The Ocean at the End of the Lane: A Novel

Hardcover | June 18, 2013

byNeil Gaiman

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A brilliantly imaginative and poignant fairy tale from the modern master of wonder and terror, The Ocean at the End of the Lane is Neil Gaiman’s first new novel for adults since his #1 New York Times bestseller Anansi Boys.

This bewitching and harrowing tale of mystery and survival, and memory and magic, makes the impossible all too real...

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A brilliantly imaginative and poignant fairy tale from the modern master of wonder and terror, The Ocean at the End of the Lane is Neil Gaiman’s first new novel for adults since his #1 New York Times bestseller Anansi Boys.This bewitching and harrowing tale of mystery and survival, and memory and magic, makes the impossible all too rea...

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A Globe & Mail 100 SelectionA major new work from "a writer to make readers rejoice" (Minneapolis Star Tribune)— a moving story of memory, magic, and survivalSussex, 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, ...

Neil Gaiman is the #1New York Timesbestselling author of more than twenty books, and is the recipient of numerous literary honors. Originally from England, he now lives in America.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:192 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.73 inPublished:June 18, 2013Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Disturbingly Beautiful. The writing, this story was beautiful. It both disturbed me, interested me, and entralled me. I will definitely read more of Neil Gaiman's works because for the moments I was gripped between the pages of this novel, I was possessed by a world of that had me riveted. Love! #plumreview
Date published: 2016-12-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good quick read This is the first book that I've read by Neil Gaiman. It was good fantasy, wasn't too long though and I'll probably look up his other books. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Enjoyed it I've read a couple of Neil Gaiman's book and while this isn't my favourite of his it's definitely still worth a read.
Date published: 2016-11-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Neil Gaiman, a master of his craft If you are a Neil Gaiman fan, this will not disappoint. Looking forward to reading this story again, just like I do with my other Neil Gaiman books.
Date published: 2016-11-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Another great Neil Gaiman book This was the third book I ever read by Neil Gaiman and he does not disappoint. The things that seem so easy to believe when we are children become impossible to believe when we are adults. Gaiman's main character returns to the place where he grew up and remembers things from his childhood that he had long since forgotten.
Date published: 2016-11-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book Great book. I definitely recommend reading this
Date published: 2016-11-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent This is amazing. Read it!
Date published: 2016-11-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So good! My favourite Neil Gaiman. :)
Date published: 2016-11-12
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not a fan This book was very confusing. This is not one of Neil's best books #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A perfect place to start This is by far my favourite Neil Gaiman. If you're interested in starting to read his books but you're not sure where to begin, Ocean is the perfect introduction to an amazing author
Date published: 2016-11-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautifully written This is my 3rd book of Neil Gaiman and I love his writing. The story and the characters drew me in and couldn't stop reading it. Beautiful book and a wonderful introduction to this authori
Date published: 2016-11-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved every page! This was my first time reading Gaiman and he is now one of my favorite writers. Couldn't stop reading this book, it had me hooked right away. Gaiman has such a way of creating magical worlds and making them seem real.
Date published: 2016-09-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent! This is the first book I've read by Gaiman and it was a brilliant read! The story was captivating and I couldn't put it down. Definitely recommend this book!
Date published: 2016-04-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from First time to Gaiman This is the first story that I have read by Neil Gaiman. It is a short but very great read. It left me wanting more! Now time to read some of Neil Gaiman's works!
Date published: 2015-12-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good, but confusing The book was quite good, sometimes it was scary, sometimes it was nice, for me near the end it was a bit confusng. I think there was something to do with time traveltme chanve-fixing
Date published: 2015-10-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Interesting and confusing I read this book as a book club choice so it's not my usual genre but I found it so interesting until the end where it gets a little confusing. Overall though it was a good read.
Date published: 2015-10-11
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not for me I have read a few Neil Gaiman books because they come highly recommended, but I have to admit that I am not a huge fan. I don't really love his stories or characters.
