Friday, March 21, 2014

The Ocean at the End of the Lane

The Ocean at the End of the Lane
by Neil Gaiman

Genre: Fantasy

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.
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Review:  This was not a book for me.  It was strange, dark and disturbing.  I think it is well written but you have to like the fantasy genre in order to like this book.  You have to be prepared for very strange things to happen.  You have to be ready to be bothered by things especially knowing that the boy is only seven years old and must have been scared out of his mind. Perhaps I was not in the right mindset for this book.  It may take more thinking and analyzing it to really enjoy it and pick out the meaning behind everything.  It just wasn't for me.

Rating: 2 stars

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