The Ocean at the End of the Lane

Author: Neil Gaiman
Genre: Fantasy
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ /5
Published: 2013

A man returns to his childhood home and begins to remember moments from his childhood and a wonderful little girl called Lettie Hempstock.

“I do not miss childhood, but I miss the way I took pleasure in small things, even as greater things crumbled. I could not control the world I was in, could not walk away from things or people or moments that hurt, but I took joy in the things that made me happy.”

This book was just beautiful! Neil Gaiman is truly a master of fiction. This book read like a twisted fairy-tale, it was a beautiful story but it was also dark and gritty. The ending of this book was so sad, it really threw me

The illustrations by Elise Hurst were absolutely stunning as well! They really took this book from a Four Star to a Five Star read!

This book was not scary but it was creepy so I do not think it is made for children, but the way the story is written reads like a children’s book (this is in no way a criticism), so I cannot work out the age range for this book. However I believe this added to the mystery/ fairy-tale element of the story.

I did prefer the character of Lettie Hempstock and at some points I wished the book was more about her than ‘the boy’ but then I realised, that the reason I loved Lettie so much was because of all the mystery surrounding her character.
I would love for Gaiman to do a short story spin off of the Hempstock women, just about their normal day-to-day life. I think it would be intersting.

I think this book perfectly captures the feeling of being a child and wanting to learn everything there is to know in the world! I would recommend this book as a starting book for Neil Gaiman as if you do not enjoy this, I doubt you will enjoy anything else of his. Gaiman as a very unique way of writing and viewing the world and this book illustrates this beautifully.

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