Date published: 2015-08-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Imagination knows no bounds Neil Gaiman knows how to entice his readers and take them to worlds of possibility. Difficult to put down and a very entertaining read.
Date published: 2015-02-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Ocean At The End Of The Lane Very imaginative and visually captivating. I was completely engrossed and stunned by the creativity.
Date published: 2015-01-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dont start it on a week night I couldn't put it down. It starts off a little bit slow but quickly grabs you and pulls you along for a great adventure. Mr. Gaiman is one of very few writers that can write a book that makes me forget about everything I have going on in my life as I get swept into the lives of the characters. If you like this one check out American Gods.
Date published: 2015-01-01
Rated 1 out of 5 by from The Ocean at the End of the Lane I guess I just didn't "get it" but I thought this book was pretty pointless and not at all "captivating" and "mesmerizing"
Date published: 2014-12-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Read I just finished reading this. What a great read. Story flows. Hard to put down. I recommend reading this.
Date published: 2014-12-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Interesting and imaginative I liked how this novel tied into Gaiman's existing Hempstead mythology - I enjoy oeuvre-wide arcs like Gaiman often does. Ursula is frightening villain - the storm scene is particularly memorable. Overall this book had the feeling of a good Diana Wynne Jones novel.
Date published: 2014-11-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very good Gaimam Has all the elements of a good Neil Gaiman novel. A good blend of reality and mythology overlaid on a captivating plot.
Date published: 2014-11-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hauntingly Beautiful A bitter-sweet tale that blends the very real terrors of child's mind with the fantastical, The Ocean at the End of the Lane is one that I could not put down and one that won't leave my mind.
Date published: 2014-10-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Magical Here's the thing with Neil. I don't like the titles of his books. I don't particularly like the covers of his books but after I read them I love them all the more for those two reasons. Lettie Hempstock and all the Hempstock women deserve a serious of books. Ok they don't deserve it they're fictional but I'd love to read more advertures featuring those gals!
Date published: 2014-10-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book Always enjoy my travels my escapes when reading Neil Gaiman. This book this journey is worth the time. Enjoy.
Date published: 2014-10-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Ms. Page Turner Imaginative, real, haunting, strangely comforting and disturbing the Ocean at the End of the Lane makes you want to chase elusive memories with serious effort. Who knows where they might lead? A story that sweeps you away to a world of horrors and warm custard.
Date published: 2014-09-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't put it down I read this book in an afternoon, and really, I could read it again today. It's dreamy, all-engrossing, and ridiculously entertaining.
Date published: 2014-09-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The ocean at the end of the lane. Was expecting great things from this book! Was looking forward to reading it. Started ok, did not like the middle. A little cheesy. I'd recommend the book for sure. I know plenty of people who would very much enjoy it. Short.. finished it in a day.
Date published: 2014-09-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Awesome !!! I read this book in one sitting and could not put it down. Awesome book. Takes you back to your own childhood. .Nothing like a great adult fairy tale to make your day.
Date published: 2014-08-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Quick and fun
Date published: 2014-07-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Worthy of all 5 stars This honestly is one of the best books I've ever read.
Date published: 2014-07-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ocean at the End of the Lane Great read. Fast paced and magical.
Date published: 2014-07-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read Couldn't put it down, very different!
Date published: 2014-07-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wendy Strange and fantastic and you can do it in this message. always sunny weather in this message to get to a great day.
Date published: 2014-05-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it Took a day to read but I was so engrossed I couldn't put it down
Date published: 2014-04-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Surprise! I didn't expect anyhing like this book! The title reveals nothing and I certainly didn't expect something like this. Really an interesting book!!
Date published: 2014-03-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from <3 Beautiful, just like anything Neil Gaiman writes.
Date published: 2014-02-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from <3 I liked this book because its different from the books I typically read. I found the story was engaging and made me want to read more. I would have liked the book to be a bit longer and found some pieces to be left unresolved, not sure if that was intentional for conversation purposes or not, but I prefer everything to be wrapped up with a bow.
