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Not really my thing,
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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.