Much like The Illusion of Separateness that I reviewed on Monday, I adored every single thing about this novel and have nothing negative to say about it. The Ocean at the End of the Lane is my first full length Gaiman. My local indie bookstore tweeted me that they had signed copies available, and I ran immediately to pick this delightful little story up. I sat down the next evening and read it in one sitting. Four hours that ran the emotional gamut. READ. THIS. BOOK.
I’m not going to really add a synopsis. The less you know the better. At its most basic level, Ocean is a middle aged man’s memories of the year he turned seven and the Hempstock women he came to know.
Again, such a short book packed with so many great and wonderful things. Gaiman’s themes are deeply explored and his relevant characters so full-bodied. I loved looking at the ideas of memory, aging, childhood, power, imagination, loneliness, and so many more through the eyes of our narrator – a thinly disguised young Gaiman, himself. I also found the reading of this novel deeply personal and much more intense knowing that Gaiman wrote it when he and his wife were navigating a rough patch in their marriage.
Someone on Twitter (so sorry I don’t recall who) said he wasn’t sure if this was Gaiman’s best work, but it cut the deepest. That summation has stayed with me, and I believe might be the best way to describe Ocean. It leaves the reader feeling slightly raw but all the better for it. Do yourself a favor and read it immediately. Don’t wait to finish your current book – don’t think about reading Gaiman from beginning to end – just go get The Ocean at the End of the Lane and inhale it. You won’t be sorry. Then go share it with someone you love.
14 thoughts on “The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman”
YES YES YES!
YES! HAHA. Everyone needs to read this ASAP.
Gah! I neeeeed to get this book!
You really, really do!
I need to get this one soon! It looks wonderful.
So, so wonderful!
I’ve only read Coraline and thought it was okay. Now I think I really need to give Gaiman another try!
I want to read Coraline soon. I think Gaiman is really hit and miss with ppl. I think if you aren’t a huge fan, you’ll still love Ocean.
I haven’t read anything by Gaiman yet myself, but I definitely want to give his books a try. This one sounds great and it’s awesome you got a signed copy!
I suggest starting here and I’m so thankful for my signed copy!
Man you sold me. I better get this book!
Yes, you must!!
I just posted on this today! I loved it. I think the maybe not the best, but definitely the most personal response it so true! It really stays with you.
So glad you enjoyed!!!