Date published: 2014-02-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from <3 There is, maybe, somewhere in rural Sussex a house, country lane and a farm and the end of it. And beyond farm there, maybe, is a duck pond which a girl once called ocean. What is certain, is that all of it, and more, really comes to life in latest book of Neil Gaiman (second to latest in fact, he just Publisher another one before I got round to read Ocean at the end of lane). As Gaiman’s works go, this book starts in surprisingly real, almost mundane and most of all tangible world. It is not a bad thing, I must say, but just bit surprising. On second thought maybe not so much, when we are looking at the world through eyes of seven year old boy. No wonder we can almost taste those burned toasts. Story get darker very soon: declining family fortunes, strains in marriage and perhaps even moment of abuse verging on murder. By then however we are already entering one of those world which Gaiman builds with his narrative. We again, sometimes with tightly held breath, enter that boundary zone between dream, nightmare and myth and walk on the edge between perceptiveness, rapture and madness. And when go through, across the worlds, through bucket into ocean and out of a pond, through fear, decision and sacrifice we end at back of old farmhouse, where perhaps not only former seven year old boy, now man in his forties, remembers again, siting on old bench by the duck pond. And as he starts his car to finally leave the story a return to his family we close this book still with a bit of distant look in our eyes , saying: Well, Gaiman did it well. Again.
Date published: 2014-02-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from What imagination! I almost put this book down as I thought I was going crazy with what I was reading:( But I knew it was like nothing I had yet to read (was my1st book by Gaiman) so I kept reading. Was very Harry Potterish with all the odd 'beings' and words, but I honestly could not put it down. Glad I read it, such an imagination he has.
Date published: 2014-01-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A GROWN UP FAIRY TALE The reader never learns his name; only that he was a little boy who never really fit in with his family and enjoyed the company of his books more than that of people. We meet him at the beginning of the book and cannot be surprised that he has grown into a somewhat cynical and disillusioned adult. That is until he returns Sussex and takes a drive past where his childhood home once stood. Suddenly he remembers the summer he was seven and the interesting events that occurred after he met Lettie Hempstock and her unusual family. Neil Gaiman is best known as an author of children’s books. With this book he has bridged the gap and written a wonderful fairy tale for adults. Filled with mysterious strangers, unusual happenings, a strange family that makes him feel more comfortable than his own and a little girl who makes him believe her pond is the ocean and who wants nothing but be his friend, the book quickly draws the reader in to a world filled with wonder and magic. The only prerequisite is that the reader be willing to suspend reality and enjoy the adventure. This is a short book, quickly read but filled with so much heart and so much adventure that it will stay with you after you close the back cover.
Date published: 2013-10-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A STORY WITH DEEPER MEANING In childhood, a boy of 7 struggles with a difficult relationship with his mother and caregiver. When he becomes overwhelmed, he leaves the family's property, which he is forbidden to do, and through a relationship which begins with the 11 year old daughter of a more loving family, he discovers the strength to deal with his fears. Beautifully written. It challenged me to reflect on where I find comfort and courage.
