The Ocean at the End of the Lane – Neil Gaiman

Jan 06

This odd, meaningful, supernatural trip down memory lane is by British author Neil Gaiman. The unnamed main character is a man returning home, ostensibly, for a family funeral. He becomes distracted by his past, and travels down a path to a farm that was close to his childhood home. While sitting on a bench, contemplating a pond, he becomes immersed in his childhood. He was an awkward boy who mostly buried his head in books. “I lived in books more than I lived anywhere else.” That sounds familiar.

A mystical adventure began for him with the arrival, and subsequent demise, of a stranger. The book is succinct and explores the miracles and magic that children see and actively explore. Dreamy, creative, and frightening; like it or not, you will be absorbed by this tale of a boy, a mysterious neighbor, other worlds, and worm-like creatures masquerading as hot nannies. Do enjoy.

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