The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

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Title: The Ocean at the End of the Land

Author: Neil Gaiman

Publisher: William Morrow Books

Pages: 178 (Hardcover), 195 (Paperback), 259 (Ebook)

Release Date: June 18, 2013

Rating: 5 out of 5

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Sussex, England. A middle-aged man returns to his childhood home to attend a funeral. Although the house he lived in is long gone, he is drawn to the farm at the end of the road, where, when he was seven, he encountered a most remarkable girl, Lettie Hempstock, and her mother and grandmother. He hasn’t thought of Lettie in decades, and yet as he sits by the pond (a pond that she’d claimed was an ocean) behind the ramshackle old farmhouse, the unremembered past comes flooding back. And it is a past too strange, too frightening, too dangerous to have happened to anyone, let alone a small boy.

Forty years earlier, a man committed suicide in a stolen car at this farm at the end of the road. Like a fuse on a firework, his death lit a touchpaper and resonated in unimaginable ways. The darkness was unle.ashed, something scary and thoroughly incomprehensible to a little boy. And Lettie—magical, comforting, wise beyond her years—promised to protect him, no matter what.

A groundbreaking work from a master, The Ocean at the End of the Lane is told with a rare understanding of all that makes us human, and shows the power of stories to reveal and shelter us from the darkness inside and out. It is a stirring, terrifying, and elegiac fable as delicate as a butterfly’s wing and as menacing as a knife in the dark.

My Thoughts

I have never read a book by Neil Gaiman before till this book and now he is easily one of my auto-buy authors. This was such a fantastical book.


Fast Read: I read this book so quickly, I devoured the story. Luckily it was physically a short book because I couldn’t put it down.

Descriptions: Neil Gaiman did a great job with describing the scenes without including fillers. I was able to picture everything perfectly

Characters: I loved each and every characters and I felt connected to the main character and his story.


Length: I do wish it had more of a story though. It was physically so short and I’m used to reading 300+ pages. This really isn’t a con though, it had a perfect ending though.


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