Neverwhere

Posted 2005-11-07 @ 10:41:23 In articles > reviews

Neverwhere is a general must read, yet it is even more prominently so if you have ever lived in or visited London . The story subverts the dreary grey and green that is London into the darkest shade of black and bloody splattered red that is Gaimanís underworld.

It sports two of my favourite characters in literary history; enter Mr Vandemar and Mr Croup respectively, assassins extraordinaire who have "a great regard for changing things from being alive to being dead."

One thing a fan soon realises is that unlike most successful stories, it is very difficult to explain a Gaiman plot or character to someone who’s never read any of his work. With Neverwhere I tentatively began explaining a particularly macabre puppy eating scene to a friend of mine that promptly ended with an "eeuw gross." The offensive passage:

’Is now,’ said Mr Vandemar, and he ate another slice of raw puppy. He had found his lunch lying dead in a ditch, while they were walking away from the monastery. He liked the sixteenth century.

Literature quite honestly becomes good enough to eat, the measured way in which Gaiman uses devices like tone and pace to deliver particularly disturbing scenes, with an innocent almost unaware flare - will have any sceptic begging for more.

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