NEVERWHERE NEIL GAIMAN PDF
If ever thou gavest hosen or shoon. Then every night and all. Sit thou down and put them on. And Christ receive thy soul. This aye night, this aye night. Every. The #1 New York Times bestselling author's ultimate edition of his wildly successful first novel featuring his "preferred text"—and including his special N. Neverwhere. Neil Gaiman. I have never been to St. John's Wood. I dare not. I should be afraid of the innumerable night of fir trees.
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The aim of this article is to analyse how Neil Gaiman consciously employs a mythical structure in his first novel, Neverwhere (), and how he subverts the . Download Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman PDF, Kindle, eBook, Neverwhere Kindle, PDF. From the award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of and Heart- Shaped Box comes a chilling novel about a worldwide pandemic of spontaneous .
What we say to the mirror never matters. It is never more than twenty minutes in before Crowley finds himself performing for Aziraphale again, trying to tease out that impish grin not a good look for an angel, Crowley thrills to it.
I am ridiculous around you. It is impossible, he might claw his eyes out if it would help. He always thinks about it. He has bullied the river of his consciousness, sending the polluted want, that steady stream of want and worse so somewhere deep.
A water table. What would you do if I told you? Impossible to know.
The sun is getting long. He should get back. He's promised to cook tonight. The oddest dance are two trains running parallel, trying to look in each others' windows. Two bodies of water, trying to guess the depths. How do you ask? My salinity is thirty-five parts per thousand.
How about you? I will tell you how we do it. The lead line, this bit of white vinyl rope with a lead ballast at the end. We drop the long rope into the water, measure how deep it goes.
This is how we can know of places we have never been. No, I have not felt that but I have cast my lead line into the water and have felt the bottom of the ocean with a bit of lead. There are other ways to do it now, electronic devices using echoes against the ground. Thrown out and back again. But they are imperfect. Some things do not change, not really. We still measure the unknown the way the Greeks did, the way the Romans had. You and I, this little boat, this length of line. The well-traveled sea, the well-measured depths.
We forget about these quiet spaces, the bays and the shoreline, pools of gentle water. Oedipus gets everything, you know. The stories and the crown too. No one talks about a little cottage, about Baucis and her pies, Philemon and his fishnets. No one remembers the one about the quiet sea. So, just once, let us look. He is standing in the kitchen, scowling at a pot. Let me explain why.
They had, of course, been drunk. It wasn't entirely Crowley's fault not this time. Aziraphale had been the one to suggest breaking open the case of Screaming Eagle Cabernet Sauvignon. Pick something else. If, after finishing a few bottles, Crowley had rather suggested moving on to the collection of very fine Sauternes wines, he cannot be entirely blamed.
Yes, they had been very very very drunk by the time Crowley had picked one of his questions out of his pocket, one of the little ones never spoken for fear that they might be misconstrued in the exact way that they are meant. For fear that they are too betraying, too obvious. I wouldn't share it with anyone else.
Anything you like. He is thinking of stealing the Pieta maybe not that - he'd taken the Mona Lisa once, had only put it back at Aziraphale's frown.
Aziraphale had done that funny smile with his mouth then. The bit of a smile, the pull back, that smile again. That cast-over look to Crowley. We could go to that sushi place, the one in Osaka, with the fresh -" "Crowley. Like a flower to the sun. Aziraphale had needed a place to stay. The London bookshop is now burnt. The heap of char is no more recognizable than the old witches on their stakes, no more obvious than the dead on their pyres.
Crowley had offered his flat, of course, though Aziraphale had made that funny serpent-line of his lip and quite plainly informed him that Crowley's flat was, in fact, dreary. Ridiculous, that. Nothing dreary about taste.
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What does a stuffy angel with no idea about Lou Reed know about the concept of taste? So here now, this cottage set on rolling chalk hills, this mess of blue sky and green and nothing, nothing at all of the grind of the Tube, the smell of piss and vinegar of a pub, the litter windswept from overstuffed trashbins. There is too much sun, too much brightness, without tall buildings to keep it out.
