The Ocean at the End of the Lane: A Novel by Neil GaimanThe Ocean at the End of the Lane: A Novel by Neil Gaiman

The Ocean at the End of the Lane: A Novel

byNeil Gaiman

Mass Market Paperback | June 28, 2016

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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

Neil Richard MacKinnon Gaiman was born in Portchester, England on November 10, 1960. Gaiman worked as a journalist and freelance writer for a time, before deciding to try his hand at comic books. Some of his work has appeared in publications such as Time Out, The Sunday Times, Punch and The Observer. His first comic endeavor was the gr...
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Title:The Ocean at the End of the Lane: A NovelFormat:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 6.75 × 4.19 × 0.64 inPublished:June 28, 2016Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0062459368

ISBN - 13:9780062459367

Reviews

Rated 3 out of 5 by from intriguing overall I enjoyed it, and while it did not go into detail in some areas I feel that was purposeful.
Date published: 2017-08-17
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not blown away I had high expectations for this novel as everyone seems to praise it but I felt let down. In all honesty I just wanted to finish it. There were cute, quirky moments but I did not feel drawn in to the fantasy world at all. I am glad it was a shorter story as anything longer would have been terribly hard to get through. I have other novels by Gaiman and will not let this one deter me from reading those.
Date published: 2017-07-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Charming Short Fantasy Novel A charming short novel from a master of the craft. The Ocean at the End of the Lane is the story of a small boy's childhood that is in parts magical and disconcerting. Fans of Gaiman will most likely enjoy it and if you are new to him, there is arguably no better place to start.
Date published: 2017-07-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Charming Short Fantasy Novel A charming short novel from a master of the craft. The Ocean at the End of the Lane is the story of a small boy's childhood that is in parts magical and disconcerting. Fans of Gaiman will most likely enjoy it and if you are new to him, there is arguably no better place to start.
Date published: 2017-07-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Charming Short Fantasy Novel A charming short novel from a master of the craft. The Ocean at the End of the Lane is the story of a small boy's childhood that is in parts magical and disconcerting. Fans of Gaiman will most likely enjoy it and if you are new to him, there is arguably no better place to start.
Date published: 2017-07-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Charming Short Fantasy Novel A charming short novel from a master of the craft. The Ocean at the End of the Lane is the story of a small boy's childhood that is in parts magical and disconcerting. Fans of Gaiman will most likely enjoy it and if you are new to him, there is arguably no better place to start.
Date published: 2017-07-14

Editorial Reviews

“When I finally closed the last page of this slim volume it was with the realization that I’d just finished one of those uncommon perfect books that come along all too rarely in a reader’s life.”