The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

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 unr...


Details The Ocean at the End of the Lane

TitleThe Ocean at the End of the Lane
ISBN9780062255655
Author
Release DateJun 18th, 2013
PublisherWilliam Morrow Books
LanguageEnglish
GenreFiction, Fantasy, Horror, Magical Realism, Audiobook
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Reviews The Ocean at the End of the Lane

  • Nataliya
    2013-02-10
    Lettie shrugged. “Nobody actually looks like what they really are on the inside. You don’t. I don’t. People are much more complicated than that. It’s true of everybody.” This story is an amalgam of helplessness and innocent ignorance of childhood with universe-old wisdom, with mystery and wonder and unexplainable and unfathomable and things that lurk around the corners of reality and seep through the cracks in the world. There's friends...
  • Emily May
    2013-06-24
    Adults are content to walk the same way, hundreds of times, or thousands; perhaps it never occurs to adults to step off the paths, to creep beneath rhododendrons, to find the spaces between fences. This book is childhood.Are all Neil Gaiman books like this? So beautifully, hauntingly nostalgic? I confess, this is my first; but right now I am logging into amazon to make sure it isn't my last. I have one criticism, which is that this book isn't rea...
  • Patrick
    2013-05-31
    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 stranger...
  • Scarlet
    2013-01-09
    "All monsters are scared.That'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 minute.Which 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 pages.Short. Sweet. Magical. Scary. Real.There is a reason ...
  • Will Byrnes
    2013-08-13
    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...
  • Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
    2017-10-31
    $3.99 on kindle US. Today only! 2-4-18This was a magical story both happy and dark. I loved it so much! And Neil Gaiman did a wonderful job of reading his own book ❤Once a boy befriended a girl named Lettie Hempstock, her mother and grandmother and nothing was ever the same again.....There are beautiful and horrible things in this world and we find these things inside this book A boy that is coming of age in a world we know nothing about and ev...
  • Maciek
    2013-06-30
    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...
  • Patrick
    2012-10-26
    It's kinda ridiculous how much I want to read this book. I'm seriously considering abusing my small amount of power to see if I can wangle and ARC out of somebody....
  • Inge
    2014-09-20
    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....
  • Bookdragon Sean
    2018-06-01
    “I went away in my head, into a book. That was where I went whenever real life was too hard or too inflexible.” This is a book that teaches us that we should never stop dreaming, that we should never stop seeing oceans in ponds and that we should never, ever, stop seeing better worlds in the things we read.The pond that was an ocean bespeaks the level of optimism that is inherent with childhood dreams. Everything seems better. Everything se...
  • emma
    2017-12-22
    "I remember my own childhood vividly...I knew terrible things. But I knew I mustn’t let adults know I knew. It would scare them." -Maurice SendakConsidering how obsessed we are with the idea of childhood as a culture, it’s pretty wild that no one can capture it quite like Neil Gaiman.https://emmareadstoomuch.wordpress.co...There are a lot of movies about boring white-straight-male aspiring writers in their 30s being taught how to LIVE WHIMSIC...
  • Mohammed Arabey
    2015-06-07
    هل هي دراما اجتماعية أم واقعية سحرية، فانتازيا حضرية أم لعلها عالية..أم هي رواية رمزية؟كل هذا قد يتجمع في عالم واحد..عقل الأطفال، باﻷخص هؤلاء ذوي الخيالطفل وكتاب وقطة صغيرة، طعم الخبز اﻷسمر وتوست أبيض بلا طعم، المربي البيتي بالقطع و كوب لبن 'محلوب'...
  • Alejandro
    2013-07-08
    Can a pond being an ocean? Sure! Why not? DON'T THINK IN LIMITATIONS BUT POSIBILITIES Nobody actually looks like what they really are on the inside. Once you can get to accept that a pond likely can be a whole ocean, you will then enjoy this wonderful book.I think that Neil Gaiman, the author, was a genius even deciding the length of the book.Sure, the initial intention was to make a short story that ended inton being a novel, but at 181 pages ...
  • Dan Schwent
    2012-11-08
    While in his home town for a funeral, a middle aged man drives to the site of his parents' former home and visits visits the farm at the end of the road, where he remembers some curious events from when he was seven...First off, I'll get the gripes out of the way. The Ocean at the End of the Lane is marketed as Gaiman's first adult novel since Anansi Boys. It feels a lot more like a young adult novel, more akin to the Graveyard Book or Coraline t...
  • Fabian
    2014-08-12
