Morning air has a distinct chill, the leaves are turning, and divers are filling their heads with thoughts of cider, pumpkins, and preparations for Halloween or Dia de los Muertos.
To capture the building mood, our October Dive ventures into deeper realms and features the tale of Nobody Owens, aka Bod, protagonist of Neil Gaiman‘s acclaimed novel, The Graveyard Book. Copies are available now at Valley Bookseller on the Book Club shelf. From The New York Times:
“The Graveyard Book,” by turns exciting and witty, sinister and tender, shows Gaiman at the top of his form.
The story opens with a pretty terrifying situation: a man has slaughtered a family in the middle of the night, all save a toddler who escapes unnoticed, walking out the front door and away from the mayhem. (Parents may worry about the violence, but they shouldn’t. The action isn’t described, and the fourth-grade class I read the book to had no problem whatsoever.)
Up the hill trots the toddler, to a graveyard full of ghosts who take him in. The tone shifts elegantly from horror to suspense to domesticity, and by the end of the first chapter Gaiman has established the graveyard as the story’s center.
Challenge divers will want to delve into the darkest regions of Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book and be ready to draw comparisons between the perils that befall Mowgli and Bod. Divers who have access to an e-reader or mobile device may want to experiment with downloading a free version of The Jungle Book or reading this classic online thanks to Project Gutenberg.
As usual, our scheduled Dive Time is the 4th Sunday of the month at 1:30pm, which falls on 10/27. You always have the option of checking the dive clock countdown on our homepage. ETA: And, in the spirit of our post on special book events in September, we should point out that October is National Reading Group Month!