Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Neverwhere Read-along. Conclusion

This week Carl asked us write our thoughts on the conclusion of the story. In some ways it would have been easier to answer another round of questions! However, after some thinking, here goes.

Hunter:  Hunter's betrayal of Door was shocking, but, in a way, not surprising.  Her pursuit of the Beast was always more important to her than any other quest. She would have died satisfied.

Door: Door has developed into a force to be reckoned with. It would be interesting to go back and see what she has managed to achieve in London Below.

The Angel Islington: Got his just desserts. It is deeply satisfying that Door managed to trick him.

The Marquis de Carabas: Ah, the Marquis. He came through at the end, for Door and for Richard. Yay.

Richard: Richard has grown so much, especially once he realised that what he wanted wasn't what he thought he wanted. His final scene with Jessica was touching, and he handled it so well. It could have gone either way, but he chose correctly, I think. The scene with the old lady with the umbrella that once might have been white brought him in full circle from the prologue.

I enjoyed the story immensely. It will stand a third reading at some stage, I know. But, now I have to watch the TV series again, book in hand, to track down what went in the book that wasn't on screen. And get hold of an original edition of the book to see what else has changed.

In a sense the whole book is a kind of floating market - it is different in each appearance.


  1. I only learned about the BBC tv series after reading the book. Did you know that Gaiman wrote the book after he wrote the story for the tv series? I just learned that from reading the author's introduction in the author's perferred text version of the book. So interesting!

  2. I was so glad that Door didn't give in to stop them from torturing Richard, but rather had an intelligent plan for stopping Islington. I panicked a bit during that scene because I was afraid that characters that I was attached to would die (or die again, in the case of the Marquis).