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The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

Fantasy

The Ocean at the End of the Lane

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by Neil Gaiman

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Quick Take

A fantasy story from a child's eye with adult wisdom; a book both light-hearted and dark at the same time.

Synopsis

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.

Why I love it

Magical. Scary. Wonderful. Weird. A fantasy story from a child’s eye with adult wisdom; a tale of real monsters and imaginary people; a book both light-hearted and dark at the same time. The publisher calls it 'œas delicate as a butterfly's wing and as menacing as a knife in the dark.' It’s a book that defies description, other than to say that it’s the kind of story you wish would last just a couple pages longer so you can linger in its strangely compelling world. If you only read one fantasy novel this year, it’s worth considering this short 2013 gem from one of the great masters of our time.

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Starling House
Ink Blood Sister Scribe
The Adventures of Amina al-Sirafi
Hell Bent
Kaikeyi
Weyward
The Fragile Threads of Power
The Book of Magic
The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue
The Rules of Magic
A History of Wild Places
The City We Became
A River Enchanted
The Inheritance of Orquídea Divina
Book of Night
Ariadne
Circe
Ninth House
The Invisible Hour
The Stardust Thief
The Cartographers
The Ocean at the End of the Lane
The Possessions
The London Séance Society
Sourdough
The City of Brass
The Philosopher's Flight
Siren Queen
The Last Tale of the Flower Bride
Fate of the Fallen
Immortal Longings
Things in Jars
A Fire Endless