Review: The Ocean at the End of the Lane

Review: The Ocean at the End of the Lane

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

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My Rating

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Official 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.


Review

I really wanted to love this book, especially since there are so many raving reviews about it. Unfortunately, this was a little bizarre and weird for my taste. I couldn't get fully invested in it - maybe because I did not care so much about the characters. In fact, the only character that intrigued me at all was the "villain", Ursula Monkton.

I appreciated the nostalgic elements and the "life lessons" it teaches about monsters not always being things you can see and whatnot, but other than that it was just okay.

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