An absolutely brilliant book – my favourite of Neil Gaiman’s. This is the story of the tribulations of Richard Mayhew, London businessman who, after an act of kindness, finds himself finding a side to London he had never seen before.
There are many things I loved about this book. The basic plot was in and of itself good, but for me it was the wonderfully whimsical characters that Gaiman created and the playful nature of London Below that won me over. A few chapters in and I was joining in this creative game, coming up with other possible denizens of this magnificent world.
Not all is pure fun. There is a serious side to the novel as well, as Gaiman explores what it means to be homeless,to fall through the cracks of society. A thought provoking dimension to this work. It also leaves you pondering several times as to what is really happening. In many ways I found this to be reminiscent of the Robin Williams / Terry Gilliam film ‘The Fisher King’.
This was the first Neil Gaiman book I read, and it was a pleasure to reread it. Definitely recommended!