Date published: 2013-10-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Captivating I listen to audio books back and forth in the car on the way to and from work. Usually I leave the discs in the car to be continued the next day. Not this time. Neil Gaiman himself is the reader on the audio version of his latest book, The Ocean at the End of the Lane. There is something magical about hearing an author perform their own work. And in this case - it truly was magical. Our unnamed narrator returns to his childhood home for a funeral. He vaguely remembers a house at the end the lane and drives down to see if it is still there. When he arrives, he begins to remember bits and pieces.....especially eleven year old Lettie Hempstock, who befriended the then seven year old narrator. Lettie live with her mother and grandmother. Out back of the farmhouse is a pond - one Lettie used to call the ocean. And as our narrator wanders back to it, he remembers more....something dark was set loose that summer. How to describe my thoughts? The book encompasses good and evil, friendship, love, loyalty, faith, fear, innocence lost, magic, adventures and of course monsters.....It's scary, sad, nostalgic, heartwarming, thoughtful.... Cautionary advice - this isn't a tale for children, even though it is written from a seven year old's viewpoint - there are adult scenes and themes. You could read/listen to The Ocean at the End of the Lane and get something different from it each time. A fantastical tale, a tale of childhood and our fears that most could relate to or perhaps a glimpse into Gaiman's own childhood. What a treat to hear Gaiman read his own tale - the inflections given, the pauses taken, the emotions imparted - all from hearing them spoken out loud. And at the end of the last disk, I felt like a child whose parent closed the book and turned off the light with a 'it's time to go to sleep now." And I never did - I always relived the story and wondered what else might happen. The Ocean at the End of the Lane left me with exactly that feeling - and that's a good thing.
Date published: 2013-09-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Imaginative, haunting, and sweet. Never have I wanted Chapters to implement half-star ratings until now. This book was so close to perfection, but I can't deny I had issues with it from the beginning. It's with a heavy heart that I have to give The Ocean at the End of the Lane 4-stars even if it really deserves 4.5 stars. Reminiscent of Gaiman's other novel, Coraline, The Ocean at the End of the Lane was dark, haunting and very original. In fact, it's the book I kind of wish Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children turned out to be. The atmosphere of the two books was similar, always so eerie and mysterious. But I think Gaiman did a better job at bringing the whole story together at the end. Not a single word was wasted; if a word appeared in The Ocean at the End of the Lane, it was there for a reason. In addition to spooky, this book was also very inventive, which is why I would recommend it to fans of Spirited Away. In that film, the world-building is beyond anything I've ever seen. It had a very unique story and set of characters, but at the end of the day, it's a story about finding yourself. Just like The Ocean at the End of the Lane. Gaiman, reminiscent of Coraline, give our main character an incurable curiosity mixed with childhood innocence. I truly believed in the 7-year-old's innocence and naive perspective on the world. And it wasn't just the main character who possessed such qualities. So did Lettie Hempstock. In fact, I would be wrong to call our narrator the main character in this story. Lettie outshone everyone else in the novel. She possessed the curiosity of a child, but the sense of security/comfort of an adult. If you and Lettie was to go on a play-date, you knew she would try the craziest things and open your eyes things you usually disregarded. But you somehow knew, no matter how crazy and dangerous the games appear to be, you'll always be safe with Lettie by your side. So why on Earth did I not LOVE the book? Well, I think Gaiman paid so much attention to bringing the whole story together at the end of the story, the first 40% of the book was written as springboard for the last 60%. The first 40% was slow, in my opinion. There were details within the first chunk that at the time appeared excessive. Often times, I wanted to say "Okay, I get it. Move on." to the book. If only I could have altered the pacing of this book, I would gladly give it 5-stars. (Perhaps Old Mrs. Hempstock can help me with that...) Ultimately, The Ocean at the End of the Lane is a book filled with comfort and love, despite being eerie and dark. And, most importantly, it makes the reader miss her home. (Please excuse me while I go hug my family). P.S.: I listened to this on audiobook. It was narrated by none other than Neil himself, so I highly recommend it. Edit #1: I didn't know this was optioned for a film. I really hope they do something similar Coraline, and not live-action.
Date published: 2013-08-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not at all what I expected I heard Gaiman's name but had never bought one of his books. This one was a great introduction. In a one night read, I fell into his wonderful imagination that produced the perfect characters for his story. Life can be changed and manipulated but not completely forgotten. This was really good reading.
