Genre: Horror-fantasy, modern-classic
Pages: 162 pages, Paperback
Published: Jan 1st, 2002 by William Morrow Paperbacks
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I found out about this book and the author itself while I was exploring Goodreads.com . The name and the cover immediately caught my attention as I clicked on it to learn more about it. I haven’t read any horror books for some time and the summary seemed creepy and appealing to me and within a few days I buyed this book. And I am glad to say I was definitely not disappointed.
Coraline is a short but delightfully creepy and a dark book. Coraline, who everyone mistakenly calls Caroline, moves into a big old house which was once a large estate, but now divided into flats. Her parents can’t spare any time for her as they are mostly busy doing their boring works. While Coraline gets bored within a short span of time as there is not much to explore as she wants something new, an adventure, even if it might be dangerous. Finally she finds a mysterious door which sometimes appear to have been enclosed with a brick wall seperating their house from the other flats and sometimes it appears to have a passageway, which is actually leading to the other world. She decides to explore the mysterious passgeway and from this her adventure actually begins.
The character of Coraline is clever, curious, quirky, determined adventurous and not afraid of danger. Although she is only a child but she is mature enough which is proven in this line-
“I don’t want whatever I want. Nobody does. Not really. What kind of fun would it be if I just got everything I ever wanted just like that, and it didn’t mean anything? What then?”
The story is intense yet fun with an equally mixture of creepiness. I especially loved the conversation between Coraline and the cat who had an equally important part in this story. Neil Gaiman uses a simple language which makes this story much more delightful to read. This book was indeed creepy. I couldn’t put it down once I started and finished it at one go. All in all, I enjoyed this book throughly and loved every bit of this modern fairy tale.
It is indeed-
“Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.”