Ocean at the End of the Lane: A Novel, The

Neil Gaiman
UK National Book Awards 2013 "Book of the Year"“Fantasy of the very best.” Wall Street JournalA 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.“[Gaiman’s] mind is a dark fathomless ocean, and every time I sink into it, this world fades, replaced by one far more terrible and beautiful in which I will happily drown.” New York Times Book Review

Reviews

Reviewed: 2019-06-18

Lovely and magical. This is so different from most of Gaiman's fiction, and that may be why I liked it so much. It was different, felt fresh even while it was comfortable and easy. It felt like I entered a magical world with a good friend, and it was sad but beautiful. If it had been longer, I don't know, but as is - this felt like a perfect little treat.

Literary Awards: Nebula Award Nominee for Best Novel (2013), Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel (2014), World Fantasy Award Nominee for Best Novel (2014), Mythopoeic Fantasy Award Nominee for Adult Literature (2014), Specsavers National Book Award for Book of the Year (2013)

 

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