    Everything you need to know about "The Ocean at the End of the Lane" is right there in the title. The Ocean it alludes to is deep (fathom-deep as the true meanings of family & love & death); blue (icy like the Coraline's motherspider antagonist-- the demonic Nanny McPhee in the middle of the story; cold like the rigidity of death, the panic of succumbing to childhood traumas); vast (like the leitmotifs spread out in elegant splendor along the nar...
  • Adina
    2014-12-10
    It is the first book I read by Neil Gaiman but I am sure it will not be the last. It is creepy and beautiful and hopeful and melancholic.It is a book about the innocence and helplessness of childhood, about memories and also about so much more as it contains a lot of universal truths so beautifully written.It is an adult story even if most of it is narrated through the eyes of a seven years old boy. I loved the definition of adults from the book:...
  • Lyn
    2014-01-30
    The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman is a fantasy in the The Graveyard Book section of his cannon, with Young Adult elements but written for adults. Like American Gods, the book explores mythos and ancient mysteries and Gaiman is in rare form with a subject matter that resounds with disconnects between our mature selves and our inner child. Gaiman approaches the supernatural in his story in much the same way as Jo Walton did in Among O...
  • Jayson
    2013-08-31
    (A-) 84% | Very GoodNotes: We make pilgrimage to the landmarks of our childhood, in vain, to revive somehow the magic and wonder of youth.
  • Archit Ojha
    2016-03-23
    Some books you read. Some books you enjoy. But some books just swallow you up, heart and soul.Very truly so.Penning a review for this book is hard, so is the book itself. Complex and intricately sewn together.No, I am not revealing the plot to you, dear wife. All I am saying is that this is a different work altogether. And a very, very fine one indeed.The story weaves childhood memories and nightmares, beliefs and myths into one fragment after an...
  • Miranda Reads
    2017-11-07
    I really, really wanted to like this book...but like so many others, it fell flat. Maybe it's because we follow the least-interesting character in the entire book. Honestly, I couldn't be the only one who would've preferred to get the perspectives of the witches or the worm-creature? Or even the spiteful cat. I was a normal child. Which is to say, I was selfish and I was not entirely convinced of the existence of things that were not me, and I...
  • Mitch
    2013-06-19
    Update - 7/5I've been seeing a lot of different responses to my criticisms and I want to make some clarifications about my feelings (Warning: major spoilers)(view spoiler)[One of the events in the book involves the narrator's father attempting to drown him. Now, it's not clear from the story how much is pure fantasy and how much is reality that's been warped into fantasy by the passage of time, but it's my interpretation that the events are at le...
  • Jennifer Masterson
    2016-05-15
    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 ...
  • PirateSteve
    2016-01-01
    Tis a fyne tale.
  • Richard Derus
    2013-08-03
    Rating: 4* of fiveThe Publisher Says: 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...
  • Matthias
    2017-02-04
    Nostalgia is widely frowned upon. In these hectic times of living fast and forward, those who look back, fall back. Those who contemplate their past and do so with a smile and a tear are said to live in museums of memories, stagnant, each teardrop further calcifying their energy into immovable stalactites. What good is there in replaying old movies? Why settle for a small library of old childhood adventures when each day offers a new one? Why cli...
  • Valya Lupescu
    2013-02-18
    This is my favorite of Neil Gaiman’s books so far—a haunting novel about sacrifice, boundaries, and things remembered. So many twisted and tattered new characters to get into our heads and under our skin. Once again, Neil does what he does so well: he takes us by the hand and introduces us to a dark, tangled corner of the universe full of things that make us shiver and hold our breath in the dark. Authentic and compelling, there’s much bene...
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    2016-07-18
    Φτιάχνω απόψε με κουρέλια και σανίδιαέναν συνοικισμό αυτόνομοΜ’ αυτούς που ψάχνουν για διαμάντια στα σκουπίδιακαι στον υπόνομοΚι αντί να ψάχνω το κουκί και το ρεβύθιστο τέλμα αυτό που βυθιζόμαστεΦτιάχνω μαζί σας το δικό μας παραμύθιγιατί χανό...
  • Jaidee
    2013-11-23
    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,...
  • Sanjay Gautam
    2015-02-26
    I picked up this book with high expectations but in the end I felt that Gaiman has stretched the story unnecessarily - it could've been a really nice, but not great, short story, had he not extended it. Weird - was the first word that popped up in my mind, as soon as I started reading. The second word that popped up was Holden Caulfield (from The Catcher in the Rye), because the boy reminded me of him. I remember enjoying reading The Catcher in t...