My rating: 5 of 5 stars
How does one review a piece of literature that grabs on to you can connects with you with out spoiling the experience for others?
Neil Gaiman is nothing but a pure brilliance each time I read something he has written or hear of some thing he has said I am nothing but drawn and in awe. The Ocean at the End of the Lane is just another example of how amazing this mans mind is.
The story takes places mainly as a string of memory, the point of view of a man who needing sometime for himself after a funeral. He finds himself back to his childhood neighborhood to where is old house used to be then finds himself at old farmhouse down the lane which transports him back in his mind to the seven year old version of himself and the flood of memories and events come crashing back like waves has these times roll in as if they had never been lost or forgotten. The girl, the cat, the strange and magical events, the deaths, the fear, Letties pond, her friendship and courage, they all trickle back and he is once again that seven year old boy who had no friends just his books and batman figure...and the little girl who held his hand.
In the end after the memories have played there visit, was it worth it? Was he worth it? This little boy now a middle aged man was his life worth the sacrifices? Who knows...
*I was sent a copy for review*
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Inside the Book:
“Fantasy of the very best.” Wall Street Journal
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 where she once lived, 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. A groundbreaking work as delicate as a butterfly’s wing and as menacing as a knife in the dark, 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.
“[Gaiman’s] mind is a dark fathomless ocean, and every time I sink into it, this world fades, replaced by one far more terrible and beautiful in which I will happily drown.” New York Times Book Review
Meet the Author:
Neil Gaiman is the New York Times bestselling author of the novels Neverwhere, Stardust, American Gods, Coraline, Anansi Boys, The Graveyard Book, Good Omens (with Terry Pratchett), The Ocean at the End of the Lane, and The Truth Is a Cave in the Black Mountains; the Sandman series of graphic novels; and the story collections Smoke and Mirrors, Fragile Things, and Trigger Warning. He is the winner of numerous literary honors, including the Hugo, Bram Stoker, and World Fantasy awards, and the Newbery and Carnegie Medals. Originally from England, he now lives in the United States. He is Professor in the Arts at Bard College.
Visit his website at http://www.neilgaiman.com