My Thoughts About Coraline by Neil Gaiman (Book Review #9)

“Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.” ― Neil Gaiman, Coraline


The first Neil Gaiman book that I read.

The novel is about Coraline, a young girl who moved into a new apartment with her family. A young girl, who because of her curiosity stumbled upon an alternate world, after exploring a locked door in her new house, where she needs to battle it out to go out. Backed by her “never-give-up” attitude, stubborness on the side and quirkiness the author presented a character that anyone would hard to forget. The plot even more thickened after she successfully fled out of that world which made the story even more creepier.

Narration is good. Gaiman used simple words but with depth to it. He was able to create a vivid picture of the world with just little words.

3The author was able to perfectly execute to have the novel be funny and creepy at the same time. Wordings were made simple that made the novel not only appealing to young audiences but also to adults. Gaiman is very good in characterization. The array of characters were presented in a way that each would have its own spotlight and moment. The novel also has added elements of animals speaking that spiced up the novel even more.

The author was able to portray how children’s fear could at times be adult’s fear too. The feeling of being left alone, the feeling where there’s like no way out, the feeling that life seems to be the boring and the same everyday of your life. And we share the same feeling that during those times we’ll do anything to get our way out.Want to read the book?

You’re in for a surreal adventure. 🙂


“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.”
― Neil Gaiman, Coraline

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