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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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Haidji - Books...and...Books!
Haidji - Books...and...Books! rated it
4.0 Fantasy, horror, dreamscape, and alternative reality
Imaginative and intense,The Ocean at the end of the Lane is a sweet, yet scary, story of childhood innocence and imagination.
My Never Ending List
My Never Ending List rated it
5.0 The Ocean At The End of The Lane
I listened to this on audio, performed by Neil Gaiman and I have to say that I enjoyed it more than I did when I tried reading it a few years ago. Perhaps it was the hype of the novel when it first came out, or perhaps it was because it was a fantasy novel which I wasn't a big fan of years ago, but ...
Just One More Chapter
Just One More Chapter rated it
4.5 Neil Gaiman, the man the myth the legend does it again...was there any doubt?
I enjoyed this gem via audiobook using Hoopla, which is annoying and glitchy but that's neither here nor there, and I am astounded anew each time I venture into the extremely rich, creative mind of Mr. Neil Gaiman. He narrates his own books and really who knows better the tone implied or the necessa...
Just a book blog
Just a book blog rated it
5.0 The Ocean at the End of the Lane
A middle-aged man returns to his childhood home to attend a funeral. The house is long gone but he finds himself drawn to the old farmhouse at the end of the road where his childhood friend lived. Lettie Hempstock wasn't an ordinary little girl and her mother and grandmother weren't ordinary women. ...
Tannat
Tannat rated it
5.0 The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
I listened to the audiobook back in January, and I think I’ll let my rating stand. Then as now, what really drove up the rating at the end was Ocean, the black cat from the field. I had to kind of psych myself up to dive in, though, because I do find the opal miner’s arrival difficult to read. In so...
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