- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: Headline Book Publishing (8 April 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1472208668
- ISBN-13: 978-1472208668
- Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 2.1 x 17.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 70 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #50,109 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Ocean at the End of the Lane Paperback – 8 Apr 2014
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Some books you read. Some books you enjoy. But some books just swallow you up, heart and soul
I loved it
Gaiman's achievement is to make the fantasy world seem true
It's possibly Gaiman's most lyrical, scary and beautiful work yet. It's a tale about childhood for grown-ups, a fantasy rooted in the darkest corners of reality. It is a story he's been waiting all his life to tell
A hugely satisfying scary fantasy and a moving, subtle exploration of family, of what it's really like to be a child, and how the memories of childhood affect the adults we become. It's a wonderful book
The most affecting book Gaiman has written, a novel whose intensity of real-world observation and feeling make its other-worldly episodes doubly startling and persuasive
This beautiful fable with flashes of terror and sparks of humour is about memory and magic and the darkness that lives without and within. Loneliness and longing saturate the pages but so does the redemptive power of friendship in the person of the magnificently adorable Lettie Hempstock
It's a very rare thing, maybe once a decade, for a novel to come along and within a few pages you know you're reading a future classic. If you haven't heard of Neil Gaiman yet you can be forgiven, but this, his sixth adult novel, will firmly cement his handprints in the literary walk of fame...this is one of those stories that is almost primitive in its power - it captures you heart and soul, and makes you grateful we have storytellers like Gaiman to feed our minds and stoke our imaginations. The Ocean at the End of the Lane is this year's big bang book
This is a book to sink into, allowing yourself to be gradually pulled along by its currents, into a childhood that's half remembered. Events take place over just a few days, and since the consequences of his actions are forgotten by the main character, it's easy to believe that nothing of importance has really happened. But experiencing those few days, that snippet of a childhood and a quest for survival in a world that's already terrifying for children is a joy, an experience that will stay with you long after the final page is turned
Dark, strange and scarily brilliant: an otherworldly fable about memories and magic
From New York Times and Sunday Times bestselling writer Neil Gaiman, comes a novel of memory, magic and survival, about the power of stories and the darkness inside each of us.See all Product description
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I liked the book so much, i finished it all in 1 day. The writing is flawless. Gaiman has a charming, unparalleled style of writing. The story is a fantasy and more of a children's book, this is. But this is listed under adult fiction, and I am sure people of all ages will love this book. I feel, everyone should read this book. I am going to recommend it to every friend!
Fantasy was never my genre,until I read Neil Gaiman.
must be my problem.
but should give a one try. It's different story.
Different people enjoy things differently, and you'll not get any two people to read it or enjoy anything the same, whether it was there or not ( Different people remember things differently, and you'll not get any two people to remember anything the same, whether they were there or not ( from the book) )
This book is a little scary, haunting you long after you've finished. It's not just the fantasy elements that make it so, sometimes Gaiman's explanation of reality gets too scarily accurate.
Overall, a good read.
Personally i found two stories in there, how our childhood's memories made from little fantacy make our whole world and thats a space we create that is just for us, as we grown we walk outside that space we had and never lookback.
This kinda brought back my childhood made up stories to life again :)
Reading this book reminded me of my childhood. When the stories of ghots and spirit seemed real. The book is quite engaging and you some how tend to blend with the subject.
As always Neil Gaiman is a master craftsman when it comes to fantasy.
He is one of the best storytellers I have read. After the frankly STELLAR American Gods introduced me to his writing properly, I couldn't wait to get this.
This book is small and doesn't demand much from you. I bought it at 60% discount (thank you Amazon!) and it was a STEAL. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. The story draws you in and stays with you long after you have finished reading it. It is a beautiful and haunting tale of Childhood, Innocence, and what it means to be Human.
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