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The Ocean at the End of the Lane: A Novel (original 2013; edição 2013)

por Neil Gaiman

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It began for our narrator forty years ago when the family lodger stole their car and committed suicide in it, stirring up ancient powers best left undisturbed. Dark creatures from beyond the world are on the loose, and it will take everything our narrator has just to stay alive: there is primal horror here, and menace unleashed - within his family and from the forces that have gathered to destroy it. His only defense is three women, on a farm at the end of the lane. The youngest of them claims that her duckpond is ocean. The oldest can remember the Big Bang.… (mais)
Membro:Amelia_Smith
Título:The Ocean at the End of the Lane: A Novel
Autores:Neil Gaiman
Informação:William Morrow (2013), Edition: 1st, Hardcover, 181 pages
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Etiquetas:partly-read

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A boy becomes embroiled in the unseen fantasy all around us when he is befriended by the girl who lives at the end of the lane. Her family keeps an ocean in the pond on their farm and keep the balance in the worlds. A.dreamy, gentle touch in this story. ( )
  bgknighton | Jun 6, 2021 |
“The Ocean at the End of the Lane” by Neil Gaiman was a beautiful fantasy story.

It starts off kind of slow, without really making the plot explicit upfront. A middle-aged man goes to his home town for a funeral, and to get away takes a drive by where he lived as a child, the follows the road till it ends at an old friend’s house, where Lettie once lived.

Lettie’s grandmother lets the narrator sit on a bench by a small pond, that in their youth Lettie referred to as an ocean. There he reminisces the events from long ago, when he was 7, before Lettie moved to Australia to live with her father.

At that time Lettie lived with her mother and grandmother on a farm, and a boarder staying with the narrator’s family committed suicide, opening things up for a some sort of spirit to come to the area and cause trouble.

Lettie, her mother and grandmother are quite powerful, well, not witches, according to one of them, but very powerful. Not menacing, they’re protective of the main character, and since it’s all from his perspective, we don’t feel any fear of the three women.

Overall, it was a great fantasy novel, just what I expected from Neil Gaiman.

I also liked the title, as I grew up on a street, or lane, that ended at an ocean, a short walk from my house, the Pacific, in my case. ( )
  KevinRubin | Jun 6, 2021 |
This book made me feel like a kid again, like the narrator's memories were my own. It was as if Lettie Hempstock and her magic and her ocean were always part of my childhood. (But that would be impossible, wouldn't it?) I want to know more about the Hempstocks now. I hope Gaiman continues Lettie's story. What I read here made me smile and made me cry. It's a wonderful story. (And I would love to see this animated by Studio Ghibli.) ( )
  SeanBoley | Jun 5, 2021 |
I really loved the book. Really truly. ( )
  amcheri | May 25, 2021 |
Sometimes there are books that come along and make us remember why we fell in love with reading in the first place and [The Ocean at the End of the Lane is most definitely one of those books. One of my favorite things about Gaiman is how he can transform something so ordinary and everyday into something truly fantastic. It is, seriously, one of his greatest skills as a writer. He makes it easy for the reader to transport themselves into these strangely mundane fantasies where a dead spot of grass in your backyard is a faerie ring and the pond down the lane is really an ocean. I will make no claims to impartiality when it comes to Gaiman, so if you're looking for an objective review I'm sorry you're in the wrong place. If you came here in search of a recommendation though, I can most heartily offer you one. When I force Gaiman onto my friends, I tend to find myself returning to this book. It's short, endearing, and it's a great introduction to Gaiman for those who haven't read him. So, as an avid reader (and a huge fan) I can do nothing else but insist you do your best to get your hands, eyes, and/or ears on a copy of this book. ( )
  Nicole_13 | May 12, 2021 |
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The Ocean at the End of the Lane arouses, and satisfies, the expectations of the skilled reader of fairytales, and stories which draw on fairytales. Fairytales, of course, were not invented for children, and deal ferociously with the grim and the bad and the dangerous. But they promise a kind of resolution, and Gaiman keeps this promise.
adicionada por riverwillow | editarThe Guardian, AS Byatt (Jul 3, 2013)
 
[Gaiman's] mind is a dark fathomless ocean, and every time I sink into it, this world fades, replaced by one far more terrible and beautiful in which I will happily drown.
adicionada por zhejw | editarNew York Times, Benjamin Percy (Jun 27, 2013)
 
The story is tightly plotted and exciting. Reading it feels a lot like diving into an extremely smart, morally ambiguous fairy tale. And indeed, Gaiman's adult protagonist observes at one point that fairy tales aren't for kids or grownups — they're just stories. In Gaiman's version of the fairy tale, his protagonist's adult and child perspectives are interwoven seamlessly, giving us a sense of how he experienced his past at that time, as well as how it affected him for the rest of his life.
adicionada por SimoneA | editarNPR, Annalee Newitz (Jun 17, 2013)
 
Reading Gaiman's new novel, his first for adults since 2005's The Anansi Boys, is like listening to that rare friend whose dreams you actually want to hear about at breakfast. The narrator, an unnamed Brit, has returned to his hometown for a funeral. Drawn to a farm he dimly recalls from his youth, he's flooded with strange memories: of a suicide, the malign forces it unleashed and the three otherworldly females who helped him survive a terrifying odyssey. Gaiman's at his fantasy-master best here—the struggle between a boy and a shape-shifter with "rotting-cloth eyes" moves at a speedy, chilling clip. What distinguishes the book, though, is its evocation of the powerlessness and wonder of childhood, a time when magic seems as likely as any other answer and good stories help us through. "Why didn't adults want to read about Narnia, about secret islands and ... dangerous fairies?" the hero wonders. Sometimes, they do.
 

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It began for our narrator forty years ago when the family lodger stole their car and committed suicide in it, stirring up ancient powers best left undisturbed. Dark creatures from beyond the world are on the loose, and it will take everything our narrator has just to stay alive: there is primal horror here, and menace unleashed - within his family and from the forces that have gathered to destroy it. His only defense is three women, on a farm at the end of the lane. The youngest of them claims that her duckpond is ocean. The oldest can remember the Big Bang.

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