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The Ocean at the End of the Lane

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 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....

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ISBN : 9780062255655
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Number of Pages : 181 pages
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The Ocean at the End of the Lane Reviews

  • RandomAnthony

    Although completely different from its predecessor, The Ocean at The End of the Lane is Gaiman's best work since American Gods. Whereas American Gods and much of Gaiman's (often mediocre) work since 2003 focus on at-arm's-length "give the people what they want" monster and weirdness storytelling, The Ocean of the Lane feels like the book Gaiman was trying to write when he wrote Coraline and The Graveyard Book. Deeply personal but not quite autobiographical, The Ocean at the End of the Lane is de ...more

  • Patrick



    Sitting down to write a review of this book, I don't quite know where to start.

    I was going to quote a passage that I particularly loved. But no good can come of that. Once I opened that door, where would I stop quoting?

    So let me say this. I genuinely loved this book. I look forward to reading it again. I will buy copies for my family as gifts. I will listen to the audio and lament my own lack of narrative skill. I will gush about it to strangers.

    In short, it is a Neil Gaiman novel.

    There is t
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  • Jayson

    (A-) 84% | Very Good

    Notes: We make pilgrimage to the landmarks of our childhood, in vain, to revive somehow the magic and wonder of youth.

  • Jennifer Masterson

    I absolutely loved "The Ocean at the End of the Lane"! I wish it had been longer! I'm late to the party, so so late to the party!

    This novel was much darker then I expected it to be. It is also so well-written! I mean the writing is just beautiful!!!

    A middle aged man goes back to his hometown to attend a funeral and he revisits his childhood memories of the time he was friends with a girl named, Lettie Hempstock. She was his only friend. The boy is age 7 and we are never given his name. We are n
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  • Inge

    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
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  • Maciek

    In the acknowledgments section of his latest novel, The Ocean at the End of the Lane, Neil Gaiman admits that the project was initially meant to be a short story, which grew to be a novel - not a very long novel, but a novel nonetheless. For fans it was big news, as it would be his first novel for adults since 2005's Anansi Boys.

    I was never really into Gaiman's work - I wasn't crazy about American Gods or Neverwhere and Coraline, all of which are routinely mentioned as fan favorites. I loved Sta
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  • David Monroe

    I want to read this book so much.

  • Jaidee



    3 "think I get it...but needed more" stars.

    I very much liked this adult fable but not to the extent that many of my real life and Goodreads friends did.

    At times I was completely absorbed and mesmerized by the narrative and other times I felt that the cosmology was inconsistent, random and a tad repetitive. I intuit that I understood the esthetic that Gaiman was attempting but often to me it was a miss rather than a hit. The writing was beautiful, rich and full of complex emotion but it often fel
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