Review : The Ocean at the end of the lane by Neil Gaiman

“Sussex, England. 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, 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.

Forty years earlier, a man committed suicide in a stolen car at this farm at the end of the road. Like a fuse on a firework, his death lit a touchpaper and resonated in unimaginable ways. The darkness was unleashed, something scary and thoroughly incomprehensible to a little boy. And Lettie—magical, comforting, wise beyond her years—promised to protect him, no matter what.” (Goodreads)

I had no idea what i was getting into when i first opened this book. The only thing i needed to know was that Neil Gaiman wrote it. So far, everything i have read by Neil Gaiman was a magical ride. Magical. That’s the perfect word to describe this book. Not only is the writing beautiful (like always, Gaiman is a wonderful writer!), but the story was such a fun adventure! It was full of interesting ideas and great moments. I love the way he talks about dreams and fears using the point of view of a child.
This book is like a small legend. The story is full of mysteries and questions. We don’t have the answers and we don’t need them. All you need is a bit of imagination and to open your mind to a world of magic. Enjoy the ride.

The Ocean at the end of the lane : 4.5/5


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