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 Lettiemagical, comforting, wise beyond her yearspromised to protect him, no matter what.A groundbreaking work from a m...
|Title||:||The Ocean at the End of the Lane|
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The Ocean at the End of the Lane Reviews
Whoopsie daisy, it's unpopular opinion time again. As I scroll through the Goodreads page of this book, I only find raving reviews. Four and five stars aplently, a rare three stars at the least. And here I am, positively convinced that Neil Gaiman is a terrific author, yet the two books I've read of him were completely underwhelming.
Thing is, I have no idea what the hell I just read. It was bizarre and weird and, quite frankly, not in a good way.
But I am not giving up. I will find a Neil Gaiman ...more
Some books you read. Some books you enjoy. But some books just swallow you up, heart and soul.
Very truly so.
Penning a review for this book is hard, so is the book itself. Complex and intricately sewn together.
No, I am not revealing the plot to you, dear wife. All I am saying is that this is a different work altogether. And a very, very fine one indeed.
The story weaves childhood memories and nightmares, beliefs and myths into one fragment after another, until the fabric is tight enough to hold th ...more
Tis a fyne tale.
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This was a magical story both happy and dark. I loved it so much! And Neil Gaiman did a wonderful job of reading his own book ❤
Once a boy befriended a girl named Lettie Hempstock, her mother and grandmother and nothing was ever the same again.....
There are beautiful and horrible things in this world and we find these things inside this book
A boy that is coming of age in a world we know nothing about and everything about....
It did make me sad but you have t ...more
Rating: 4* of five
The Publisher Says: 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 pa ...more
I really, really wanted to like this book...but like so many others, it fell flat.
Maybe it's because we follow the least-interesting character in the entire book. Honestly, I couldn't be the only one who would've preferred to get the perspectives of the witches or the worm-creature? Or even the spiteful cat.
I was a normal child. Which is to say, I was selfish and I was not entirely convinced of the existence of things that were not me, and I was certain, rock-solid, unshakeably certain, tha...more
It's kinda ridiculous how much I want to read this book.
I'm seriously considering abusing my small amount of power to see if I can wangle and ARC out of somebody....
Update - 7/5
I've been seeing a lot of different responses to my criticisms and I want to make some clarifications about my feelings (Warning: major spoilers)
(view spoiler)[One of the events in the book involves the narrator's father attempting to drown him. Now, it's not clear from the story how much is pure fantasy and how much is reality that's been warped into fantasy by the passage of time, but it's my interpretation that the events are at least based on reality, i.e. what the boy remembers ...more