But what better time consider graveyards than Halloween.
Neil Gaiman's THE GRAVEYARD BOOK, it had just won the Newbery. I had it from the library. I was busy and didn't finish. I couldn't renew it. I returned it, unfinished. Hate when that happens.
Recently, it came up in my Critique Group's meeting. A reminder I needed to read this book.
I thought it might creep me out. A lot of ghostly stuff does.
But I loved it even more than I expected. Reading it right through probably helped. And I'm a big fan of old cemeteries.
Two of my favorite quotes:
Silas, advising and teaching young Bod:
"It's like the people who believe they'll be happy if they go and live somewhere else, but who learn it doesn't work that way. Wherever you go, you take yourself with you."
Nehemiah Trot, also to Bod:
"If you dare nothing, then when the day is over, nothing is all you will have gained."
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And because I do love wandering through old cemeteries, reading headstones, imagining the stories as much as Alan Gurganus does, check out this. Fun reading on Halloween!