Coraline’s often wondered what’s behind the locked door in the drawing room. It reveals only a brick wall when she finally opens it, but when she tries again later, a passageway mysteriously appears. Coraline is surprised to find a flat decorated exactly like her own, but strangely different. And when she finds her “other” parents in this alternate world, they are much more interesting despite their creepy black button eyes. When they make it clear, however, that they want to make her theirs forever, Coraline begins a nightmarish game to rescue her real parents and three children imprisoned in a mirror. With only a bored-through stone and an aloof cat to help, Coraline confronts this harrowing task of escaping these monstrous creatures.
Gaiman has delivered a wonderfully chilling novel, subtle yet intense on many levels. The line between pleasant and horrible is often blurred until what’s what becomes suddenly clear, and like Coraline, we resist leaving this strange world until we’re hooked. Unnerving drawings also cast a dark shadow over the book’s eerie atmosphere, which is only heightened by simple, hair-raising text. Coraline is otherworldly storytelling at its best.
MY RATING: ★★★★★
This is my first Gaiman book and I can say that I enjoyed it! I also learned a lot from it and I love how Coraline and I shared the same name!
Three lessons that this book has taught me:
- It takes a lot of courage to be brave. To quote what Coraline said, "When you’re afraid but you still do it anyway, that’s brave." There are times when I worry so much about almost anything that it even came to a point when my constant worrying was already interfering with the way I handle situations. However, after reading this quote from Coraline, I realized that worrying too much is unhealthy. While it’s really normal to worry and be afraid, I should not let it distract and stop me from reaching my goals. I should always bear in mind that challenges make the victory sweeter and more worthwhile.
- Curiosity can kill a cat but let us not forget that curiosity is also the mother of all inventions. Coraline is a curious little girl. One day, she got bored and so she decided to explore around their house. While exploring, she discovered a secret door in their drawing room and because of her curiosity and boredom, she entered the secret room. There she found a weird and creepy alternate universe where her parents have button for eyes. Her curiosity almost led her to dangerous circumstances but it also gave her an opportunity to be independent and to discover more about her self.
- No matter how small we are, we all have courage within our selves. Coraline might be a small girl who is young and carefree but she has courage and wisdom within her. She didn’t know this values existed until such time when she has to face a creepy adventure alone. We discover a lot about ourselves (like our limitations and potentials) when we are faced with difficult situations.
“What’s your name,’ Coraline asked the cat. ‘Look, I’m Coraline. Okay?’
'Cats don't have names,' it said.
'No?' said Coraline.
'No,' said the cat. 'Now you people have names. That's because you don't know who you are. We know who we are, so we don't need names.”
“The sky had never seemed so sky; the world had never seemed so world.”
“Because,’ she said, ‘when you’re scared but you still do it anyway, that’s brave.”