The Ocean at the End of the Lane
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The Ocean at the End of the Lane


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
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:181 pages

    The Ocean at the End of the Lane Reviews

  • Patrick
    May 31, 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
    Feb 10, 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
    Jun 24, 2013

    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
    Jan 09, 2013

    "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
    Jun 30, 2013

    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
    Oct 26, 2012

    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
    Feb 07, 2013

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

  • Inge
    Sep 20, 2014

    Whoopsie daisy, it's unpopular opinion time again. As I scroll through the Goodreads page of this book, I only find raving reviews. Four and five stars aplently, a rare three stars at the least. And h...

  • Alejandro
    Jul 08, 2013

    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...

  • Dan Schwent
    Nov 08, 2012

    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...