Shop now Shop now Shop now See more Shop all Amazon Fashion Cloud Drive Photos Shop now Learn More Shop now DIYED Shop now Shop Fire Shop Kindle Shop now Shop now Shop now
Customer Review

8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not really my thing, 8 July 2014
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: The Ocean at the End of the Lane (Kindle Edition)
In this very strange book - perhaps aimed at young readers - an unnamed narrator returns to his childhood home after a funeral and visits the neighbouring house where three women in the Hempstock family live. At the back of their home is a pond, which the youngest Hempstock claimed was actually an ocean. The narrator then remembers his childhood, and things become rather strange. A lodger commits suicide and a supernatural presence starts to leave money for people in strange places, our narrator waking one morning with a coin in his throat. His mother starts a new job and a childminder called Ursula Monkton is hired to look after him and his sister, after which events take a sinister turn.

It's a very short and peculiar book, and much is hinted at but unanswered. It feels almost dream-like in some ways, and like most dreams you wake without there being any resolution or logic to what you've experienced, and for me the book was similarly disjointed. By the end I still had no idea what it was all really about, and although the writing was good I can't really say I enjoyed it very much. Maybe I missed something, but then again I confess I'm not a fan of fantasy fiction - the genre this inhabits more than any other.

Lots of people clearly adore this book, but I'm afraid it wasn't my cup of tea at all.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No

Be the first person to comment on this review.

[Add comment]
Post a comment
To insert a product link use the format: [[ASIN:ASIN product-title]] (What's this?)
Amazon will display this name with all your submissions, including reviews and discussion posts. (Learn more)
Name:
Badge:
This badge will be assigned to you and will appear along with your name.
There was an error. Please try again.
Please see the full guidelines ">here.

Official Comment

As a representative of this product you can post one Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
The following name and badge will be shown with this comment:
 (edit name)
After clicking on the Post button you will be asked to create your public name, which will be shown with all your contributions.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.  Learn more
Otherwise, you can still post a regular comment on this review.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
 
System timed out

We were unable to verify whether you represent the product. Please try again later, or retry now. Otherwise you can post a regular comment.

Since you previously posted an Official Comment, this comment will appear in the comment section below. You also have the option to edit your Official Comment.   Learn more
The maximum number of Official Comments have been posted. This comment will appear in the comment section below.   Learn more
Prompts for sign-in
  [Cancel]


Review Details

Item

Reviewer

Peter Lee
(VINE VOICE)    (TOP 1000 REVIEWER)    (REAL NAME)   

Location: Manchester ,United Kingdom

Top Reviewer Ranking: 858