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The Ocean at the End of the Lane (2013)

de Neil Gaiman

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MembresRessenyesPopularitatValoració mitjanaConverses / Mencions
15,060968373 (4.07)1 / 759
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.… (més)
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    Tom's Midnight Garden de Philippa Pearce (rakerman)
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  8. 40
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    Dandelion Wine de Ray Bradbury (souloftherose)
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    El circ de la nit de Erin Morgenstern (niquetteb)
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    Witches of Lychford de Paul Cornell (TheDivineOomba)

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Book source ~ Purchased at Chirp

This story is about a middle-aged man who goes back to visit the place where he grew up. His memory of that time is different than what it is when he gets there. He starts remembering things he forgot. Extraordinary things. Terrifying things. And a friendship he can’t believe he didn’t remember. Or does he? What is the truth? And does he really want to know?

What an imaginative and horrifying tale! How to review it without giving anything away? It’s so hard! This is a book that is best going into blind. I’ll say this: It’ll keep you on the edge of your seat! Extra points for the author narrating the book. Great job! ( )
  AVoraciousReader | Jul 8, 2024 |
I loved this book and everything it offered! The story is both moving and rings true with the fact that we tend to forget our inner child when it matters most. Beautifully written, captivating, and moving, this is such a wonderful read. It's short, but reads like a longer story which I thought was great. I highly recommend this book! ( )
  prebs29 | Jul 6, 2024 |
Oh man. This book. I'm pretty sure it gave me nightmares. The way this book plays with memory is great. Listening to the audiobook version is definitely the way to go since you get so much character and inflection through Gaiman's voice: definitely the way it’s meant to be read. Personally I see the maiden, mother and crone figures present in this as immortal beings which I love. When it was finished I definitely had the urge to analyze all the details. The main character's forgetting in the last few scenes is brilliantly and beautifully accomplished. This definitely reads as a simpler story, because of the boy’s pov throughout. What happens is quite dark, but because of the narrator (potentially unreliable at that) it sounds like a kid’s book. Nailing that specific voice in such a convincing way is pretty cool.
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  illarai | Jun 26, 2024 |
A quick and very thought-provoking read! It was just enough of a story to get me hooked but not enough to help me work through understanding it completely which leaves me thinking more about it…well played Neil Gaiman ( )
  snewell2 | Jun 24, 2024 |
This is a really lovely take on so many things; Neil is a great author as always. It's a fantastic take on the conundrum of dredging up childhood memories both positive and negative; on recognizing how the world is always changing, over the years and even over the seconds... And it's an excellent take on the eldritch genre, especially as one that's entirely divorced from the Lovecraftian mythos. All of that is done with such efficiency that this mass market paperback version ran only 237 pages, yet the plot never feels rushed, even with the description and setting being so tactile, so mystical and yet so real.

The book feels bittersweet to me, in the way that recalling old memories always does, and so it feels true to life despite its supernatural elements. Four and a half stars. ( )
  VerixSilvercrow | Jun 24, 2024 |
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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.
afegit per riverwillow | editaThe 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.
afegit per zhejw | editaNew 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.
afegit per SimoneA | editaNPR, 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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Gaiman, Neilautor primaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Coder, LaneAutor de la cobertaautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Johnson, AdamDissenyador de la cobertaautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Kerner, Jamie LynnDissenyadorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
McKean, DaveIl·lustradorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Sasscer, AshleeDissenyador de la cobertaautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat

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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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