The Ocean at the End of the Lane (Large Print)

The Ocean at the End of the Lane (Large Print)

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A brilliantly imaginative and poignant fairy tale from the modern master of wonder and terror, The Ocean at the End of the Lane is Neil Gaiman's first new novel for adults since his #1 New York Times bestseller Anansi Boys.This bewitching and harrowing tale of mystery and survival, and memory and magic, makes the impossible all too real...
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Product details

  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 14mm | 295g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Large type / large print
  • large type edition
  • 0062278592
  • 9780062278593
  • 125,146

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A middle-aged man returns to his childhood home and is drawn to the farm at the end of the road where, when he was seven, he encountered a most remarkable girl and her mother and grandmother. As he sits by the pond -behind the ramshackle old house, the unremembered past comes flooding back--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.
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Review quote

`Gaiman mines mythological typology--the three-foldgoddess, the water of life (the pond, actually an ocean)--and his own childhood milieu to build the cosmology and theater of a story he tells more gracefully than any he's told since `Stardust`...[a] lovely yarn.`--Booklist (starred review) on OCEAN AT THE END OF THE LANE
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Rating details

342,633 ratings
3.99 out of 5 stars
5 35% (121,037)
4 38% (130,137)
3 19% (65,881)
2 5% (18,425)
1 2% (7,153)

Our customer reviews

Did I enjoy this book: Of course! A girl needs her Gaiman fix, doesn't she? The Ocean at the End of the Lane is a dark, quirky little tale that, if you're anything like me, you'll have trouble putting down. Gaiman creates a fantasy world full of magic and mystery - or maybe it's just a little boy's imagination - I'm not sure it matters much, really. His characters are, as always, just the right amount of crazy. I liked Lettie Hempstock so much she might overtake Door (from Neverwhere) on my "List of Neil Gaiman Characters to Have Tea With" (Yes, I actually have a list, and YES, that's a preposition at the end of it. Don't tell my English teacher). I loved it. I loved this line: "I make art, sometimes I make true art, and sometimes it fills the empty places in my life." I loved the two moons, the gray and pink monsters, the ponds-that-are-possibly-oceans. I don't care if the kittens grew out of the ground or not; I willingly suspended my disbelief for Gaiman, and I wasn't disappointed. Would I recommend it: Yup. Read it. At least twice. Will I read it again: I'm already half-way through my second reading. As reviewed by Melissa at Every Free Chance Book more
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