Plot[ edit ] Neverwhere is the story of Richard Mayhew and his trials and tribulations in London. At the start of the story, he is a young businessman, recently moved from Scotland and with a normal life ahead. The morning after Richard rescued the girl, named Door, from the streets, she is greatly recovered, and sends him to find the Marquis de Carabas, a man who will be able to help Door escape two infamous and seemingly inhuman assassins, the Messrs Croup and Vandemar. Richard brings the Marquis back to his apartment to meet Door, only to see both of them vanish immediately. Soon after, Richard begins to realise the consequences of his actions.
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Plot[ edit ] Neverwhere is the story of Richard Mayhew and his trials and tribulations in London. At the start of the story, he is a young businessman, recently moved from Scotland and with a normal life ahead. The morning after Richard rescued the girl, named Door, from the streets, she is greatly recovered, and sends him to find the Marquis de Carabas, a man who will be able to help Door escape two infamous and seemingly inhuman assassins, the Messrs Croup and Vandemar.
Richard brings the Marquis back to his apartment to meet Door, only to see both of them vanish immediately. Soon after, Richard begins to realise the consequences of his actions. He appears to have become invisible; he loses his job, where no one seems to recognise him, and his apartment is rented out to other people.
Determined to set things right, Richard tries to enter the world of London Below in search of Door. He finds a tramp from Below, who is the only person able to see him, and recites the name of the Floating Market as the only place known to him in underworld. The tramp brings Richard to the realm of the Rat-Speakers, who worship and perform tasks for rats.
They attempt to assault and rob Richard, but follow orders from the master rat and let him free. Eventually he arrives to the Floating Market, where he meets again with Door, who is holding an audition for bodyguards. Going to the Market, a giant bazaar where people barter for all manner of junk and magical items, Richard realises that London Below is not such a bad place.
This is due to an old grudge between himself and the Earl. The rest discover that they need to travel through the relic Angelus to reach Islington, and that the Angelus resides in the British Museum. Door and Richard travel to the Museum, while Hunter, due to a curse which prevents her from entering London Above, remains in the abandoned British Museum underground station.
Islington explains that his position as protector of London Below is a punishment for the submersion of Atlantis, which was also under his care, and tells Door that he will help her learn the identity of those who killed her family, for a price. She and her company must retrieve a unique key from the Black Friars and bring it to the angel. The two return to the Museum and go below to reunite with Hunter. The true price for this information, however, is his life; Croup and Vandemar capture, torture, and kill him, breaking the one-hour "head start" agreement that was part of their deal with the Marquis.
Door, Richard, and Hunter proceed onward to the dwelling of the Black Friars. There, they are faced with a series of three ordeals; Hunter wins a test of strength, Door wins a test of intellect, and Richard, alone in history, wins a test of character. He is convinced his adventures Below had all been a hallucination, but a trinket from his now-dead friend Anaesthesia re-orients him.
As a result, the three succeed in gaining the key. Weakened, the Marquis sets out himself, following Door and company. On Down Street, it is discovered that Lamia was a dangerous choice for a guide, because the price she demands of Richard for her services is higher than he can pay and yet live, but the Marquis appears in time to save him. She gives Door to Croup and Vandemar, in exchange for the magical spear she needs to hunt and slay the great Beast of London. Croup and Vandemar, with Door captive, travel downward, while Richard, the Marquis, and Hunter travel at a slower pace, all toward the great labyrinth through which they need to pass to reach Islington.
In this labyrinth the Beast of London dwells. Hunter and Richard battle it, with Richard being the only survivor. Islington wishes to use Door and the key to force open the door to Heaven, where he seeks dominion over all the other angels as revenge for his banishment. After Richard is tortured by Croup and Vandemar, Door agrees to open the door, but she uses the copy of the key Richard won. The key does not open the door to Heaven, but instead to somewhere else, as far away as she could imagine, presumably to Hell.
Islington, Croup and Vandemar are all sucked through the gateway before Door closes it. After returning home, Richard is happy for a time, but he realises that his experiences have changed him, and that his old life and friends mean little to him now. He realises that he is not satisfied with the regular world, and wants to return to London Below but does not know how to do it.
He draws the shape of a door with his knife a dying gift from Hunter , but nothing happens so he despairs of returning and is feeling that he has ruined his life, but in the end the Marquis appears to provide a way back.
Adaptations and sequels[ edit ] Gaiman hinted at a novella-length sequel in the commentary section of his short story collection Fragile Things , published in The story was published in the anthology Rogues , edited by George R. Comments by critics were extremely favourable. In , HarperAudio, an imprint of HarperCollins , released an audiobook of the novel, narrated by Gaiman.
Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere
Varney, bitka Hunter vs. Jelikoz jsme necet knizku, moc sem nevedel, co od toho cekat, ale docela jsem se tesil. Prvni, co me flaklo do xichtu, je neskutecna lacinost, to i pohadky na CT maj vyssi rozpocet nez tohle. Jenze za chvily si na to clovek zvykne a ono to nakonec i pomaha atmosfere. A atmosfera je tady fakt kouzelna, mozna ne hned od prvniho, ale urcite uz od druhyho dilu vas totiz celej serial perfektne vtahne a je to cely desne zajimavy. Akorat je skoda, ze to je taky takovy desne jednoduchy, ve vetsine dilu jde o to nekam dojit a s nekym pokecat a obcas tu jsou naznaky, ze je celej Podlondyn hodne rozlehly misto s velkou historii a spoustou pribehu a postav, takze je skoda, ze o tech par postavach, co tu vystupuje, vime jen jmeno a jednoduchej popis ve stylu ta otvira dvere, ten je lovec a podobne. Nevim jesli predloha taky vsechno jen takhle nakousne, ale rozhodne by si to zaslouzilo zpracovat daleko komplexnejs.