Adults follow paths. Children explore.
This novel follows the thoughts,philosophy, fears and dreams of a seven year old. This nameless boy along with his only friend, Lettie Hempstock unintentionally bring back a nasty other-worldly creature that disguises itself as human to torment him.
On the outside, this is a children’s novel, but we find a lot of doctrines to reflect on. Age twists recollection; reality is skewered by time’s smokescreen.The book shows the volatile nature of memory.
“You’ll not get any two people to remember anything the same, whether they were there or not”
Neil Gaiman’s ability to spin fiction is brilliant. I was never bored. I was only left astounded by the end. The characters were charismatic, the Hempstock women especially make an impression on us for their wit and magic. Of course the timeline was muddled and I struggled towards the end to gauge if I was reading about the little boy or the grown-up.
I hear the Hempstock women make an appearance in other novels by Gaiman. Needless to say, I’m excited to read them !!