The Ocean at the End of the Lane, Neil Gaiman

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  1. bachbooks Says:

    Summary:
    The story begins with the unnamed narrator returning to his childhood home for a funeral. With some time to kill, he drives past the site of his family’s old house and down the lane to his neighbor’s farm. Sitting on a bench beside their pond, he flashes back to tell a creepy and intense story of death, dark magic, betrayal, and friendship through the eyes of his seven year old self. From the death of his pet kitten to the disappearance of his only friend, the narrator tells an eerie and suspenseful tale of the shifting worlds inhabited by children and adults.

    Evaluation:
    I don’t usually like reading horror/suspense, but I thoroughly enjoyed reading The Ocean at the End of the Lane. Think Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children meets To Kill a Mockingbird. Dark and chilling with a proper touch of hope, Gaiman strikes a perfect balance and provides insight about both fantastic magic and plausible childish perspectives as he explores how we see the world. Our narrator demonstrates that, to children, adulthood is a powerful form of magic which gives grown-ups dominion over both their juniors and the larger world. Gaiman uses the power of imagination to manipulate the moon and transform a pond into an ocean and back again.

    Rating: 4 stars

    Recommendations: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, Hollow City, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Glass Castle, Harry Potter

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