Book Review// The Ocean at the End of the Lane

The Ocean At the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

Goodreads 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.

Published: June 18 2013

5/5 Cups of Tea

My Thoughts

This was my second book that I’ve read by Gaiman. It was beautifully written, I felt as if I was transported into this book. The descriptions of the characters and settings were lyrical; it flowed so perfectly and beautifully.

 “Childhood memories are sometimes covered and buried beneath the things that come later, childhood toys forgotten at the bottom of a crammed adult closet but they are never lost of good”

I was reminded of my childhood, and of what we lose when we grow older and become adults. It was like an ode to being a child, and to childhood. I enjoyed this book as an adult, but I can imagine younger Kaitlyn reading this novel and falling in love, being terrified and wanting to read more Neil Gaiman’s book. As a child I consumed books, I could be found with a book in one hand and a stuffed animal in the other.

This book will always hold a special place in my heart – it comes from a very special place that I want to visit again, it instilled a love of reading and inspired me to make this wonderful little blog. This book also led me to reminisce about my childhood with my sister, what games we made up together and the worlds we pretended to live in.

What’s really special about this novel is that I picked it up in Greece at the Atlantis Bookshop. This book was hidden amongst the shelves. At this point in our trip we were on Santorini and I was mostly done “Trigger Warnings.” I really enjoyed reading this novel and I wanted something else to read by Gaiman. I didn’t have high hopes of finding a novel of his in this famous bookstore but I did! Even the cashier was surprised that I found it as she wanted it for herself.

When I finished this book I felt sad and emotionally exhausted. It was like a ran a book marathon, very few books left me feeling in this manner, I like to think only the best ones left me with this feeling.

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