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The Ocean at the End of the Lane - Neil Gaiman
The Ocean at the End of the Lane
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A major new work from "a writer to make readers rejoice" (Minneapolis Star Tribune)—a moving story of memory, magic, and survival Sussex, England. A middle-aged man returns to his childhood home to attend a funeral. Although the house he lived in is long gone, he is drawn to the farm at the end... show more
A major new work from "a writer to make readers rejoice" (Minneapolis Star Tribune)—a moving story of memory, magic, and survival Sussex, England. A middle-aged man returns to his childhood home to attend a funeral. Although the house he lived in is long gone, he is drawn to the farm at the end of the road, where, when he was seven, he encountered a most remarkable girl, Lettie Hempstock, and her mother and grandmother. He hasn't thought of Lettie in decades, and yet as he sits by the pond (a pond that she'd claimed was an ocean) behind the ramshackle old farmhouse, the unremembered past comes flooding back. And it is a past too strange, too frightening, too dangerous to have happened to anyone, let alone a small boy. Forty years earlier, a man committed suicide in a stolen car at this farm at the end of the road. Like a fuse on a firework, his death lit a touchpaper and resonated in unimaginable ways. The darkness was unleashed, something scary and thoroughly incomprehensible to a little boy. And Lettie—magical, comforting, wise beyond her years—promised to protect him, no matter what. A groundbreaking work from a master, The Ocean at the End of the Lane is told with a rare understanding of all that makes us human, and shows the power of stories to reveal and shelter us from the darkness inside and out. It is a stirring, terrifying, and elegiac fable as delicate as a butterfly's wing and as menacing as a knife in the dark.
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Format: BOOK
ISBN: 9780062255679 (0062255673)
ASIN: 04eIA3RwGbwC
Publisher: HarperCollins
Pages no: 192
Edition language: English
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TonyTalbot
TonyTalbot rated it
3.0 3/5: "The Ocean at the end of the Lane", Neil Gaiman
A man sits beside a pond and remembers when he was seven years old and the pond was an ocean. And his neighbours seemed to be immortal…This is my second exploration of Gaiman, after Coraline and Other Stories. I was undecided then whether I’d get into Gaiman or whether he’d end up as take-him-or-lea...
Aerin
Aerin rated it
4.0 Review: The Ocean at the End of the Lane, by Neil Gaiman
This is a short book and simple enough to summarize: A man, returning to visit his childhood home in rural England, finds that the scenery evokes strange and perilous memories that couldn't possibly be real - about a supernatural attack on the neighborhood when he was seven years old, and the little...
warrior
warrior rated it
4.0 The Ocean at the End of the Lane: A Novel
It's a Neil Gaiman book that has to do with mythology, which should mean that it's perfect for me... Only this one suffered from the same problem that American Gods did: it was trying far too hard to be dark and "realistic". I definitely found myself enjoying this one far more than the other one, bu...
Linda78
Linda78 rated it
4.0 The Ocean at the End of the Lane (Audiobook)
Can a pond be an ocean? This isn't the best that Gaiman's ever written, but it's still filled with his delightful prose and vivid imagination. The boy who is the POV character is more of a witness to the events around him, even while he's the unwitting reason for many of them. Leti, her mom and gr...
Books & Chocolate
Books & Chocolate rated it
3.0 The Ocean at the End of the Lane
I can see how The Ocean at the End of the Lane would be a thing of magic to many readers. It's certainly well written and imaginative. And I didn't feel as though it was incomplete despite the short length. This was my first book by Gaiman, so I wasn't sure what to expect. While I did enjoy the st...
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