Book Review – The Truth Is a Cave in the Black Mountains by Neil Gaiman
January 17, 2015
You ask me if I can forgive myself?
I can forgive myself…
And so begins The Truth Is a Cave in the Black Mountains, a haunting story of family, the otherworld, and a search for hidden treasure. This gorgeous full-color illustrated book version was born of a unique collaboration between New York Times bestselling author Neil Gaiman and renowned artist Eddie Campbell, who brought to vivid life the characters and landscape of Gaiman’s award-winning story. In this volume, the talents and vision of two great creative geniuses come together in a glorious explosion of color and shadow, memory and regret, vengeance and, ultimately, love.
…for many things. For where I left him.
For what I did.
I picked this book up from the library on a whim. I was drawn to the cover of the book, which is totally creepy, as well as the author, Neil Gaiman. When I grabbed it off the shelf and flipped through a few pages, I quickly realized that this would be a totally unique read. At a mere 74 pages, Gaiman and Campbell pack a lot of punch in this novelette.
What you will love:
- THE CONCEPT: I have never encountered a book like this before (I’m not saying they don’t exist, I’ve just never seen one), and I’m going to make my own new book category to describe it – adult picture books. I so hope that Gaiman and Campbell team up to do more novelettes such as this one.
- THE ARTWORK: Campbell has a unique style that perfectly accents the plot. The pictures lighten and darken to reflect the mood that Gaiman is trying to create with the story. Campbell evokes such a dark sense of foreboding to accompany the evolving storyline. Mini comics are also interspersed throughout the story to facilitate the dialogue in a way that works (even though it sounds odd and seems like it doesn’t make sense).
- THE LESSON: It is quickly apparent that the story is a parable with a lesson to be learned. You know I’m not a fan of spoilers, so I won’t give it away, but there is a moral to this story .
I have no negatives that detract from this read. This book won’t be for everyone, but if you are looking for a very quick and unique read that reminds you of some of the stories you heard as a child, then this is definitely for you!
Have any of you had the chance to read this one? Have you read any other short novelettes that you would recommend?