M Is For Magic

9 06 2008

My penchant for fiction formed at a very early age. There would be lazy afternoons, long before I stepped into my formal education, wherein I would imagine of magicians, fairies, giants, witches, princes, and princesses. At a snail’s pace, I would read and be devoured by fantastical books transforming me to places impossible to reach. It must have started with the Grimm Brother’s classic Snow White or Little Red Riding Hood and reinforced by a graphic representation of author Michael Ende’s The Never Ending Story; from there it has been a happy march to the book/movie lover that I am now.

Neil Gaiman’s M Is For Magic lets you revisit the child that you once were. It provides resounding truth to how little divides us from our old self because it appeals just as it did when we were three (years old). The book is a compilation of short stories that conveniently takes us to another dimension and safely brings us back to our mundane world. It allows us to peek at the innocence we once had without obscuring us from the real world – which we’re sincerely stuck. The advantage of this book doesn’t only lie in the fact that if one story is not to your liking, you can always move to the next one and you are not bound to it very long. Like when we were kids, the books we receive for our birthday or Christmas was no responsibility and it doesn’t repress us from the world we live in – if any, it actually helps it to be tolerable.

Gaiman’s tales are rendered with haunting and poignant strokes (a black cat takes care of a family by stopping the devil getting into their house and in return slowly loses his life; an old lady finds the Holy Grail at a bargain shop and is painstakingly convinced by a gallant Knight to give it to him), some delivered with dark humour (Jack meets a troll under the bridge and bargains for his life; the months of the year comes together in front of a bonfire to share stories), and others seem curiously lost in translation (a man tries to sell the Ponti Bridge which becomes a huge feat comparable to selling the Eiffel Tower; a group of people who loves to eat finds themselves ablaze for a peculiar menu). The book is highly recommended specially for those living in a fast phased world of instant gratification in need of time out and somehow, M Is For Magic makes grown up escapes innocent and nostalgic.

Featured Short Stories

The Case Of The Four And Twenty Blackbirds
Troll Bridge
Don’t Ask Jack
How To Sell The Ponti Bridge
October In The Chair
Chivalry
The Price
How To Talk To Girls At Parties
Sunbird
The Witch’s Headstone
Instructions

 

Notes:

M Is For Magic

Written By English born author, Neil Gaiman (also known for writting the screeplay Beuwolf)

Published By Harper Collins

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