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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 farmhou. Sitting down to write a review of this book I don't uite know where to start I was going to uote a passage that I particularly loved But no good can come of that Once I opened that door where would I stop uoting 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 truth here and beauty and joy and a sad sweet melancholy that moves through my chest like distant thunder I realize that what I am writing here is not really a review in any conventional sense It is a paen A panegyric It is the textual euivalent of a huge happy gormless grin And you know what I'm fine with that Let the professionals write their reviews Let them get all jargony about it Let them try to pin this book to the page not realizing that a pinned butterfly holds no delight A pinned butterfly is nothing like a butterfly at all I make no claims to impartiality in regard to Gaiman's work Sandman changed how I thought about stories Neverwhere was a talisman for me Stardust is a golden bell hung in my heart And American Gods taught me that there was a name for the sort of book I was struggling to write It was a picaresue So if you're looking for impartiality this is not the review for you Look elsewhere Me I will enjoy The Ocean at the End of the Lane without dissection It made me happy It made me feel less alone It made me love Neil Gaiman a little than I already did and that's something I didn't think was possibleDo I hope to someday write a book like this No I never could He's done something odd and strange and lovely here I couldn't hope to replicate it Instead this is what I hope In the future when Joss Whedon and I are best friends and hanging out together in my tree fort I hope Neil Gaiman comes over too Because then the three of us will all play Settlers of Catan together And I will win because I'm really great at Settlers of Catan But I will also be very gracious about it and apologize for putting the bandit on Gaiman's wheat twice in a row Then we will make ss and I will toast a marshmallow with such deftness and perfection that they will be amazed and realize I am kinda cool Then we will talk about Battlestar Galactica and which Doctor is our favorite and we will tell ghost stories late into the night God I'm tired I should really go to sleep I have no idea what I'm saying any I hope I don't regret this in the morning

review The Ocean at the End of the Lane

The Ocean at the End of the LaneSe 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 boyForty 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. All monsters are scaredThat's why they're monsters 48 hours ago when I read the last page for the first time I had this strange sad feeling Like I had come to the end of something beautiful without really comprehending the beauty of it until the last minuteWhich is why it took me a re read to realize how brilliant this book is The Ocean at the End of the Lane is childhood in 181 pagesShort Sweet Magical Scary RealThere is a reason this book is labelled as adult and it has nothing to do with sexual content or violence or gore To be an adult by age is meaningless because to truly appreciate this book you must be an adult by experience You must be adult enough to miss childhoodMe I'm not there yet I don't miss being a child because I remember being a child I can still see it when I turn backSo right now no This is not my favorite Gaiman bookBut in 20 odd years it probably will beBecause The Ocean at the End of the Lane is one of those booksIt can only grow in appeal the older you get And did I passThe face of the old woman on my right was unreadable in the gathering duskOn my left the younger woman said You don't pass or fail at being a person dear

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The Ocean at the End of the Lane Free read ☆ 0 Ú 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 HAnd Lettie magical comforting wise beyond her years promised to protect him no matter whatA 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 da. Monsters come in all shapes and sizes Some of them are things people are scared of Some of them are things that look like things people used to be scared of a long time ago Sometimes monsters are things people should be scared of but aren’t I turned 7 early in third grade It was a memorable school year because I had for a teacher a nun with a reputation Sister Evangelista was about 5 foot nuthin’ and symmetrical If the what’s black and white black and white black and white – a nun rolling down a hill joke were applied to her you would have needed a lot black and whites as her spherical shape would have kept her rolling a long time It earned her the nickname Cannonball She was notorious not only for her distinctive dimensions but for having a particularly foul temper Her starched garb also pinched her face into a state of permanent floridity and pursed her lips into a particularly fish like shape It was not a happy year for me at school There would be than one instance of raised voices and than one rap across the hands with yardsticks I was even banned from the classroom for a spell to wander the halls for hours unaccompanied But I somehow knew that eventually I would be a third grader no longer and would escape the sharpened claws and flapping habit of this creature She was unpleasant for sure but she did not present an existential threat Neil on a drainpipe as a lad – from his FB pageWhen the unnamed narrator of Neil Gaiman’s book The Ocean at the End of the Lane turns 7 he has troubles of his own It begins with zero attendance at his birthday party The family comes on some hard times and must take in boarders The boy is given a kitten Fluffy to ease the loss of his room but the pet falls victim to a cab arriving with a South African opal miner the latest paying resident Not long after the miner takes the family car It is found soon after at the end of a nearby lane with a body in the back seat and a hose running from the tail pipe to the driver’s window At the scene the boy meets an eleven year old girl Lettie Hempstock who takes charge of him and brings him to her family’s farm which borders the lane And so begins a beautiful friendship Members of the extended Hempstock family btw turn up in several other Gaiman books Lettie lives with her mother and grandmother When strange events begin to erupt in the area the boy’s sister is assaulted by flung coins the boy wakes up choking on a coin and other strangeness afflicts neighbors Lettie seems to know what is causing them She is sent to take care of it and brings the boy her little friend along They travel across the Hempstock property and into what seems another world mentions of Narnia and Alice in Wonderland among others let us know that lines will be crossed a place that has some threatening inhabitants Lettie confronts the troublemaker but the boy reacts to an event instead of thinking and disobeys her lone order to keep hold of her hand That is when the real trouble beginsImage taken from abcnetauThe boy is far too young for this to be a coming of age tale but a central element of horror whether of the Freddie Krueger Nurse Ratched or Sister Evangelista variety or the flapping beast central to Gaiman’s tale is one’s helplessness before a greater and ill intentioned power Although he doesn’t characterize his intentions as horror mongering Gaiman has laid out what he was up to in writing the bookIt was mean