Crowley and his too-dark jacket, his oddly-long self, a sore spot in the bright. And then there is chalk-hill-white Aziraphale, this insistent creature.
He is a spot of white around a corner, a surprise of a smile. That soft-focus mouth and those steady-set shoulders. Crowley frowns, a itch between his shoulder blades. He cannot reach, not quite, and scrapes his back against the wall. Aziraphale had been so pleased, so enthusiastic about setting up a place down here. Of course, it is not forever you cannot promise forever when it is, in fact, a very real possibility.
But just while Aziraphale gets his new business started, his new little village bookshop.
Of course, Crowley had said yeah, sure, I'll come for a bit. Keep the windows secure, the plants intimidated, the floor swept. Yes, just for now. And somehow, that has put him here, in the kitchen, standing in front of a window, his hands soaked with brine.
He is making cabbage rolls.
First, you brine the leaves. Take a bit of cabbage and peel each leaf off. Keep the good ones, toss the torn to your dog. Crowley and his quickwork fingers, saving them for compost Aziraphale had insisted. There is a pot of salted water on the stove, turned to a boil. You don't need to cook them long, three minutes perhaps. The cabbage is falling apart in his hands. He is furious. This could be easily fixed, so easily done with a little imagination.
But Aziraphale had asked for Crowley to cook. In the human way.
The mortal way. Fuck fuck fucking shit fuck. I can't serve this muck. This is awful. But Aziraphale had asked. There's the rub. Crowley's face flares red. There is a disconnect between his mouth and his mind.
But he was a bad lot. Me mam told me not to go marrying outside, but I was young and beautiful, although you'd never credit it today, and I followed my heart. The conviction that he was about to be sick was starting, slowly, to fade. I been homeless, so I know what it's like," said the old woman.
What you going to London for? Then she teetered from side to side like a spinning top coming to rest, and finally she stopped, facing Richard.
She put her old hand into his, and held it tightly, and then she blinked a few times, like an owl who had swallowed a mouse that was beginning to disagree with it.
She nodded. The rain fell harder, pattering on the roofs and on the asphalt of the road. Richard stood up, a little unsteadily. The pub door was opened, and light and noise spilled out into the street.
You all right? I'll be back in a second. Richard felt he had to do something for her: He hurried after her, down the narrow street, the cold rain drenching his face and hair. He fumbled with the handle of the umbrella, trying to find the button that opened it. Then a click, and it blossomed into a huge white map of the London Underground network, each line drawn in a different color, every station marked and named.
The old woman took the umbrella, gratefully, and smiled her thanks. She wrapped her arms around it and bent almost double against the rain and the wind. Richard found himself pondering, drunkenly, whether there really was a circus at Oxford Circus: The pub door opened once more: Someone else handed him a large whisky. That'll warm you up. You know, you won't be able to get real Scotch in London. Water was dripping from his hair into his drink.
The next morning he boarded the train for the six-hour journey south that would bring him to the strange gothic spires and arches of St. Pancras Station. His mother gave him a small walnut cake that she had made for the journey and a thermos filled with tea; and Richard Mayhew went to London feeling like hell. She had been running for four days now, a harum-scarum tumbling flight through passages and tunnels.
She was hungry, and exhausted, and more tired than a body could stand, and each successive door was proving harder to open. After four days of flight, she had found a hiding place, a tiny stone. Vandemar, "as a canary.
Croup ran a hand through his lank orange hair. Vandemar nodded, comprehension dawning slowly: Ross had no other resemblance to a canary. He was huge--almost as big as Mr. Vandemar--and extremely grubby, and quite hairless, and he said very little, although he had made a point of telling each of them that he liked to kill things, and he was good at it; and this amused Mr. Croup and Mr. But he was a canary, and he never knew it.
So Mr. Ross went first, in his filthy T-shirt and his crusted blue-jeans, and Croup and Vandemar walked behind him, in their elegant black suits. There are four simple ways for the observant to tell Mr. Vandemar apart: Vandemar is two and a half heads taller than Mr.
