“The Ocean at the End of the Lane”by Neil Gaiman
“Nothing’s ever the same,” she said. “Be it a second later or a hundred years. It’s always churning and roiling. And people change as much as oceans.”
On some occasions when reading a book, I have to stop every few pages to marvel at the author’s writing abilities and just how fantastic they are at making words flow beautifully on the page. Neil Gaiman’s work is a prime example of that. He has this ability to write such poetic sentences and such haunting stories, it’s almost scary. His newest book, ” The Ocean at the End of the Lane” is no exception.
From the first page, I was sucked in.
This beautiful story about a man who revisits a small town in England, and remembers back to when he was seven and the adventures he went on. This book is not even 200 pages and yet it is better than half the books I read. Magical, nostalgic, and heartbreaking, I loved this book.
Although this is classified as an adult book, it read more like a children’s story in the sense that the majority of the book takes place when the man is only 7. Only one “romantic” scene would make it inappropriate for children to read. The characters are wonderful, and I loved how relatable the main character was.
“I went away in my head, into a book. That was where I went whenever real life was too hard or too inflexible.”
“There was a birthday present waiting to be read, a boxed set of the Narnia books, which I took upstairs. I lay on the bed and lost myself in the stories. I liked that. Books were safer than other people anyway.”
I really felt for the boy, especially when the new nanny comes into his family and seemingly wrecks his life. While I admit that storyline is a bit overdone in stories, it didn’t take away from the story. Childhood can be tough. But, having an escape, having a special type of freedom to cling to, can be your savior. Books and music were mine. His were books as well, and a special 11 year old girl named Lettie Hempstock. Her family was a joy to read about and helped the boy through a hard time in his life. Something I really appreciate.
I don’t want to describe too much of the book’s plot since it’s more fun to go into it a little blind, but just know this was a very imaginitive, a little sad, and a very nostalgic, fantasy story.
Overall, fantastic story. It’s slightly too short for me to give it five stars although I loved it, but I am definitely excited to read more from him. Stardust and Coraline are the only ones I’ve read previously. Definitely an author to seek out.:)