2016/03/23

BOOK REVIEW:
THE OCEAN AT THE END OF THE LANE BY NEIL GAIMAN

Title: The Ocean at the End of the Lane
Author: Neil Gaiman
Published: 2013
Language: English
Pages: 181
Rating: 5/5


Summary:
Upon returning to his childhood home, our nameless main character finds himself remembering his past, where he once met a strange girl who led him into an unimaginable world.


Review:
I can't believe it took me so long to pick this up, I feel like this book was practically written for me! Magical, strange and melancholy - I absolutely loved it.

At times terrifying, heartbreaking and whimsical, this is a perfect book for anyone who likes magical worlds that are wonderful and horrible, light and dark, all at once. It's brilliant and in a lot of ways has a sort of intimacy to it. I thought the way he portrayed the characters in this book were wonderfully complex, especially the children. Even though there are all these magical and strange elements, it feels realistic.

I really like books that don't overexplain things, even if it means not explaining them at all, and this is one of those books. I do think some people would find that annoying, but I loved it. I found the story to be engaging and surprising, a little scary and dreamlike. The writing is lovely, easy to follow and Gaiman weaves a fascinating and whimiscal world effortlessly.

I would wholeheartedly recommend this book, especially if you like books like Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll or the Fairyland series by Cathrynne M. Valente.

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10 comments

  1. Neil Gaiman is no doubt, has amazing talent with words. I've read two of his works, Coraline and The Graveyard Book. The first one creeps me out, and the second one made me cry. Can't wait to read this book, it sounds whimsical as always with Neil Gaiman. Great review!

    Tasya // The Literary Huntress

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    1. I've read those too, but I think this one might be my favorite :D

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  2. This sounds fascinating! I haven't actually read Alice in Wonderland and I'm not usually a big fan of that kind of book, but I've seen The Ocean at the End of the Lane all over the place so I'm getting pretty interested in giving it a try. Thanks for the review :)

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    1. It comes with my warmest recommendations, I would definitely give it a go :D

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  3. I love the way you describe Gaiman's ability to let things be (even if that means we never get an explanation). It lends itself well to this ethereal kind of book - The Ocean at the End of the Lane is one of my all time favorites. Have you read any other Gaiman? I haven't but I want to branch out and try some more!

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    1. He really is amazing. I've read Coraline and The Sleeper and the Spindle. Both good, but Coraline is definitely more my kind of book :D I would recommend it if you like Gaiman's style :)

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  4. Adoro esse livro! O meu preferido do Gaiman.
    I love this book. My prefer of this author.

    Sorry my inglish! LOL


    >> Vida Complicada <<

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    1. Don't worry! :D It really is wonderful, I love his work too :D

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  5. I read ths recently, it didn't blow me away but it was definitely heartwarming. Also the edition I own features a Q & A with Gaiman and I loved to hear his thoughts on the book :)

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