The Ocean at the End of the Lane (Paperback)
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DescriptionTHE OCEAN AT THE END OF THE LANE is a fable that reshapes modern fantasy: moving, terrifying and elegiac - as pure as a dream, as delicate as a butterfly's wing, as dangerous as a knife in the dark - from storytelling genius Neil Gaiman. It began for our narrator forty years ago when the family lodger stole their car and committed suicide in it, stirring up ancient powers best left undisturbed. Dark creatures from beyond this world are on the loose, and it will take everything our narrator has just to stay alive: there is primal horror here, and menace unleashed - within his family and from the forces that have gathered to destroy it. His only defence is three women, on a farm at the end of the lane. The youngest of them claims that her duckpond is an ocean. The oldest can remember the Big Bang.
- Published: 10 April 2014
- Format: Paperback 272 pages
- ISBN 13: 9781472208668 ISBN 10: 1472208668
- Sales rank: 5,082
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Reviews for The Ocean at the End of the Lane
I find Neil Gaiman a pleasure to read. He creates fantasy worlds like no other and this book was no exception. It's magical and captures you from the start.
But most of all it conveys childhood beautifully. The fears, joys and, most of all, the innocence. How willing you are to accept anything, no matter how odd, as absolutely real. As the narrator says (paraphrasing here), even as the world around you collapses, being able to enjoy the little things in life. That's one of the main messages i take from it. Try to view the world through the eyes of a child. Not follow paths so much and go exploring.
The book is full of things that make you wonder and think, while at the same time being extremely light and entertaining, but it did fall short, for me. It's like it can't decide whether to be a short story or a novel, so i was left wanting more. I definitely recomend it, though and hope there will be a sequel. by Ana Silva