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The Ocean at the End of the Lane

Gaiman, Neil (Book - 2013 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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It began for our narrator forty years ago when the family lodger stole their car and committed suicide in it, stirring up ancient powers best left undisturbed. Dark creatures from beyond the world are on the loose, and it will take everything our narrator has just to stay alive: there is primal horror here, and menace unleashed - within his family and from the forces that have gathered to destroy it. His only defense is three women, on a farm at the end of the lane. The youngest of them claims that her duckpond is ocean. The oldest can remember the Big Bang.
Authors: Gaiman, Neil
Title: The ocean at the end of the lane
Publisher: New York, NY :, William Morrow,, [2013]
Edition: First edition.
Characteristics: 181 pages ;,22 cm
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
Summary: It began for our narrator forty years ago when the family lodger stole their car and committed suicide in it, stirring up ancient powers best left undisturbed. Dark creatures from beyond the world are on the loose, and it will take everything our narrator has just to stay alive: there is primal horror here, and menace unleashed - within his family and from the forces that have gathered to destroy it. His only defense is three women, on a farm at the end of the lane. The youngest of them claims that her duckpond is ocean. The oldest can remember the Big Bang.
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ISBN: 0062255657
9780062255655
Statement of Responsibility: Neil Gaiman
Subject Headings: Magic Fiction. Memory Fiction. Survival Fiction. Boys Fiction. Women Fiction. Good and evil Fiction.
Genre/Form: Fantasy fiction.
Topical Term: Magic
Memory
Survival
Boys
Women
Good and evil
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Jul 31, 2014
  • firered81 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A good book for any Neil Gaiman fan.

Jul 31, 2014
  • AllOfTimeAnd_ rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I was introduced to Neil Gaiman through his writing in the BBC television show Doctor Who. The Ocean at the End of the Lane was simply remarkable, and I could not put it down. Since then, Neil Gaiman has become one of my favourite authors. 10/10 would read again or recommend.

Jul 18, 2014
  • jessie93 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Simply wonderful. Neil Gaiman writes as if things simply are, without needing justification. This book is like experiencing a fleeting dream.

Jul 12, 2014
  • sfogs rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Gaiman writes is such a way that the words and pages seem to fly past.
I started this book only yesterday, and have finished this morning.
A haunting tale, that had me completely absorbed.

I have to confess that this book was so obscure that I couldn`t figure out any of it. I managed to finish it in one sitting, but ended up very frustrated. It would have been appropriate if the writer had given some clue as to what he was trying to articulate - but in the absence of this, it seems a bit futile to wrap up your message in such a convoluted form that the average reader is quite unable to decipher it.
Brian Richardson,
6 June, 2014.

May 19, 2014
  • GeoffAbel rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Didn't quite live up to my hopes (and the hype) as Gaiman's new book that I'd been waiting for; but it's a very nice little story. Worth the couple hours.

Apr 30, 2014
  • Katiefmccauley rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book reminded me so much of A Wrinkle in Time. Darker, maybe, but every bit as wonderful and beautifully written.

Apr 22, 2014
  • denise99 rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

I enjoy quirky stories but only read 30 pages before I returned this book. A waste of time.

Apr 17, 2014
  • billmacrotarian rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Neil Gaiman has created some of the most bizarre stories of any written today. In this entry a grown man recalls incidents from his childhood and his relationship with a remarkable 11 year old girl and her family. My favourite question of his to the girl who claims to be 11 is; “Yes, but how long have you been 11?”

Children under threat always makes for engrossing reading and nobody does it better than Neil Gaiman. Is it fantasy? Is it science fiction? Is it both? Who knows?

Apr 17, 2014
  • glenbuckeye rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

fairy tale, fun look at life through a kids eyes, very quick read.

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Jan 08, 2014
  • carterasm1 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

carterasm1 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

Jul 07, 2013
  • pagetraveler rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

pagetraveler thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 12 and 99

Jun 19, 2013
  • JOE KEEGAN rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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Oct 21, 2013
  • mvkramer rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A man returns to his childhood home for a funeral, and suddenly finds himself remembering the strange events of his childhood -- when he was seven, and met Lettie Hempstock. That year, an unfortunate man killed himself on Lettie's property, and unwittingly released something ancient and malevolent upon the village. When the eldritch entity threatens our narrator's family, Lettie promises to keep him safe. But at what cost?

