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Sussex England A middle aged man returns to his childhood home to attend a funeral Although the house he lived in is long gone he is drawn to the farm at the end of the road where when he was seven he encountered a most remarkable girl Lettie Hempstock and her mother and grandmother He hasn't thought of Lettie in decades and yet as he sits by the pond a pond that she'd claimed was an ocean behind the ramshackle old farmhou. Lettie shrugged “Nobody actually looks like what they really are on the inside You don’t I don’t People are much complicated than that It’s true of everybody” This story is an amalgam of helplessness and innocent ignorance of childhood with universe old wisdom with mystery and wonder and unexplainable and unfathomable and things that lurk around the corners of reality and seep through the cracks in the world There's friendship and love and cruelty and resentment And there are monsters and in the true fashion of the tradition I love the real monsters come from the people's wishes the people's own selves the deep down dark that lives inside us “Monsters come in all shapes and sizes Some of them are things people are scared of Some of them are things that look like things people used to be scared of a long time ago Sometimes monsters are things people should be scared of but they aren't” Maybe once upon a time you were seven and bookish and lonely and sometimes a stranger to your own parents Maybe your first experience with deaths brought into your world a strange family of three living just down the lane in a little farmhouse the Maiden the Mother and the Crone of the fairytales Maybe your first ever friend eleven year old or maybe infinities old who knows Lettie Hempstock the girl for whom in your seven year old's sense of own immortality you nevertheless are 'perfectly willing to die' because of course she is your friend will take you on an unexpectedly sinister journey culminating somewhere and somewhen under the haunting orange sky And maybe after that nothing will ever be the same “I’m going to tell you something important Grown ups don’t look like grown ups on the inside either Outside they’re big and thoughtless and they always know what they’re doing Inside they look just like they always have Like they did when they were your age The truth is there aren’t any grown ups Not one in the whole wide world” And maybe something from underneath that sinister sky will choose you as a way to break through reality into your little secure world of a child And maybe because of that you will come to a terrifying realization that the world is not safe that adults may not be there to protect you that world has teeth and is ready to bite you with them any time it wants to And you realize that nothing is as it seems and that there's no reason why the pond cannot be Lettie Hempstock's ocean after all I saw the world I had walked since my birth and I understood how fragile it was that the reality I knew was a thin layer of icing on a great dark birthday cake writhing with grubs and nightmares and hunger I saw the world from above and below I saw that there were patterns and gates and paths beyond the real I saw all these things and understood them and they filled me just as the waters of the ocean filled meEverything whispered inside me Everything spoke to everything and I knew it all There are certain authors that in my mind have become a genre of their own Neil Gaiman is one of them When I read his books I don't read fantasy or urban fantasy or any other such label What I read is a Gaiman a uniue blend of humor and dry wit and a strong narrative voice making the strangest leaps of imagination seem like nothing out of ordinary And every time when I put down the book of his I've been reading into the wee hours of the night unable to stop I find myself with a haunting sense of longing and missing the world he created the world into which he so

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The Ocean at the End of the LaneSe the unremembered past comes flooding back And it is a past too strange too frightening too dangerous to have happened to anyone let alone a small boyForty years earlier a man committed suicide in a stolen car at this farm at the end of the road Like a fuse on a firework his death lit a touchpaper and resonated in unimaginable ways The darkness was unleashed something scary and thoroughly incomprehensible to a little boy. A 84% | Very Good Notes We make pilgrimage to the landmarks of our childhood in vain to revive somehow the magic and wonder of youth

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Summary The Ocean at the End of the Lane 107 ¼ Sussex England A middle aged man returns to his childhood home to attend a funeral Although the house he lived in is long gone he is drawn to the farm at the end of the road where when he was seven he encountered a most remarkable girl Lettie Hempstock and her mother and grandmother He hasn't thoughtAnd Lettie magical comforting wise beyond her years promised to protect him no matter whatA groundbreaking work from a master The Ocean at the End of the Lane is told with a rare understanding of all that makes us human and shows the power of stories to reveal and shelter us from the darkness inside and out It is a stirring terrifying and elegiac fable as delicate as a butterfly's wing and as menacing as a knife in the da. “I went away in my head into a book That was where I went whenever real life was too hard or too inflexible” This is a book that teaches us that we should never stop dreaming that we should never stop seeing oceans in ponds and that we should never ever stop seeing better worlds in the things we readThe pond that was an ocean bespeaks the level of optimism that is inherent with childhood dreams Everything seems better Everything seems bigger and grander Imagination makes the ordinary seem extraordinary and fantastic I have no idea what elements were fantasy within the novel It could even be magical realism or a child’s interpretation and exaggeration of real life events Part of me felt like it was based on real things but distorted and twisted to evoke the sense of unfamiliarity a child has in an adult world But to perpetually see the world through child eyes would be a boon “I do not miss childhood but I miss the way I took pleasure in small things even as greater things crumbled I could not control the world I was in could not walk away from things or people or moments that hurt but I took joy in the things that made me happy”It’s a book for the lost for the social pariahs who do not fit in with normal society It is a book for those who would rather spend their days reading than interacting with the human race Humans are always disappointing books are not And our little hero knows this so he concocts his own friends and draws upon the lessons he learnt through reading In this regard it reminded me of Coraline It’s a book about an odd child who dreams of something a little bit better than the reality they experienceThe friend he meets becomes his guardian against the forces that would destroy him and his family She becomes a doorway into understanding an entirely new world In this I saw a lonely child longing for something he didn’t have a connection with someone who would hold him up when the days become their darkest In The Ocean at the End of Lane anything is possible as a child’s dreams and memories propel the narrative forward The Ocean at the End of the Lane is a truly fantastic book in every regard I absolutely loved it You can connect with me on social media via My Linktree