Croup; second, Mr. Croup has eyes of a faded china blue, while Mr. Vandemar's eyes are brown; third, while Mr. Vandemar fashioned the rings he wears on his right hand out of the skulls of four ravens, Mr. Croup has no obvious jewelery; fourth, Mr. Croup likes words, while Mr. Vandemar is always hungry. Also, they look nothing at all alike.
A rustle in the tunnel darkness; Mr. Vandemar's knife was in his hand, and then it was no longer in his hand, and it was quivering gently almost thirty feet away. He walked over to his knife and picked it up by the hilt. There was a gray rat impaled on the blade, its mouth opening and closing impotently as the life fled. He crushed its skull between finger and thumb. He chuckled at his own joke. Vandemar did not respond.
Get it? Vandemar pulled the rat from the blade and began to munch on it, thoughtfully, head first. Croup slapped it out of his hands. Vandemar put his knife away, a little sullenly.
Croup, encouragingly. Things to do. People to damage. Three years in London had not changed Richard, although it had changed the way he perceived the city. Richard had originally imagined London as a gray city, even a black city, from pictures he had seen, and he was surprised to find it filled with color.
It was a city of red brick and white stone, red buses and large black taxis, bright red mailboxes and green grassy parks and cemeteries. It was a city in which the very old and the awkwardly new jostled each other, not uncomfortably, but without respect; a city of shops and offices and restaurants and homes, of parks and churches, of ignored monuments and remarkably unpalatial palaces; a city of hundreds of districts with strange names-- Crouch End, Chalk Farm, Earl's Court, Marble Arch--and oddly distinct identities; a noisy, dirty, cheerful, troubled city, which fed on tourists, needed them as it despised them, in which the average speed of transportation through the city had not increased in three hundred years, following five hundred years of fitful road-widening and unskillful compromises between the needs of traffic, whether horsedrawn, or, more recently, motorized, and the needs of pedestrians; a city inhabited by and teeming with people of every color and manner and kind.
When he had first arrived, he had found London huge, odd, fundamentally incomprehensible, with. Gradually he realized that the Tube map was a handy fiction that made life easier but bore no resemblance to the reality of the shape of the city above. It was like belonging to a political party, he thought once, proudly, and then, having tried to explain the resemblance between the Tube map and politics, at a party, to a cluster of bewildered strangers, he had decided in the future to leave political comment to others.
He continued, slowly, by a process of osmosis and white knowledge which is like white noise, only more useful , to comprehend the city, a process that accelerated when he realized that the actual City of London itself was no bigger than a square mile, stretching from Aldgate in the east to Fleet Street and the law courts of the Old Bailey in the west, a tiny municipality, now home to London's financial institutions, and that that was where it had all begun.
Two thousand years before, London had been a little Celtic village on the north shore of the Thames, which the Romans had encountered, then settled in. London had grown, slowly, until, roughly a thousand years later, it met the tiny Royal City of Westminster immediately to the west, and, once London Bridge had been built, London touched the town of Southwark directly across the river; and it continued to grow, fields and woods and marshland slowly vanishing beneath the flourishing town, and it continued to expand, encountering other little villages and hamlets as it grew, like Whitechapel and Dept-ford to the east, Hammersmith and Shepherd's Bush to the west, Camden and Islington in the north, Battersea and Lambeth across the Thames to the south, absorbing all of them, just as a pool of mercury encounters and incorporates smaller beads of mercury, leaving only their names behind.
London grew into something huge and contradictory. It was a good place, and a fine city, but there is a price to be paid for all good places, and a price that all good places have to pay. After a while, Richard found himself taking London for granted; in time, he began to pride himself on having visited none of the sights of London except for the Tower of London, when his Aunt Maude came down to the city for a weekend, and Richard found himself her reluctant escort.
