system and catacombs.

Gaiman creates such fantastic fantastical characters in a world so dark that some of the inhabitants have gone blind.  But, every so often, there is a brilliant flash of humor that relieves the darkness and keeps the reader well away from the Tube's underground train tracks.  And, curiouser and curiouser, makes the reader want revisit, and long for, that world.

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