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The Ocean at the End of the Lane (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)
Membre:Nicole_13
Títol:The Ocean at the End of the Lane
Autors:Neil Gaiman (Autor)
Informació:William Morrow (2013), Edition: 1st, 181 pages
Col·leccions:Library Books, eBooks, Audiobooks, La teva biblioteca, Llegit, però no el tinc, Llista de desitjos
Valoració:*****
Etiquetes:2014-book-challenge, favorites

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The Ocean at the End of the Lane de Neil Gaiman (2013)

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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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    The Dark Is Rising de Susan Cooper (Iudita)
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    A Sudden Wild Magic de Diana Wynne Jones (LongDogMom)
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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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(Mira totes les recomanacions 27)

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This was a very depressing read. It has this oppressive atmosphere where everything works against the narrator, yet the story somehow manages not to paint the world as entirely hopeless. The pervading sense of sadness and despair can be overwhelming at times though its classic Gaiman style makes it a very captivating, enjoyable read.

All the things I mentioned above aren't negatives, however. They serve to drive the narrative forward and present the narrator's perspective towards the world; it is also used to showcase his loss of innocence. More importantly, it feels very down to earth and human despite having fantastical characters and monsters. The Hempstocks are absolutely fascinating to visualize, and the "ocean" becomes an entity by itself as the story progresses.

Truth be told, this book feels like a cross between Coraline and American Gods. Its got Coraline's child narrator who loses his innocence and encounters evil. Its American Gods part comes through the mythos, beasts, and the highly intriguing world that has been conjured through Gaiman's words.

I truly enjoyed the novel. Nevertheless, it's a very depressing read, and it leaves you empty once you finish it. ( )
  bdgamer | Sep 10, 2021 |
Neil, Neil, Neil.

I've discovered I have a strange series of experiences when it comes to Gaiman. Every single time I pick up any of his stuff, I always seem to think, Probably won't enjoy this one.

Then I start reading it, and I'm literally talking three or four pages, and I think, Definitely not going to like this one.

And then, I end up getting sucked in and immersed in the world he's building, and I'm lost in the magical storytelling of Neil Gaiman, and I thoroughly enjoy my time there.

This one's no different. It's a wonderfully simple story, with magical characters, and even a few horrific scenes that tend to only amplify the magic of the rest of the novel.

I absolutely loved this book. ( )
  TobinElliott | Sep 3, 2021 |
This is a children fairytale masquerading as an adult book. I like fairytales so I wanted to give it a 4 but then some things were left unexplained so I wanted to give it a 3. I think it is really a 3.5 for me and it will not be the last Neil Gaiman book I read. ( )
  Douna1980 | Sep 3, 2021 |
Gaiman is really talented at making a world where the supernatural is hidden behind human characters. It felt really similar to Coraline in a short digestible narrative. It's a light read with a few hints of darkness peering through at the end. Worth checking out considering it's under 200 pages. ( )
  livertalia | Aug 30, 2021 |
I only wish it was longer. ( )
  JenelleB | Aug 23, 2021 |
Es mostren 1-5 de 838 (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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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.
I do not remember asking adults about anything, except as a last resort.
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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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