„The Ocean at the End of the Lane“ by Neil Gaiman

Mrz 8, 2014 | 5 von 5, Bücher, Rezensionen | 2 Kommentare

„Forty years earlier, a man committed suicide in a stolen car at this farm at the end of the road. Like a fuse on a firework, his death lit a touchpaper and resonated in unimaginable ways. The darkness was unleashed, something scary and thoroughly incomprehensible to a little boy. And Lettie—magical, comforting, wise beyond her years—promised to protect him, no matter what.“

When you read a story that will stick with you forever, you’ll know right from the beginning. After the first chapter, the first page, the first line even. „The Ocean At The End Of The Lane“ is such a book.

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

„The Ocean at the End of the Lane“ by Neil Gaiman

“I liked myths. They weren’t adult stories and they weren’t children’s stories. They were better than that. They just were.”

When I put it down, I wanted to start reading it all over again. Which is weird for me, usually I want the story to continue, to learn more about the characters and the world. But this time, I just wanted to read this story again, over and over again.

Everyone kind of just knows that Neil Gaiman is a great fantasy author, whether you have read a book of him or not. I had not. But I watched him read from some of his books a few times (only on YouTube of course) and Neil Gaiman is a person you never forget. I urge you, if you pick up a book of him for the first time, and you have never heard him speak before, watch a video on YouTube of him reading, maybe even reading from the book you are about to start (or maybe you want to hear him read Green Eggs and Ham for charity, which is maybe the best thing on the internet ever). He has a voice that will stick with you throughout the book. His voice in writing makes his story teller voice come alive, he will read the book to you in your mind (to me this makes sense, I hope to you too).

“Grown-ups don’t look like grown-ups on the inside either. Outside, they’re big and thoughtless and they always know what they’re doing. Inside, they look just like they always have. Like they did when they were your age. Truth is, there aren’t any grown-ups. Not one, in the whole wide world.”

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

I hope you haven’t stopped reading above on the word fantasy, because „The Ocean At The End Of The Lane“ isn’t just fantasy. In fact, in the beginning I thought it wasn’t fantasy at all, and in the end I’m still not sure. The story is, something different. Incredibly different. While there are fantasy elements, it’s all told from a point of view of a little boy who loves books. Do you remember how you thought a teacher you didn’t like was an alien, or how that girl you liked seemed so magical? What if they were?


I do not miss childhood, but I miss the way I took pleasure in small things, even as greater things crumbled. I could not control the world I was in, could not walk away from things or people or moments that hurt, but I took joy in the things that made me happy.

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