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Review: Coraline

Coraline
 
Autor: Neil Gaiman
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ISBN:0380807343 (engl.)
3401055542 (dt.)

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Wertung: 5 von 7 Sehr gut geschrieben, leider etwas kurz und zu geradlinig.


Coraline zieht mit ihren Eltern in ein neues Haus. Es sind Ferien, ihr ist langweilig und so beginnt sie, das Haus und die Umgebung zu erkunden. Dabei entdeckt sie eine merkwürdige Tür, hinter der sich eine Wand befindet. Eines Tages steht die Tür ein Stück offen und dahinter ist keine Wand sondern Dunkelheit. Coraline tritt hindurch und trifft ihre "anderen" Eltern...

Während Coraline versucht, das geheimnisvolle Rätsel zu lösen, erlebt der Leser eine schaurig schöne Zeit. Neil Gaiman ist ein begnadeter Erzähler und sein Hang ins Makabere macht diese (leider recht kurze) Geschichte besonders faszinierend. Man trifft auf allerlei verrückte Gestalten und mitten drin ist die kleine, aber recht clevere Coraline. Wie schon in Niemalsland oder Stardust schlägt Gaimans Fantasy einige verrückte Haken - nichts ist vor ihm sicher aber es gibt auch immer versteckte Auswege, nach denen man nur gründlich genug suchen muss.

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Romanauszug:

Coraline discovered the door a little while after they moved into the house.

It was a very old house - it had an attic under the roof and a cellar under the ground and an overgrown garden with huge old trees in it. Coraline's family didn't own all of the house, it was too big for that. Instead they owned part of it.

There were other people who lived in the old house.

Miss Spink and Miss Forcible lived in the flat below Coraline's, on the ground floor. They were both old and round, and they lived in their flat with a number of ageing Highland terriers who had names like Hamish and Andrew and Jock. Once upon a time Miss Spink and Miss Forcible had been actresses, as Miss Spink told Coraline the first time she met her.

'You see, Caroline,' Miss Spink said, getting Coraline's name wrong, 'both myself and Miss Forcible were famous actresses, in our time. We trod the boards, lovey. Oh, don't let Hamish eat the fruitcake, or he'll be up all night with his tummy.'

'It's Coraline. Not Caroline. Coraline,' said Coraline.

In the flat above Coraline's, under the roof, was a crazy old man with a big moustache. He told Coraline that he was training a mouse circus. He wouldn't let anyone see it.

'One day, little Caroline, when they are all ready, everyone in the whole world will see the wonders of my mouse circus. You ask me why you cannot see it now. Is that what you asked me?'

'No,' said Coraline quietly, 'I asked you not to call me Caroline. It's Coraline.'

'The reason you cannot see the mouse circus,' said the man upstairs, 'is that the mice are not yet ready and rehearsed. Also, they refuse to play the songs I have written for them. All the songs I have written for the mice to play go oompah oompah. But the white mice will only play toodle oodle, like that. I am thinking of trying them on different types of cheese.'

Coraline didn't think there really was a mouse circus. She thought the old man was probably making it up.

The day after they moved in, Coraline went exploring.

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