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Remarkable . . . wrenchingly, gorgeously elegiac. . . . [I]n The Ocean at the End of the Lane, [Gaiman] summons up childhood magic and adventure while acknowledging their irrevocable loss, and he stitches the elegiac contradictions together so tightly that you won t see the seams. --Star Tribune (Minneapolis) on THE OCEAN AT THE END OF THE LANE"
Gaiman has crafted an achingly beautiful memoir of an imagination and a spellbinding story that sets three women at the center of everything. . . .[I]t s a meditation on memory and mortality, a creative reflection on how the defining moments of childhood can inhabit the worlds we imagine. --Journal Sentinel (Milwaukee, WI)"
His prose is simple but poetic, his world strange but utterly believableif he was South American we would call this magic realism rather than fantasy. --The Times (London) on THE OCEAN AT THE END OF THE LANE"
[W]orthy of a sleepless night . . . a fairy tale for adults that explores both innocence lost and the enthusiasm for seeing what s past one s proverbial fence . . . Gaiman is a master of creating worlds just a step to the left of our own. --USA Today on THE OCEAN AT THE END OF THE LANE"
Poignant and heartbreaking, eloquent and frightening, impeccably rendered, it s a fable that reminds us how our lives are shaped by childhood experiences, what we gain from them and the price we pay. --Kirkus Reviews (starred review)"
[A] compelling tale for all ages . . . entirely absorbing and wholly moving. --New York Daily News on THE OCEAN AT THE END OF THE LANE"
[A] story concerning the bewildering gulf between the innocent and the authoritative, the powerless and the powerful, the child and the adult. . . . Ocean is a novel to approach without caution; the author is clearly operating at the height of his career. --The Atlantic Wire on THE OCEAN AT THE END OF THE LANE"
Ocean has that nearly invisible prose that keeps the focus firmly on the storytelling, and not on the writing. . . . This simple exterior hides something much more interesting; in the same way that what looks like a pond can really be an ocean. --io9"
This slim novel, gorgeously written, keeps its talons in you long after you ve finished. --New York Post on THE OCEAN AT THE END OF THE LANE"
In Gaiman s latest romp through otherworldly adventure, a young boy discovers a neighboring family s supernatural secret. Soon his innocence is tested by ancient, magical forces, and he learns the power of true friendship. The result is a captivating read, equal parts sweet, sad, and spooky. --Parade on THE OCEAN AT THE END OF THE LANE"
The Ocean at the End of the Lane is fun to read, filled with his trademarked blend of sinister whimsy. Gaiman s writing is like dangerous candyyou re certain there s ground glass somewhere, but it just tastes so good! --Bookish (Houston Chronicle book blog)"
The impotence of childhood is often the first thing sentimental adults forget about it; Gaiman is able to resurrect, with brutal immediacy, the abject misery of being unable to control one s own life. --Laura Miller, Salon"
[W]ry and freaky and finally sad. . . . This is how Gaiman works his charms. . . . He crafts his stories with one eye on the old world, on Irish folktales and Robin Hood and Camelot, and the other on particle physics and dark matter. --Chicago Tribune on THE OCEAN AT THE END OF THE LANE"
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. --Charles DeLint, "The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction" on THE OCEAN AT THE END OF THE LANE" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From New York Times and Sunday Times bestselling writer Neil Gaiman, comes a novel of memory, magic and survival, about the power of stories and the darkness inside each of us.See all Product description
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If you like a quirky, bizarre story then you've come to the right place. You know those sort of stories that immerse you in a surreal fantasy world that could just possibly exist alongside an everyday real one? Whilst people's lives intertwine with it, oblivious to its existence? Then yes, this is DEFINATELY for you.
It's dreamlike and slightly nuts in places, but altogether highly original. Yet it's told in a clever, matter-of-fact way that it actually makes it strangely plausible. It's a fantasy-fairylike-tale with a whopping, great punch throughout.
I must mention that the intimidation of the young boy by a truly vile villain, together with the 'angry birds' scene later in the book are captured in a perfectly sinister manner, painting quite a graphic image in your mind.
And I'll admit, I got myself lost a couple of times with the changing story between the past (the young boy) and the present (the boy grown up), particularly toward the end, but a quick re-read of the chapter put me straight. That was my fault entirely and not the book - therefore, I would recommend giving it your 100% attention to fully appreciate it, it would be a crime not to.
This is the first book I've read by Neil Gaiman and it's left me wanting to read more. 4.5 stars out of 5.
As I said, I enjoyed the book from the start to finish, I love the worlds that Neil Gaiman creates and how his stories unfold, you become part of the story.
A lovely read.