There are many reasons for rereading a book. Maybe you love the book and want to relive the trials and triumphs of the protagonist (or antagonist, if you’re into that). You could have enjoyed the book, but felt something was missed, then come to find out you really did. Or you could be out of credits and you picked an audio-book you already owned; plus one or both of the other reasons.
Neverwhere, by Neil Gaiman is the story of a normal, yet boring man. Richard Mayhew lives in London. He has a mid-level office job and is engaged to a beautiful;above his station, woman name Jessica. I wouldn’t say she’s a nagger, but she’s got a haughty side to her that makes you wonder if Richard is letting his dick do the thinking.
While the couple are on their way to a very important dinner date with Jessica’s boss, they come across a girl. This girl is lying on the ground bleeding in the street. Here’s where you really start to dislike Jessica. Richard tries to help the girl and Jessica gets in a tiff because she knows they will be late if they help the girl. After a bit of incredulous plees, Jessica gives Richard an ultimatum; her or the girl.
Here’s where you (if you have a soul) start to like Richard. Richard chooses to help the girl. Jessica can’t believe it. Richard walks off carrying the girl back to his apartment to try and aid the girl. A decision that, had he known the consequences of, would’ve thought a little more about the bitch/Jessica option. Maybe it’s a thing about Jessicas… moving on.
Once the girl;named Door, apologizes for the trouble and tries to leave, an odd phone call from a voice on the other end stirs up some odd feelings mixed with panic on Richard’s end. Shortly after he gets a visit from a pair of folk who he’d probably only heard of in tales told long ago.
The two are Kreup and Vandemar, a pair (unknown to Richard at the time) of cut-throats/assassins from what seems like the beginning of time. Richard is completely unprepared for this visit. After being questioned about where the girl is, he denies seeing her or her whereabouts;for which she’s actually in his bathtub. After his blood pressure rises when they head for the bathroom door, he’s met with confusion when they open it and she’s not to be found.
After the two leave with threats insinuated, Richard runs to the bathroom and Door is there, safe and sound. Thoroughly befuddled, he asks her where she went, who those two men were and why they were after her. Most of which Door blows off and thanks him for the help, but also apologizes for the trouble she has caused him. He shrugs it off as no big deal.
The next day Richard goes to work and is met with confusion and disinclination of his presence. His office is not his office anymore. He thinks his co-workers are having a go at him. He tries to talk to his mates at work and they notice him for a brief second before their attention is broken and he is another whisp of air. The humor has warn off and he goes home. A run to the ATM further brings Richard to delirium when his PIN doesn’t work and account doesn’t exist. Then the cherry on the cake, people are in his apartment scoping it out as a future rental… while he’s in the tub. They walk in and don’t notice him.
He realizes for sure that he no longer exists in this world.
Lost and confused he tries to find out where Door went from a rat. This sounds crazy, but Door chatted with a rat in his apartment post the Kreup and Vandemar visit.
This is where I will leave you hanging just a bit. From this point on, Richard starts a journey to London-Below in search of Door. Here he meets a Rat-Girl, who helps him find the Market. Along the way he meets Hunter, a beautiful lady who’s a…hunter, the Marquis de Carabas, an Angel named Islington, and unfortunately for him Kreup and Vandemar again.
I have to say this is one of my most favorite books I’ve read from Neil Gaiman and hope you’ll check it out.