Title: The Ocean at the End of the Lane
Author: Neil Gaiman
The story is about the never named narrator, who comes back to his homeland for a funeral. Since he has a lot of free time, he decides to visit his old neighbor, whose mother and grandmother strangely have not aged, not even one bit. There he starts to remember his past, unleashing us a magic story.
To say that the book is well written, is an understatement. The story, in apparent non fiction at first, hides its’ magic with a sheer, thin cover of the real world, where terror is tinged in every page. The main character doesn’t have a name, and this element adds up to the fact that you are truly experiencing the book. He doesn’t need to have a name, because he is you, and you are him, at least for the time being.
What makes this book unique, and such a beautiful reading is the way how Gaiman used words to hide the real terror and magic, and how sometimes he makes the reader hide it, or ignore it.
I can’t give you enough information, otherwise I would spoil the book.
The Extra Element:
Neil Gaiman uses mythology, neopaganism to be exact, such as the three-fold goddess, three females which represents three different stages of a female life cycle. In this case, it was the daughter, the mother, and the grandmother, known as his neighbors.
He also uses the water of life, when talking about the pond, which actually was an ocean.
People who love fantasy book with a tinge of terror/horror.
Rating: 5 cats