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The Ocean at the End of the Lane (2013)

de 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.… (més)
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    Tom's Midnight Garden de Philippa Pearce (rakerman)
    rakerman: There are similar themes of childhood and memory in The Ocean at the End of the Lane and Tom's Midnight Garden. The Ocean is a much more intense book, Midnight Garden is more wistful.
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    BookshelfMonstrosity: These fantasy novels featuring boys who get caught up in mystical, mysterious adventures both have dark undercurrents that create a strong atmosphere of suspense. Their vividly imagined fairy tale-like worlds make the stories both wondrous and compelling.… (més)
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Es mostren 1-5 de 862 (següent | mostra-les totes)
Excellent story telling, as usual! Unique and touching. ( )
  chibitika | May 10, 2022 |
If I could give this book six stars I would, read it in a few hours but one of those books that moves the soul and stays with you...plus top marks for having the main character recite Alice in wonderland and Gilbert and Sullivan when he is afraid, gave me a chuckle ( )
  eroga | May 5, 2022 |
I loved this book. It was narrated by the author, which I always think adds depth. Enjoy ( )
  Sunandsand | Apr 30, 2022 |
So Strange. But an unbelievably rewarding reading. He has such a mastery of words such an unexpected fine twist of phrase.

Short as it was, it swallowed me in so deeply that I found myself thinking about it long after I read it.

The entire story seems to be told when he wanders away from his mother funeral to visit the places where as a child he met the ultimate mother figure, the triple goddess. Mrs. Hempstock is "the maiden, mother and crone" of the folk tales, it seems, based on the ending:

"I said, ‘It’s funny. For a moment, I thought there were two of you. Isn’t that odd?’
‘It’s just me,’ said the old woman. ‘It’s only ever just me.’
‘I know,’ I said. ‘Of course it is.’"

Only one does not shine in the book. Some passages have a flat tone, a matter-of-fact narration. It seems a bit out of place. As opposed to the wonderfully happy-careless-sad-childish tone at the beginning, for example. It started on a slightly bitter slightly grown-up tone you'd expect from the book loving kid sleeping with his kitten that made friends slowly.

Beautiful nevertheless. You should read it.

( )
  Faltiska | Apr 30, 2022 |
I've never had to set down a book because it was too unsettling.

Until now.

I had only put it down for a day, and plowed through it after that. The story was disturbing, amazing, and thought-provoking. I don't know that I'd call it fun, though.

The ending is sad, and left me a little despondent. I'd hoped that this time would be the time that something different happened. ( )
  dcrampton | Apr 20, 2022 |
Es mostren 1-5 de 862 (següent | mostra-les totes)
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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"I remember my own childhood vividly ... I knew terrible things. But I knew I mustn't let adults know I knew. It would scare them."

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Books were safer than other people anyway.
You don't pass or fail at being a person, dear.
Lettie Hempstock said it was an ocean, but I knew that was silly. She said they'd come here across the ocean from the old country.
Her mother said that Lettie didn't remember properly, and it was a long time ago, and anyway, the old country had sunk.
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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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