Tuesday, July 17, 2012
The Graveyard Book Read Along Post 2
In this section we find that Silas has to go away on business and leaves Bod in the care of Ms. Lupescu. She is a very interesting character. She is to be in charge of Bod's lessons and new nutritious diet. What I liked about this is that it shows Bod like any other kid; he's easily bored by his lessons and doesn't like eating his vegetables. She's tough on Bod, true, but I think that how she deals with Bod will eventually be benefitial when he rejoins the living.
The ghoul gate was a very odd section. I wasn't sure how I should be seeing things in my head. The ghouls were very odd characters. I couldn't decide if they were mischievous, evil or misguided. It was a very intense section though. It made me very glad that Ms. Lupescu was the one who took over in Silas' absence and that despite his protests, she was teaching him things that would become useful to him. Though the end bit were Ms. Lupescu pulled a McGonagall was odd yet kind of awesome.
The witch's headstone chapter is my favorite in the entire book. I love Liza. She definitely got the short end of the stick in her life. I don't think that she was a bad person, but that she was very different from the people around her and that didn't help her at all.
Liza is kind of like an anti-hero and I love that she and Bod have an instant bond. The scene in the pawn shop is such a great scene. You see Bod beginning to learn the realities of his situation and Liza gets to be his protector. She gets to be the savior instead of being just a witch. The ending where Bod creates a headstone for Liza always makes me tear up a little.
I would love an entire book based on Liza and Bod.