The Ocean at the End of the Lane is another beauty from the fantasy god, Neil Gaiman. A man returns to his childhood home and finds himself setting out down the lane to his childhood friend’s house. There he visits the pond the his old friend Lettie called the ocean. As he sits he remembers things from the past, crazy and terrifying things that can’t be true can they? The reader follows along this journey lead by the amazing imaginations that is Gaiman’s.
Gaiman really has a strength for recreating the feeling you got when discovering a new world in a book as a child, but in an adult’s novel. His world building is as vivid as always drawing the reader in. The characters he writes are unique and fascinating that leave you intrigued and wanting more. His villains are terrifying and memorable as always. I found this a fast-paced and easy read.
There were some great underlying themes touched upon, such as memory and how subjective and variable it can be. This one in particular leaves the reader much to ponder even after the book is finished. Gaiman clearly remembers what it is to be a child and he manages t convey the feelings of helplessness and of being scared and trying to be brave, particularly when adults stand in your way. The reader is left with many questions, so do be prepared for that but what you will gain is a beautiful little story full of surprises along the way. I would recommend picking this one up, particularly if you are a fan of Gaimen’s work or if you remember loving series such as The Chronicles of Narnia or Roald Dahl as a child. I give The Ocean at the End of the Lane three waves from the ocean.