Book Hoarder’s Selection (30): The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

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BOOK HOARDER’S SELECTION, is a feature of Reading In Winter, which will feature one book from my collection that I plan to read in the coming week. These are NOT review books, but books I’ve purchased, which have been neglected for a long time.

the ocean at the end of the laneTITLE: The Ocean at the End of the Lane

AUTHOR: Neil Gaiman

HOW LONG I’VE HAD IT: About a month.

WHY I’M READING IT: Well … it’s Neil Gaiman. And even though I haven’t read everything that Neil has put out, I still consider myself a HUGE fangirl for his work. I think this book just looks so beautiful and I can’t wait to dig into it — especially after hearing such rave reviews!

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SYNOPSIS:

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.

Have you read this book?

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7 thoughts on “Book Hoarder’s Selection (30): The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

  1. I started it but put it down because I’m in a serious romance mood right now. It was great to hear Neil talk about it when he visited locally, and it peaked my interest. I think it will be great.

  2. Going to try and get my review up this week. I liked it, but didn’t love it. However, I suspect that if you already love Gaiman, you’ll love this.

    Part of the issue for me is I felt like The Cat’s Table did a much better job of the “adult reminiscing about childhood” thing. Gaiman takes it to another level, where we really enter the mind of the child, not so much viewing childhood through adult eyes. I think it’s just a matter of taste.

My home is where my books are. - Ellen Thompson

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