Sunday, 18 May 2014

The Ocean at the End of the Lane - Neil Gaiman

The Ocean at the End of the Lane
By Neil Gaiman
Reviewed by Jeff
Published:June 18th 2013
Publisher: William Morrow Books
Pages: 181
ISBN: 0062255657

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 Laneis 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. (Goodreads)
I honestly don't know what to's not very often that I am speechless or don't have a specific opinion on literature but Ocean at the end of the Lane is....mind boggling. This book is so absolutely unique, and so utterly strange yet awesome that I am lost for words. I in no way can write a coherent review to someone that has not read this book, it is just too hard to express in words. This story just is, it just is a story in its purest form and left me bewildered and confused and exhilarated. The best comparison I can think of is Aesop's Fables....pure, innocent, beautiful, strange, unique are all words that come to mind. I know this review may seem a bit odd, but I truly believe once you read this book, you will understand what I mean. Pure storybook fantasy written in Gaiman's style, uniquely beautiful and genuinely innocent.

4/5 Carls

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