Date published: 2013-08-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dark and Wonderful Neil Gaiman's latest book "The Ocean at the End of the Lane" reminded my why I like his fiction so very much. It is a short, compact tale that encompasses universes (ours and a few others). It is a tale about the power of childhood and of friendship. It is also a book for those of us who spent much of our childhood in books. "Books were safer than other people anyway." (9) In the case our protagonist, this definitely proves to be the case. In "The Ocean at the End of the Lane" adults, prove themselves singularly dangerous. The lodger becomes a suicide, discovered by the narrator and his father. His mother seems strangely detached from the family and finds fulfillment in socially approved good works (raising funds for wells in Africa) and at a job (ironically in an optometrist's office, helping others see more clearly). The most dangerous adult of all though, is the nanny Ursula Monkton, who seduces the father both body and mind. The only adults who seem safe are those who by any rational adult measure, are those one would steer away from, the Hempstocks. "I went away in my head, into a book. That was where I went whenever real life was too hard or too inflexible." (58) loved the bookish protagonist, who, like me, escapes into books, where the world makes sense and, where the troubles of life can be suspended until one is ready to emerge back into the real world. "The Ocean at the End of the Lane" is classified as adult fiction, but in an interview with Jian Ghomeshi on CBC's "Q", Gaiman said that he believed this book could and should be given and/or read to children (link here to the full interview). As a secondary school teacher/librarian I AM going to find a class to read this marvelous, dark, vividly imagined work to this year. I love Gaiman's play with the oldest forces in our and other universes. The cleaners for example, what are they, where DO they come from? Gaiman, hooked me with "American Gods" and, although I've not followed his epic graphic novel series "Sandman", I'm becoming very tempted to delve into this as well. I'm not sure what Gaiman does to hook me, but he's definitely got me on tenterhooks for more.
Date published: 2013-08-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Captivating and Quite Remarkable As one of the other reviewers wrote, this, embarassingly, was also the first Neil Gaiman book I've read. I bought American Gods years ago and it's been sitting on my shelf ever since (not for much longer now). Reading this book was a real treat. I bought it on a whim, and boy, did it impress. As the fantasy genre goes, there seems to be an evergrowing correlation between long novels and popular success. The Harry Potters novels became longer and longer. George Martin's series as well. This short fantasy book is equally as powerful, and crams quite a meaningful story into a short novel, by any standard. From the start, Gaiman deftly plunges the reader into the psyche of his unnamed protagonist. What really makes this character so special is the ease with which readers of any age can relate to him. Just as each and every one of us once saw the world through our own unique bright lenses, Gaiman's story can as easily be read as a pure fantasy or as the imaginings of a creative child. Overall, a great read, and an excellent introduction to the writings of Neil Gaiman.
Date published: 2013-08-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic! Well, ahem, uh, this is a little embarrassing... this is the first Neil Gaiman book I've read. And it was everything that everyone said it would be! I absolutely devoured it. Gaiman writes with ease and confidence and has an imagination that rivals that of (in this reader's opinion), Koontz and King. This book was thrilling, sad, and the perfect escape. I really enjoyed Gaiman's characters and I could not put this one down. Now I've got to get his other books. 5 Stars!!!!
Date published: 2013-07-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Worth it I haven't been buying physical books much lately because of the dawn of the ebooks and such but this one by Gaiman is one of the books that you have to have a physical copy. The quality of the paper and the way it's been bound is great, nice to see and hold. It's not a hard read and it's something that's quite entertaining as you go a long. It's a short read that you may or may not find some questions right after which in my case I did. I'm going to see if I can ask the author later about those questions and see if he'll reply or not. I recommend buying this book and try to get lost in the world that he's portraying. I wonder if I'll see an adaptation of it either on TV or the movies someday.
Date published: 2013-07-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fabulous, as always Neil knows how to write a story. Pick it up, read it, pass it along, tell others to read it, read his other books; you won't regret it.
