Coraline by Neil Gaiman

This was my first Neil Gaiman book, and now I’m really interested in his other works!!


Title: Coraline e a Porta Secreta

(just Coraline, in English)

Author: Neil Gaiman

Publisher: Editorial Presença

Number of Pages: 121

Language: Portuguese


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, Coralineconfronts 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.



After hearing so many good things about Neil Gaiman’s books, I decided to give one of them a try and got Coraline from my local library. I honestly think it wasn’t a bad choice and it was a very entertaining Halloween reading!

The only thing I regret is not having read the book in English, I’d have loved to see Neil Gaiman’s writing style without it being translated (not that the translation was bad, I just really wanted to see the original). Maybe someday I could reread it 😛

I really really really liked this book. I could feel the ladies that work at the library judging me a bit because I was in the kid’s section but, to be honest, I don’t think I’d have enjoyed this book if I’d read it when I was 10 or something. Yesterday at school one of my friends saw me reading and told me that the concept of this world was a bit creepy but nothing really special, and I thought that too because sometimes I’d only react to creepy scenes for like five seconds and then I was okay again. But maybe that’s just me that can’t handle any kind of creepy / scary / horror stuff. 😂

The whole idea of Coraline was very appealing, especially now in Halloween, but I can’t understand how could she be so “calm” after finding out her other mother wanted to keep her forever – I said calm between inverted commas because she wasn’t calm, at least she said she was scared, but it didn’t seem like it. I think the book lacked a bit in there and also in the worldbuilding. This is so short that it isn’t properly explored, but also, what is there to know more? Not much, since Coraline’s world is just like ours, and the other world is a copy. I guess I just really wanted to know how her other mother created all of it.


I’ve also read that the movie is actually better than the book, so now I’m going to watch it and then I’m going to write a quick review.

After I’ve watched the movie …

The book has very creepy illustrations but the movie is so much creepier! The other mother is something I’d have liked not to have seen. It also explored the world like the book should have done, and the changes were very welcomed. Overall, I loved it!






5 thoughts on “Coraline by Neil Gaiman

  1. Ola says:

    I’ve never read anything by Neil Gaiman, even though he’s such a popular author. I have ‘American Gods’ on my TBR forever. I’m not into creepy books so much, but maybe I’ll give Caroline a try.

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