Book: The Ocean At the End of the Lane
Author: Neil Gaiman
Review: A middle aged man returns to his childhood home for a funeral and stops by a farm near his childhood home. He walks to a little pond (one that his friend Lettie insisted was an ocean) and remembers events that happened when he was seven years old.
I read this without reading the jacket cover so I had no idea what it was about. It was well written and I was surprised by the magical elements of his childhood memories. Overall, it was heartfelt and creepy (I really felt sorry for the little boy at times. I'll avoid spoilers but the bathroom scene is disturbing).
Overall-I liked this. It is very short, more like a short story than a full length novel.
If you are looking for a book of light and delight and happy endings, this is not what you need to be reading. But if you are want to explore some of life's larger questions, delve into some of our more hidden emotions, and do so through the un-jaded mind of what might as well be an modern representation of the slightly nerdy, slightly outcast everyman, then this is it.
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