The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
Published April 8th 2014 by Harper (first published June 18th 2013)
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 where she once lived, 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.
A groundbreaking work as delicate as a butterfly’s wing and as menacing as a knife in the dark, 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.
I really wasn’t sure what to expect from this book. I’ve read so many rave reviews and really didn’t want it to get my hopes up. My husband is a fan of Neil Gaiman’s Sandman graphic novels but I haven’t read any Gaiman myself. After reading this book, I will definitely be getting my hands on any book Gaiman has written. The Ocean At the End of the Lane was so incredibly vivid and dreamlike. It reminded me of so many nightmares I’ve had recurring over the years. I love the imagination that it took to create this story. The story shows just how much imagination children have. Overall, I really enjoyed reading this story and can’t wait to read my next Gaiman book.
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