Year released - 2013
Plot - A middle aged-man returns to his childhood home to attend a funeral. He is drawn to the farm at the end of the road, where, when he was seven, he encountered a remarkable girl, Lettie. He hasn't thought of Lettie in decades yet he sits by the pond..(and) the unremembered past comes back. And it is a past too strange, too frightening, too dangerous to have happened to anyone...
The Ocean at the end of the Lane starts with our narrator telling us about feared disaster as a child, no one attending your birthday party, at the start of the story his parents have a lodger an opal minor who accidentally kills a kitten and subsequently ends up killing himself in the family car. It is here that the narrator meets Lettie Hepstock who looks after him and takes him to the family farm, it is from here that their friendship begins to grow. Lettie lives with Old Mrs Hempstock and Ginnie Hempstock who own an ocean that resembles a pond for frogs at the end of their garden. Strange events start to erupt in the neighbourhood after the death of the minor, coins turning up in the oddest of places which leads to an encounter with something mysterious, powerful and dangerous being.
I have been dying to read this book for a long time, and I eventaully recieved it as a Christmas present last year and for me it did not dissapoint. This books has been labelled as a book for adults but a book children can read. The Ocean at the End of the Lane is childhood in a small book, it's sad, beautiful, magical and scary. This a wild fantasy for those who remember being child readers satisfying lovers of fairytales. I was competly absorbed and mesmerised by the narrative, it was beautifully written yet haunting. Throughout I did not want to put the book down, I wanted the story to continue for longer, I wanted to know what happened next.
Have you read any of Neil Gaimen's books, let me know which ones you have enjoyed the most.