“So the day became one of waiting, which was, he knew, a sin: moments were to be experienced; waiting was a sin against both the time that was still to come and the moments one was currently disregarding. ”
Another Neil Gaiman book.
This one I actually read a couple of months ago.
It’s called Neverwhere. I’ve mentioned it before, during my posts on American Gods and Anansi Boys.
Neverwhere is very similar to American Gods in that it’s all about exposing the “hidden” side of society. In American Gods and Anansi Boys, Gaiman tells stories about the secret side of America: the story of mythology and gods, old versus new.
In Neverwhere, Gaiman tells the story of London Below, of the people who have fallen through the cracks and have ended up living below London. These people are the ones who have been forgotten, and those in London Above don’t even know they exist once they’ve crossed over. Except one day, a girl from Below stumbles into Richard’s life and changes everything he thought he knew.
“He had noticed that events were cowards: they didn’t occur singly, but instead they would run in packs and leap out at him all at once.”
I love this story because it feels somewhat like an urban fairy tale. No fairies, but there is still magic and darkness and mythology, as is Neil Gaiman’s specialty.
“He had gone beyond the world of metaphor & simile into the place of things that are, and it was changing him.”
It’s mainly a story of getting lost to find yourself, and I think that’s a story that many people in the world can relate to. You think you know who you are until you find someone or something who changes that. Maybe you become someone else, or maybe you just discover who you’ve really been all along. For me, that’s what Neverwhere is about.
“I mean, maybe I am crazy. I mean, maybe. But if this is all there is, then I don’t want to be sane.”
Have any of you read Neverwhere (or any of Neil Gaiman’s other novels)?