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

de Neil Gaiman (Autor)

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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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Títol:The Ocean at the End of the Lane: A Novel
Autors:Neil Gaiman (Autor)
Informació:William Morrow (2013), Edition: 1st, 181 pages
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The Ocean at the End of the Lane de Neil Gaiman (2013)

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Es mostren 1-5 de 814 (següent | mostra-les totes)
Neil Gaiman is phenomenal at writing children for adults, and this book is all the proof you need. Darker than I expected, and gripping throughout. ( )
  althomas39 | Apr 20, 2021 |
Short but oh so sweet. Gaiman is hit or miss with me: LOVED everything Sandman, Stardust, Neverwhere, and most of his short stuff. American Gods and Anansi Boys... not so much. For me Ocean marks a return to his earlier magic. ( )
  Tracyalanb | Apr 4, 2021 |
Ein Zufallsfund, der als willkommene Abwechslung nach hauptsächlich nautischen Romanen kam. Ich habe zwar schon ein paar Gaiman Bücher gelesen (Neverwhere, Coraline, Stardust - von denen mir Stardust am besten gefallen hat), aber bei weitem nicht alle, so dass mir viele Motive, die der Autor offensichtlich wiederverwendet hat, neu waren und ich mich trotz (oder gerade wegen) der Kürze des Buches gut unterhalten gefühlt habe.

Zur Handlung, zu den Figuren und Monstern, und zur Tatsache, dass dies eine etwas ausgewalzte Kurzgeschichte ist (was man ihr an manchen Stellen anmerken mag) ist bereits genug gesagt. Zwei Punkte sind mir aber besonders wichtig:

1. die Form. die ich mal als Kammer-Fantasy bezeichnen möchte. Keine Königreiche und Welten, die vor dem ultimativen Bösen gerettet werden müssen, keine Armeen an Haupt- und Nebenfiguren, sondern eine Handvoll Charaktere, im Wesentlichen zwei Schauplätze und eine (zumindest für mich) frische Plot-Idee, die (wiederum: für mich) überzeugend durchdekliniert wird. Ich finde das neben vielen überlangen und überkomplizierten Büchern sehr erfrischend.

2. die Doppelbödigkeit des Buches. Der Protagonist ist ein siebenjähriger, nicht sehr glücklicher Einzelgänger, der sich lieber in seinen Bücherwelten verliert, als dem Wunsch seines Vaters zu folgen und ordentlich football oder was auch immer zu spielen. In die Situation der finanziellen Unsicherheit der Familie brechen dann noch zwei "Katastropen": der Selbstmord des Untermieters und die Liebesaffäre seines Vaters mit der Haushälterin. Die ganze "übernatürliche" Handlung lässt sich auch als Produkt der überhitzen Phantasie des kindlichen Protagonisten lesen, und diese Möglichkeit wird bis zum Schluß nich ganz ausgeschlossen.

Insgesamt ein erfrischendes, kurzes Buch (immer willkommen für die Lesestatistik) mit einem interessanten rural fantasy-setting. ( )
  MrKillick-Read | Apr 4, 2021 |
This is my first Gaiman book (I know, I know), and I LOVED it. It grabbed me from the start and kept me hooked all the way through. I was very, very scared for our narrator at times, but then had to remind myself that he was remembering the events as an adult, so things must have worked out ok.

The whole book, but especially the ending, is an interesting exploration of memory and perception.

The audiobook is narrated by Neil Gaiman himself, and was terrific. ( )
  ssperson | Apr 3, 2021 |
A lonely and unhappy little boy finds solace in his friend Hettie, who lives down the road and calls the duck pond an ocean. As things get stranger in his and Hettie's homes, the story brings loads of magic, some horror, and a bit of sci-fi.

The author narrates the audiobook and wonderfully voices the young protagonist as he takes in a world of great terrors and simple pleasures. But this short novel was originally going to be a short story, and it kind of shows. There's not much character development, and little that emotionally resonated with me. Weird things happen just because, without much explanation or depth. So, though I loved the other Gaiman book I've read (American Gods), this one disappointed me. ( )
  KGLT | Mar 31, 2021 |
Es mostren 1-5 de 814 (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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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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