Book: Troll Bridge (Coraline & Other Stories) Review

“I am a troll. Fol rol de ol rol”

Author: Neil Gaiman

Genre: Surreal, Horror, Age: Children’s+

Released: 5th October 2009 (UK Version)

A dark tale about a young boy’s life. After walking down an endlessly straight path, he finds a troll under a bridge. The troll threatens to take his life, but the boy promises that he’ll come back after he’s had some life experiences.

Warning! May contain spoilers!

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After forgetting his childhood encounter, the un-named main character does indeed come back, in his teenage years.

Finding the troll again, he realises that he would have sacrificed his friend’s life rather than give up his own. Once again, he promises the troll to come back when he’s had a better life.

As an adult, he finds himself abandoned by his morals, and his wife. His life is looking really grim, and he seeks out the troll.

When the troll appears to take his life, the reader finds that life is a tangible thing, and the troll now wears it. Like a coat.

The man is now the troll, but has no intention of taking the place of anyone else in their life.

Overall, this story was surprisingly dark and mature for this book. It’s interesting that it explores just how fruitless and unfulfilling one’s actions and motivations can be.

The story is set in a village, and the although the character descriptions are non-existent, the countryside is described vividly. It’s also worth noting how good Gaiman is at character quirks.

Rated – 2.5/5 Surreal, dark and mature. Failure is something everyone can relate to.

*Covers made by me, for illustrative purposes only.

See other stories in this anthology!

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