Have you ever read a book that has physically stuck with you? So much so, that no matter how long it’s been since you’ve picked it up, pieces of its text will float into your thoughts, or a small experience will remind you of the novel’s plot.
This is exactly how I feel about Neil Gaiman’s, The Ocean at the End of the Lane.
The novel holds a special place in my heart. It was my first ‘adult’ fiction read, and it truly opened my eyes to the world of adult literature. Teen and Young Adult fiction will always be my soft spot, but this novel is really above the rest.
Focusing on the flash backs of a middle aged man, this story follows the strange occurrences of his old childhood home after encountering the young girl who lived at the end of the lane.
This novel mixes real life conflicts with fantastical elements, all viewed through a young 8 –year-old’s perspective. And the result is beautiful.
Truly, it’s a story about growing up, and opening one’s eyes up to the world, and Gaiman’s ability to combine words to flow seamlessly is magical. I was rarely jolted out of the book because of an out of place word, or due to the setting lacking in context.
I suppose the best way to describe this book is ‘dream-like,’ and if you love fantasy, but want to see a different way of it being presented, then I’m sure you’ll appreciate this novel.
Maybe I’m biased, but I would rate this book a 5 out of 5. It’s my favorite book – how could I not give it a perfect rating?
Have you read any of this novel, or any of Gaiman’s novels before? What did you think of them? Let me know what you think in the comments below!
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