The Truth Is A Cave in the Black Mountains

The Truth Is A Cave in the Black Mountains

A Tale of Travel and Darkness With Pictures of All Kinds

Book - 2014 | First edition
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"Illustrated by ... Eddie Campbell, this is a four-color edition of Neil Gaiman's award-winning novelette 'The truth is a cave in the Black Mountains'--a haunting story of family, the otherworld, and retribution"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2014]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062282149
Branch Call Number: F GAIMA-N
Characteristics: 73 pages : color illustrations ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Campbell, Eddie 1955-- Illustrator


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Jan 09, 2020

The artwork in this one was really interesting, it varied between almost comic strips and full images. The story was good, and a bit twisted, I would have liked to keep reading about the character.

CMLibrary_ecrites May 14, 2016

A tale of revenge told in a beautiful, dark, fairytale like style that is enhanced by striking illustrations. Another to add to the long list of Gaiman's amazing works.

Mar 26, 2015

I had listened to this short story on audio before reading the graphic novella. The images do enhance the story and I wish I'd read this before I listened to it. It's not a feel-good read by any means, but justice is served in the end. Who can say anything bad about Neil Gaiman?

Radharc Jan 24, 2015

This book is a short story of revenge, accompanied by paintings by Eddie Campbell. I won't go into any detail, as I suggest you grab it from you local library, and curl up with it in a comfy chair. Fans of Neil Gaiman certainly won't be disappointed.

Nov 03, 2014

Gaiman does it again, crafting a powerful tale of greed, retribution, and penance in a quasi-graphic novel format. Gaiman creates what seem like timeless legends out of his own fertile imagination, and his plots are always morally complex, his characters always compelling. The artwork by Eddie Campbell is also exemplary.

JCLChrisK Oct 27, 2014

At the back of the book, Gaiman writes about how this came to be: before it was published, it was performed, with Gaiman reading his words, FourPlay String Quartet providing soundtrack, and images painted by Eddie Campbell projected as visuals. Now it is available as a book with the visuals or an audiobook with the music. I tried to combine both, first skimming the art, then listening to the audio, then going back to the art with context and understanding. It makes for a very nice package, though if I had to recommend just one it would be the audio for the way Gaiman masterfully gives life to his text.

Really just a long short story or short novelette (the audio, with pauses for music, is 82 minutes; the book, with plentiful illustrations, is 73 pages), this is a grey, grim, atmospheric tale. To say much about the plot--even naming the category it falls into--risks spoiling the way it unfolds its secrets with perfect patience, a bit at a time. This is one not to consume so much for its morals or wisdom, or to empathize with the characters or gain insight into the human heart, but to simply take joy in magnificent storytelling. Not quite scary, not quite chilling, not quite reality, tinged with evil and regret, it is all about dwelling in the mist.

From that afterward:

"The Black Mountains are the Black Cuillins in Skye, which is known as the Winged Isle, or perhaps the Misty Isle. There is a cave there, they say, where gold is to be found, and all it will mean if you go there and take some of that gold is that you will become a little more evil . . . "

Oct 16, 2014

This story begs to be read aloud, something I noticed before I knew that's exactly what it was written for. If you do choose to use it for a performance though, pick your audience carefully. It's not a happy book.

Side note: It lost half a star for the illustrations. They're well done and they fit the story, but I just don't love the style. However, that's purely personal preference and not something anyone else should take away as a mark against this book.

Oct 05, 2014

Dark irony. Shaped around old folktales. Don't look for a happy ending in a book from Gaiman.

Sep 28, 2014

A beautifully dark and intense little gem of a book. Not quite a picture book or a graphic novel--something in between? The narrator doles out his secrets sparingly, and each time he does the whole

hania4987 Aug 20, 2014

what a cunningly dark story!
I don't want to go into too many details because it would ruin the suspense.
This is such a great edition which is illustrated by Eddie Campbell -- it resembles a scrapbook with the text interspersed with illustrations and graphic art panels and vice versa -- each element punctuates and furthers the story.

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JCLChrisK Oct 27, 2014

I am old now, or at least, I am no longer young, and everything I see reminds me of something else I've seen, such that I see nothing for the first time. . . . It is the curse of age, that all things are reflections of other things.


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