Date published: 2013-07-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Neil Gaiman's Fantasy at its Best What I can say about Neil Gaiman’s new book that hasn’t already been said…it’s amazing and flowed as smoothly as water as I read it. Back to my own childhood…the belief I had in disbelieving things. Where all things were possible. Where the most wonderful things could happen and I wouldn’t question why. This is a short book…but it’s just long enough to take the reader into the other side of the tapestry of this world. Where do you feel safest? What in your world comforts you enough to stop you from looking at the other side? Do you believe… Write fast please, Mr. Gaiman…I would like to read your next book as soon as possible.
Date published: 2013-07-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fast paced, dark, yet longing and wise The Good Stuff Gaiman is a brilliant storyteller with a gift for a language that is unequal Neil's imagination and ability to create imaginary yet real worlds is also a gift Fast paced, dark, twisted, everything you expect and love from Gaiman The magic place of childhood before you grow up Not a word wasted. I wish I had the words to convey the brilliance of his writing. His words are almost poetic and so beautiful you can almost feel them wrap around you and drag you into his mind Sacrifice, leaving childhood behind, but longing for it Wanted to read this as soon as Gaiman discussed the inspiration behind the book. You can feel how personal this book is to him even if you don't know the background Friendship and sacrifice also another big theme of the story As in many other of his books Gaiman understands and conveys what childhood is, not the happy, sweet innocent time that parents want it to be, but more dark and uncertain (but still one of joy and wonder) The Not so Good Stuff I was a wee bit confused at times (but lets face it that probably more to do with my lack of intellect than Gaiman's talent) Favorite Quotes/Passages "As we age, we become our parents; live long enough and we see faces repeat in time." "Adult stories never made sense, and they were slow to start. They made me feel like there were secrets, Masonic, mythic secrets, to adulthood. Why didn't adults want to read about Narnia, about secret islands and smugglers and dangerous fairies?" "I do not miss childhood, but I miss the way I took pleasure in small things, even as greater things crumbled. I could not control the world I was in, could not walk away from things or people or moments that hurt, but I found joy in the things that made me happy. The custard was sweet and creamy in my mouth, the dark swollen currants in the spotted dick were tangy in the cake-thick chewy blandness of the pudding, an perhaps I was going to die that night and perhaps I would never go home again, but it was a good dinner, and I had faith in Lettie Hempstock." Who Should/Shouldn't Read Marketed as an adult book, but I disagree, think 11+ would get something from it Obviously fans of Gaiman's other book will enjoy If you like something a little bit spooky but with insight and heart - this is definitely for you 4.75 Dewey's I purchased this from work - cuz it's Gaiman and the man has an incredible gift
Date published: 2013-07-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this story Couldn't put it down. A one day read, and a very good read too.
Date published: 2013-06-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Imaginative and Scary. Great Read When you read a book as unusual as this, with border-line horror undertones and an adult fairy tale feel, stretching your imagination, it has to be a Neil Gaiman book. This is basically an adult fair tale even though the main character is primarily a seven-year old boy through most of this book. The story is clever, disturbing, and innocent all at the same time, plus it has a surprisingly touching story. I have to say, that for a fairly short novel (it was originally supposed to be a short story), it is a great read. I would definitely give this a 5 star rating.
Date published: 2013-06-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from from Neil's journal source: http://journal.neilgaiman.com The Ocean At The End of the Lane is a novel about memory and magic and survival, about the power of stories and the darkness inside each of us. It began for our narrator forty years ago when he was seven: the lodger stole the family's car and committed suicide in it, stirring up ancient powers best left undisturbed. Creatures from beyond the world are on the loose, and it will take everything our narrator has just to stay alive: there is primal horror here, and a menace unleashed -- within his family, and from the forces that have gathered to destroy it. His only defense is three women, on a ramshackle farm at the end of the lane. The youngest of them claims that her duckpond is an ocean. The oldest can remember the Big Bang. The Ocean at the End of the Lane is a fable that reshapes modern fantasy: moving, terrifying and elegiac -- as pure as a dream, as delicate as a butterfly's wing, as dangerous as a knife in the dark.
Date published: 2013-01-16

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