- Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: Headline Review; Export Ed edition (2 Nov. 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0747266689
- ISBN-13: 978-0747266686
- Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 2.6 x 18 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (614 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 89,558 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Neverwhere" is a brilliant yarn of life in the underbelly of the city, with shady human characters, speaking rats and special "guides". There is more than one reality for sure. In London Above, Richard and the rag girl, named appropriately "Door", can be seen but not recalled beyond the moment. The real-life maze of London underground tunnels, hidden passageways and dead ends provide the existent, yet twisted, backdrop to the story. Time and distances have no meaning. The names of tube stations acquire new relevance: the Earl resides at Earl's Court, the black Friar monks are in Blackfriars and Islington is an Angel. Following Door and her unusual companions, Richard discovers the limits of his endurance. He has to question his existence and reality. While his desire to get back to his normal life keeps him going, his chances to shake loose from the shadowy underworld increasingly appear to diminish...
The novel, which expands on Gaiman's successful tv production, is a fascinating read, whether you know London or not (yet). His style is fluid and engaging, his characters are very much alive and moving the various layers of intrigue along at a good pace. [Friederike Knabe]
Gaiman has created an eerie otherworld in the sewers of London and the tunnels and stations of the Underground that is complete in every detail and so interwoven with the "real" world that its frightening. Never having been to London, I'm starting to be a bit scared of the Tube Stations: real shepards at Shepards Bush (ones you don't ever want to meet), an earl in Earl's Court, saxophone players who live both in the Above and the Below, Old Bailey and Hammersmith are people, Knightsbridge is a bad neighbourhood...
And at the end you are left with enough answers to satisfy as concerns the main plotline, but not all the answers you want. There is so much detail in London Below that there are thousands of things begging to be explored and examined: The system of fiefdoms which apparently rules Below, but which is never really explained, the importance of Door's family, the Seven Sisters, the story of the swashbuckling, sardonic Marquis de Carabas (books could be written about him, he is undoubtably my favourite character) and more; really the list could go on forever. But that is what makes it all so convincing: Gaiman wastes no time explaining anything, he just tells the story.Read more ›
As with all Gaiman's work, there is a great deal of dark themes in the book (The streets of London Below owe a lot to those areas of London above where the homeless live) and Gaiman makes sure this doesn't turn into a simple one joke idea. His characterisations are absolutely fantastic. Whilst Richard (the hero) is a fairly bland innocent abroad, he balances him against the sly, old Marquis de Carabas and the pantomime villany of Mr. Croup and Mr. Vandemar - a pair of vicious (and yet comic) characters who look to have shambled straight out of a Victorian nightmare.
The story itself is taut, beautifully-written, thought-provoking and a pleasure to read. Not a long read but one I'm sure you will come back to time after time.
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Neverwhere tells the story of Richard Mayhew a young businessman, recently moved from Scotland and with a normal life ahead. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Infinite Zest
If you're a fan of Neil Gaiman then this will not disappoint. A wonderful story that paints London in a while different light. By the temple and the arch its great!Published 3 days ago by Rob Lingham
Read it but can't say I'm a fan. Not for me. No main reason just didn't like writing stylePublished 5 days ago by Jude Faulkner
I'll be honest, I only read this because someone recommended a book by the same author (which I haven't actually read yet). Still, this book was a really pleasant surprise. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Amazon Customer
This book was a gift for a friend who absolutely loved it and said she would recommend to others to read.Published 7 days ago by Lee
This sounded familiar when I started reading it, and I cannot figure out whether that is because I saw the TV series years ago? Read morePublished 7 days ago by NannyMeow
Fabulous imagination that takes you to a place you didn't know existed using words that flow smoothly. I really enjoyed reading this book.Published 8 days ago by Amazon Customer
It will forever change the way I look at London. It is beautiful write and the description are visionary. I would love a part 2Published 10 days ago by Jennie