Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

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Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

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Kelly’s pick: I recently reread Neverwhere for the first time since the first time I read it, back in high school, and it was wonderful to revisit a book I’d loved as a teen as an adult and realize that a lot of the themes I love now were things that were seeded by this book. Gaiman’s hero’s journey through the mythical London underground is a story which delights in the in-between—denizens of London Below are nearly invisible to normal Londoners, there are whole pockets which exist outside of linear time, and protagonist Door can literally create and manipulate doorways. Thresholds and liminality are among my favourite things in literature, and Neverwhere is chock-full of them. Also: people who speak to rats, an order of Black Friars, a king’s court on a train, and, of course, a Beast.

About the book: Richard Mayhew is a young man with a good heart and an ordinary life, which is changed forever when he stops to help a girl he finds bleeding on a London sidewalk. His small act of kindness propels him into a world he never dreamed existed. There are people who fall through the cracks, and Richard has become one of them. And he must learn to survive in this city of shadows and darkness, monsters and saints, murderers and angels, if he is ever to return to the London that he knew.

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