Inside the Book:
UK National Book Awards 2013 “Book of the Year”
“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
I’ve been aware of this book for quite some time now but never got around to reading it. So when I received an invitation to join the Blog Tour, I decided the time had come to see what the hype was about. I’m happy to say the hype is well-deserved. If I could use two words to describe this book, they would be poignant and haunting.
The story is told in a manner that is poetic in its simplicity, that draws you in slowly yet deeply with each word. There is a definite dark fairy-tale feel to it and the eerieness experiences throughout is one its qualities that I best loved. The Ocean At The End Of The Lane is a lyrical tale beautifully woven of magic, mystery and the innocence of childhood. The writing is beautiful and seduces the reader into falling in love with the characters, making one feel as though one is privy to their deepest thoughts and whims, allowing one to be fully immersed in this world.
Mr Neil Gaiman is a master storyteller and I can honestly say that his in a unique voice which I would like to ‘hear’ more of. I intend to read everything he has ever published and I urge all readers, regardless of which genres are your favourites, to do the same.
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