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Review of The Ocean at The End of The Lane by Neil Gaiman

Review of The Ocean at The End of The Lane by Neil GaimanThe Ocean at the End of the Lane Published by William Morrow on June 18th 2013
Pages: 259
Source: Book Exchange

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

In ” An Oyster Shell-  A dark fairytale story, that could only come from the throws of a mad-genius. 

The Pearls –The concept of this book is simple and complicated all at once. I would almost classify it as an urban fantasy, but it’s not quite that. I feel Gaiman kept straddling that line of not-quite on many facets. It kept me guessing the whole time and I wasn’t quite sure what was going on. Yet, I felt like I might understand but I didn’t quite. Lettie is a very prominent character but not quite with being a “simple country girl” It was kind of trippy! 

The Sand –This is not my usual cup-of-tea. I was glad to try it but it was too dark and twisted for my taste. 

I give this 4 Pearls.

4 Stars
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