Coraline

Anonymous (@) 8 years, 2 months ago

I know its marketed as a “children’s book” and the writing might be a bit simplistic (one of its charms, in my opinion), but this book is definitely a head trip, and really insightful and well crafted. There’s some great dark humor in there, too. Can anyone recommend other books like this?

“What’s your name,’ Coraline asked the cat. ‘Look, I’m Coraline. Okay?’
‘Cats don’t have names,’ it said.
‘No?’ said Coraline.
‘No,’ said the cat. ‘Now you people have names. That’s because you don’t know who you are. We know who we are, so we don’t need names.”

“How do I know you’ll keep your word?” asked Coraline.
“I swear it,” said the other mother. “I swear it on my own mother’s grave.”
“Does she have a grave?” asked Coraline.
“Oh yes,” said the other mother. “I put her in there myself. And when I found her trying to crawl out, I put her back.”

“For a moment she felt utterly dislocated. She did not know where she was; she was not entirely sure who she was. It is astonishing just how much of what we are can be tied to the bed we wake up in in the morning and it is astonishing how fragile that can be.”

September 26, 2013 at 10:05 pm
Cody (472) (@versai) 8 years, 2 months ago ago

@synapse, I saw the movie and thought it was pretty cute. Sounds like the book would allow more time for deeper thought and introspection. Have you read other books by Neil Gaiman? You’d probably like them.

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Anonymous (16) (@) 8 years, 2 months ago ago

@versai, yeah i watched the movie before I even knew about the book, i love the stop-motion and visual style, its just great to look at. and not yet, but I have his Neverwhere book so i’ll be sure to check that out next

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ELizard (229) (@heavydreamz) 8 years, 2 months ago ago

@synapse, watching the movie, i can already see many enlightened themes

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ellen (3) (@sablewinters) 8 years, 2 months ago ago

You should read The Graveyard Book, also by Neil Gaiman I believe. It’s one of my favorites. It too is written as a children’s book but has a lot of deeper messages and dark humor. I hope you love it!

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