For this final installment of our discussion of The Graveyard Book, I just thought I’d record some of my thoughts. Feel free to add your own in the comments.
First, I realized later that in my last post, I should have turned the question around and asked: is the author relying too much on the
conventions of fantasy. If so, how does this affect readers who might be new to these conventions?
I know we’ve had a terrific discussion of the book’s plot and the gaps people see in it. However, I think that the plot is really just a framework for the book. I think the point of the book was to offer vignettes in the life of a child who happens to be growing up in a graveyard. I find it fascinating how the author approaches different phases of childhood in the context of the graveyard: Bod learning his letters from the gravestones, venturing beyond the graveyard to get a headstone for the witch, and finally growing up in facing the Jacks.
Ok, on to the next book!