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You do not question what Neil Gaiman writes. Maybe it is what he adds to the story. Maybe it is his imaginative power that leaves readers spellbound, no matter what. Maybe it is also the way he infuses his "special" touch of magic and fantasy to everything he writes - from a short story to a novel to a graphic novel at that. To read a Gaiman is to truly get lost and forget the world and be absorbed in worlds he creates for his readers. His latest offering, "The Ocean at the End of the Lane" does just that.
The narrator of the book goes back to where he started from. His hometown in England. He is now in his forties and remembers the time he was a seven year-old. He remembers the time their family lodger stole his father's car, committed suicide in it and unleashed the powers of an unknown world. From there on his troubles begin and he gets caught in the fantasy of the unknown, surrounding the two women and a girl, known as the Hempstocks, who will be the ones saving his life throughout the book.
The reflection of childhood and its own set of troubles have been beautifully described by Mr. Gaiman. The book could have gone astray, given the storyline, but in the hands of a genius, it is nothing short of a pure enchanting work, even though it is quite short compared to the rest of his works. A book that has to be cherished slowly into the night and then reread the next day.
A man returns to his childhood home to attend a funeral and remembers his checkered past, one that involved a girl who thought a pond was The Ocean At The End Of The Lane.
Summary of the Book
Back at his childhood home for the first time in decades, a man remembers his childhood and a magical girl named Lettie Hampstock. He reminisces about a frightening incident, one that released a dark and frightening magic. And only Lettie seems to know what is happening.
About Neil Gaiman
Neil Gaiman is an English writer. He is famous for his work on the Sandman series of graphic novels, Neverwhere, Smoke And Mirrors, American Gods, Anansi Boys and Coraline.
His work has won several awards, including the prestigious Hugo and Nebula awards for Fantasy and Science Fiction.