The Ocean at the End of the Lane (Prebound)

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There are books we cherish as children and ones we appreciate more fully the older we get. Then there are books like The Ocean at the End of the Lane,
a work that completely traverses the landscapes of childhood and adult
life, like an existential funhouse mirror that shows the reader who they
were and who they’ll always be. Neil Gaiman’s latest novel is a fairy
tale, a morality lesson and most importantly, an exquisitely gorgeous
story of growing up and the power of friendship. 

— Zack

July 2013 Indie Next List


“Gaiman is a magnificent storyteller, creating scenes so complete that you aren't just reading, but rather inhabiting a universe that's thoroughly believable yet truly otherworldly. The story's terror -- the claustrophobia and vulnerability of childhood, the way a child's wants, needs, and fears go unnoticed by adults, and the horrors that can result -- is perfectly balanced against the consolation of books, the magic of the natural world, and the power of those who do listen, understand, and take action to set the universe to rights at whatever cost to themselves. Painful and wonderful, gorgeous and horrifying, truly fantastic, essential and classic, this is a book to return to again and again.”
— Carol Schneck Varner, Schuler Books & Music, Okemos, MI

Description


A middle-aged man returns to his childhood home to attend a funeral. Although the house he lived in is long gone, he is drawn to the farm at the end of the road, where, when he was seven, he encountered a most remarkable girl, Lettie Hempstock, and her mother and grandmother. He hasn't thought of Lettie in decades, and yet as he sits by the pond (a pond that she'd claimed was an ocean) behind the ramshackle old farmhouse where she once lived, the unremembered past comes flooding back. And it is a past too strange, too frightening, too dangerous to have happened to anyone, let alone a small boy.

A groundbreaking work as delicate as a butterfly's wing and as menacing as a knife in the dark, The Ocean at the End of the Lane is told with a rare understanding of all that makes us human, and shows the power of stories to reveal and shelter us from the darkness inside and out.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781680652079
ISBN-10: 1680652079
Publisher: Perfection Learning
Publication Date: June 3rd, 2014
Pages: 181
Language: English