But Jessica changed all that. Richard found himself, on otherwise sensible weekends, accompanying her to places like the National Gallery and the Tate Gallery, where he learned that walking around museums too long hurts your feet, that the great art treasures of the world all blur into each other after a while, and that it is almost beyond the human capacity for belief to accept how much museum cafeterias will brazenly charge for a slice of cake and a cup of tea.
Richard had met Jessica in France, on a weekend trip to Paris two years earlier; had in fact discovered her in the Louvre, trying to find the group of his office friends who had organized the trip.
Staring up at an immense sculpture, he had stepped backwards into Jessica, who was admiring an extremely large and historically important diamond. He tried to apologize to her in French, which he did not speak, gave up, and began to apologize in English, then tried to apologize in French for having to apologize in English, until he noticed that Jessica was about as English as it was possible for any one person to be.
By this time she decided he should buy her an expensive French sandwich and some overpriced carbonated apple juice, by way of apology, and, well, that was the start of it all, really. He had never been able to convince Jessica that he wasn't the kind of person who went to art galleries after that.
On weekends when they did not go to art galleries or to museums, Richard would trail behind Jessica as she went shopping, which she did, on the whole, in affluent Knightsbridge, a short walk and an even shorter taxi ride from her apartment in a Kensington mews. Questions for Discussion 1. In the Prologue, Gaiman foreshadows the dangers that await Richard in London.
First, his friends give him an umbrella with the London Underground map on it, and then an old woman warns him that London can be a dangerous place, saying, "It starts with doors…. I'd watch out for doors if I were you. Did you make the connection when Richard meets Door? There seems to be some sort of social code in London Below, i. Discuss social order, class systems, family and community in reference to London Below. How does it compare to London Above? How well does Richard understand the social mores of the world he has been thrown into?
Is it frustrating to watch him put himself in jeopardy with his ignorance? Door and company are never quite sure whom they can trust. What sort of message is the author sending?
Do men and women seem equally untrustworthy? The author uses lots of interesting and original names in this novel i. Door, Mr. Croup, Mr. Vandemar, Marquis de Carabas, Islington, etc.
What effect do these names have on your reading of the novel? Do they help you to mentally conjure up an image of each character? In his life in London Above, Richard Mayhew is a rather boring, ordinary fellow. Discuss his transformation as he journeys through London Below.
Can you pinpoint the moment that he seems to let go of the old Richard and become the new one? There is no exchange of money in London Below; instead everything seems to work by favors, or on a barter system.
Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of this situation. Can you imagine our own society operating on such a system? Gaiman uses a lot of religious imagery in the novel, including angels, cathedrals, Black Friars, crucifixion and resurrection, etc.
Discuss these and other religious images and how they shape your reading of the novel. How are these images used by the author and for what purpose? The Marquis de Carabas is killed quite convincingly by Croup and Vandemar, yet he improbably comes back to life. How do you account for his resurrection?
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Did you find it believable in the context of the 'reality' of London Below? The Angel Islington turns out to be the evil menace in Neverwhere. When Richard expresses surprise at this the marquis tells him, "When angels go bad Richard, they go worse than anyone. Remember, Lucifer used to be an angel" p.
Were you surprised to discover that Islington was behind the murder of Door's family or did you suspect him? If so, what made you suspicious of him? Door sends Islington through a dark, faraway passage-perhaps to hell, but perhaps not. Do you think he is gone for good or do you think he could turn up somewhere down the line?The tines upside-down, perfectly set at ten o'clock on the white plate.
Holds them up, splays them against the shale backdrop of his ceiling. Croup has no obvious jewelery; fourth, Mr. Croup has eyes of a faded china blue, while Mr. Vandemar put his knife away, a little sullenly. You all right? Discuss these and other religious images and how they shape your reading of the novel.
On weekends when they did not go to art galleries or to museums, Richard would trail behind Jessica as she went shopping, which she did, on the whole, in affluent Knightsbridge, a short walk and an even shorter taxi ride from her apartment in a Kensington mews. The sun is getting long.
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