The ocean at the end of the lane
Publication year: 2013
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Headline Review
This was such an easy book to read, it just took me in and wrapped me up. For me it was all about childhood, the dreams, nightmares and monsters that frighten a seven year old. How we use them to explain things we don't understand in an adult world. NG has this wonderful knack of blending the real and the fantasy, blurring the edges but making it all plausible. I loved this little seven year old boy, bookish and quiet, happy to retreat into his fantasies. Misunderstood by his father finding solace in the three women at the end of the lane. Magical, mysterious, in parts menacing, beautifully written by a brilliant storteller. This is only my second NG, the other "The Anansi Boys, had me laughing out loud. When I feel like a change and another foray into the fantasy genre NG you are my man, I think I love you!
<p><b>WINNER OF THE SPECSAVERS NATIONAL BOOK AWARDS 2013 BOOK OF THE YEAR</b></p><p><b><i>The Ocean at the End of the Lane</i> is the bestselling magical novel from Neil Gaiman, one of the most brilliant storytellers of our generation and author of the epic novel <i>American Gods</i>, and the much-loved <i>Sandman</i> series. 'Possibly Gaiman's most lyrical, scary and beautiful work yet. It's a tale of childhood for grown-ups, a fantasy rooted in the darkest corners of reality' (<i>Independent on Sunday). </i>If you loved the mesmerising world of Erin Morgenstern's <i>The Night Circus</i> or were drawn into J.K. Rowling's magical universe, this book is for you.</b> </p><p>It began for our narrator forty years ago when the family lodger stole their car and committed suicide in it, stirring up ancient powers best left undisturbed. Dark creatures from beyond this world are on the loose, and it will take everything our narrator has just to stay alive: there is primal horror here, and menace unleashed - within his family and from the forces that have gathered to destroy it. </p><p>His only defence is three women, on a farm at the end of the lane. The youngest of them claims that her duckpond is an ocean. The oldest can remember the Big Bang.</p><p><i>The Ocean at the End of the Lane</i> is a fable that reshapes modern fantasy: moving, terrifying and elegiac - as pure as a dream, as delicate as a butterfly's wing, as dangerous as a knife in the dark.</p>