Aug 02, 2013
  • AnneDromeda rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Neil Gaiman’s *The Ocean at the End of the Lane* is a fairy tale for adults in the best possible sense. It’s incredibly lightweight – at only 178 pages, Gaiman has stripped down his prose and left a spare, stunning myth that can be read in one stop on the beach blanket. Indeed, you may find you need the sunbeams – if this dark, bewitching tale doesn’t send a shiver down your spine, you likely have no pulse.

The book opens with an unnamed man returning to his childhood home after the death of a family member. In his grief, he’s drawn to the farm of a childhood friend named Lettie Hempstock. He winds up seated next to a pond they called the ocean, lost in childhood memories.

He had been a shy, quiet child who loved to read and had few friends. Soon after he turned seven, a boarder living in the narrator’s home took his own life. After discovering the body, the narrator is comforted by the Hempstocks, a family of remarkable women who live at the end of his lane.

Gaiman has created something special with the Hempstocks. Though they’re plainly supernatural, Gaiman makes no effort to explain what they are beyond imbuing them with spiritual elements from the Maiden/Mother/Crone trinity found in neopagan mythology. This lack of explanation makes them all the more powerful – as Gaiman well knows, a story’s real power lies in the unknown.

The narrator begins to bond with 11-year-old Lettie Hempstock. She keeps his company as a series of strange events unfold, all seemingly related to the suicide of the opal miner who boarded with the narrator’s family. Lettie takes the narrator on an errand to banish the being causing the trouble. This errand alone contains all the creepy beauty and wild atmosphere Gaiman’s known for, but it’s just the beginning. The being follows the unnamed young protagonist back home and manifests itself as an evil nanny named Ursula Monkton. She dedicates herself to trapping and enslaving the young boy.

Gaiman lets the story of an evil nanny tormenting the painfully young abandoned narrator unfold as simply as any children’s tale. This makes the powerful, luminous spirituality of the tale’s final showdown all the more profound. The only words to capture the dark beauty and wonder of the final pages of *The Ocean at the End of the Lane* are the ones Gaiman has already used, so you’ll just have to read it yourself. You won’t regret it – this is hands-down the most moving book I’ve read this year. Like any fairy tale, it’s a fiction for the ages, meant for telling the truth.

Jul 07, 2013
  • pagetraveler rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A man returns to his boyhood home and remembers events of the past that have been lost to him.

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Sep 23, 2013
  • JCLChrisK rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I liked myths. They weren't adult stories and they weren't children's stories. They were better than that. They just were.

Sep 21, 2013
  • JCLChrisK rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I lived in books more than I lived anywhere else.

Sep 21, 2013
  • JCLChrisK rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Adults follow paths. Children explore. Adults are content to walk the same way, hundreds of times, or thousands; perhaps it never occurs to adults to step off the paths, to creep beneath rhododendrons, to find the spaces between fences.

Sep 21, 2013
  • JCLChrisK rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Nobody actually looks like what they really are on the inside. You don't. I don't. People are much more complicated than that. It's true of everybody.

Sep 21, 2013
  • JCLChrisK rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Oh, monsters are scared. That's why they're monsters.

Sep 21, 2013
  • JCLChrisK rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I'm going to tell you something important. Grown-ups don't look like grown-ups on the inside either. Outside, they're big and thoughtless and they always know what they're doing. Inside, they look just like they always have. Like they did when they were your age. The truth is, there aren't any grown-ups. Not one, in the whole wide world.

Sep 21, 2013
  • JCLChrisK rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I do not miss childhood, but I miss the way I took pleasure in small things, even as greater things crumbled. I could not control the world I was in, could not walk away from things or people or moments that hurt, but I found joy in the things that made me happy.

Sep 21, 2013
  • JCLChrisK rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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 unshakably certain, that I was the most important thing in creation. There was nothing that was more important to me than I was.

Sep 21, 2013
  • JCLChrisK rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A story only matters, I suspect, to the extent that the people in the story change.

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