Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
Is a fictional novel that was a series television in the first place.
Well the author said in the prologue that he added all the details he wasn’t able to put them on the series television, which I guess make the book full of details (well, I can’t really tell because I didn’t watch the series, I’m judging basing on the author words.) the novel itself wasn’t that bad, maybe it’s too long with a lot of irrelevant details and characters.
The idea seems a classical fiction of a city under the city, it wasn’t too innovative, and the purpose of the story itself wasn’t so clear.
But in the other hand with a little thinking, we can tell that maybe the author want to tell us about the choices someone makes in his life.
From the chapter one when richard choose to help door even when the cost was his own life , sometimes the choice is hard between confort or meaningful life, maybe the life of Richard mayhew in London above was safe but it was meaningless. this is why in the end of the story he choose to return to the undercity, even if it’s much more dangerous but it has a meaning and a purpose for him.
Personally the part the I liked the most is Richard passing the ordeal, a reader can imagine that the ordeal will be facing some beast or monster, but it was nothing of that it was simply facing himself, maybe the most difficult ordeal for us as human is facing ourselves, our thoughts and memories.
Maybe the most scary thing is to submerge in the void, listening to ourselves.
I think that the whole story is about people who look for meaning , safety, or simply they were looking for who they really are. or at least this is how I see it.
Enjoy the novel guys.