The Ocean at the End of the Lane
3.99/5 by 304513 users

The Ocean at the End of the Lane

by

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.

A groundbreaking work from a master, 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. It is a stirring, terrifying, and elegiac fable as delicate as a butterfly's wing and as menacing as a knife in the dark.

Title:The Ocean at the End of the Lane
Edition Language:English
ISBN:0062255657
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:178 pages

    The Ocean at the End of the Lane Reviews

  • Patrick
    Dec 22, 2013

    Sitting down to write a review of this book, I don't quite know where to start. I was going to quote a passage that I particularly loved. But no good can come of that. Once I opened that door, where w...

  • Nataliya
    Dec 04, 2013

    Lettie shrugged. ?Nobody actually looks like what they really are on the inside. You don?t. I don?t. People are much more complicated than that. It?s true of everybody.? This story is an am...

  • Emily May
    Aug 25, 2016

    Adults are content to walk the same way, hundreds of times, or thousands; perhaps it never occurs to adults to step off the paths, to creep beneath rhododendrons, to find the spaces between fences. T...

  • Scarlet
    Mar 07, 2016

    "All monsters are scared.That's why they're monsters." 48 hours ago, when I read the last page for the first time, I had this strange, sad feeling. Like I had come to the end of something beautiful w...

  • Maciek
    Aug 10, 2016

    In the acknowledgments section of his latest novel, The Ocean at the End of the Lane, Neil Gaiman admits that the project was initially meant to be a short story, which grew to be a novel - not a very...

  • Patrick
    Jan 27, 2013

    It's kinda ridiculous how much I want to read this book. I'm seriously considering abusing my small amount of power to see if I can wangle and ARC out of somebody.... ...

  • David Monroe
    Dec 04, 2013

    I want to read this book so much....

  • Dan Schwent
    Jun 23, 2013

    While in his home town for a funeral, a middle aged man drives to the site of his parents' former home and visits visits the farm at the end of the road, where he remembers some curious events from wh...

  • Alejandro
    Apr 28, 2015

    Can a pond being an ocean? Sure! Why not? DON'T THINK IN LIMITATIONS BUT POSIBILITIES Nobody actually looks like what they really are on the inside. Once you can get to accept that a pond likely ca...

  • Will Byrnes
    Jun 02, 2016

    Monsters come in all shapes and sizes. Some of them are things people are scared of. Some of them are things that look like things people used to be scared of a long time ago. Sometimes monsters are...