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Review – The Ocean at the End of the Lane

The Ocean at the End of the LaneThe Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

We all have missing memories from childhood. Deep pools of black from which none of our personal history is conjured. What if yours were something so reality-shattering that they could only be viewed occasionally, and then immediately forgotten again? And what if their revelation was simply a means by which forces beyond your understanding could judge your character?

The Ocean at the End of the Lane asks the reader to face the idea of judgement: Parental, societal, self, Universal. What makes as person strong, and ultimately worthy of life?

This beautifully written, adult fairy tale is deep-reaching without preaching. It’s entertaining, yet thought-provoking. It’s fantastic, and yet utterly believable. It’s a book that I will reach for again, because there is so much more than what’s on the surface, and the place the reader currently is in life would have a profound impact on the lessons learned.

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6 thoughts on “Review – The Ocean at the End of the Lane

    1. He really does. But this one goes so deep… for me, it went beyond what I expect from Gaiman on a literary level. There were parts where I had to stop reading and just absorb. It reminded me a lot of Paulo Coelho in a way.

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  1. I am reading and enjoying your blogs, this one on Gaiman and the longer, very enthusiastic one on the S.F. writing workshop. Thanks. This is good stuff, helpful, inspiring. As are you.


  2. I’m reading this right now and absolutely loving it! I’ll have to wait and read the rest of this until I’m finished. Gaiman is such an incredible writer.


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