Coraline: Neil Gaiman

Novel Information (Taken from Wikipedia)

Country: United Kingdom

Language: English

Publication Date: January 24, 2002

Pages: 160

Narration: Third Person

Author Website:


CiSu’s Review

Coraline (the name actually the result of mistyping Caroline – per the author in the interview added at the end of the book), is a very compelling read for children and adults alike. The story is about a young girl who loves to explore and ends up in a parellel world of her own with very subtle differences. At first things seem wonderful, but soon Coraline is introduced to the horrors and truly terrifying “other mother” who resides there.

Coraline’s experiences are those of a real-life nightmare, where things aren’t what they seem, change happens constantly and without question, and suddenly the warm feeling you had upon entering your dream turns cold and terrifying. Throughout all the terrors that Coraline faces, she remains brave, and her bravery is brought forth by the memories she shared with her parents – parents who are given a very cold and uncaring demeanour in the first half of the novel.

Although detached from the story, I felt like a parent watching Coraline face her fears, and cheering her on whenever she succeeded. I also felt that the novel was very family oriented, even though there are few happy family moments. Coraline’s parents are too busy working to play with her, and often ignore her wishes even when her opinion is asked. Still, Gaiman manages to make the entire story revolve around family and Coraline’s love for her real parents despite their flaws and adventurous cooking.

Overall, I enjoyed the book as it was an easy read, kept a good pace, and was filled with some of the most unique characters I’ve read about. Not to mention there is a black cat who kicks some serious butt, both with his sarcastic and aloof manners, as well as with his claws.

Although I wouldn’t say this is a must read, I would recommend it as something that you should take the time to read somewhere in your lifetime. Perhaps on a rainy day when you can’t go out exploring.


2 thoughts on “Coraline: Neil Gaiman

  1. I loved this book. I think there was a very strong “be grateful for what you have” element to the book. Even though Coraline’s parents weren’t perfect, the “Other Mother” taught her to love and appreciate them anyway.

    On a side note, I had no idea that her name originated that way. That makes it funnier, when characters in the book are constantly getting her name mixed up with Caroline 🙂

    • I strongly agree with your statement and I could probably write a paragraph rambling on why it’s so true, but I will save that for now and simply agree with you.

      Lol! Yes indeed it is and I’m glad I could share that with you 🙂

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