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BOOKS // "The Ocean at the End of the Lane" Neil Gaiman

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman tells the story of a young boy who comes across Lettie Hempstock, the girl who lives in a farm at the end of the lane. Lettie isn't your ordinary little girl though; she lives with her Gran who has been around since the Big Bang and she fights supernatural creatures who try to intrude on the rural English countryside. Oh, and she has her own ocean in the garden.


I went in to the book not knowing much about the story, I didn't even know it had a fantasy element to it, so I wasn't sure what to expect when I started reading.

The plot follows the unnamed protagonist as he goes back to his childhood home after attending a funeral. He remembers back to when a lodger caused chaos for his family which leads to the arrival of the rather evil Ursula, the family's new childminder. Ursula is actually a supernatural being that the narrator has accidentally brought in to the world, and only Lettie and her family can stop it.

I personally found the story a little slow to start. It wasn't boring or unnecessary, it just took a few chapters to get in to the action. Once I got into the story I couldn't put it down - it is full of suspense, thrills and action but it somehow doesn't lose the tranquil feeling of being set in the English countryside.

The protagonist is such a lovely boy and Gaiman has done a great job of capturing the innocence of childhood and the thing we think and say as a child. *Spoiler* At one point the boy's kitten is killed and I shed a tear because I was so engrossed in this child's life haha! His friendship with the character Lettie is natural and she seems like the mysterious and adventurous friend we would all want to go exploring with a child. The narrator is an adult at the start of the book and it is a reflection of growing up and reminiscing over the past which I found quite unusual for a book that leans towards fantasy. The other characters are built up really well too; I especially liked the nasty older sister of our protagonist. She is literally every younger sibling's idea of hell. I'm glad my sister wasn't like that growing up!

The fantasy aspects of the book are convincing and don't seem forced in there. The supernatural blends seamlessly with the real world and it made me wonder if it was really happening or if it was just the wild imagination of a child - I really liked that I was left wondering!

I really enjoyed reading this book. I love Neil Gaiman's writing and everything I've read by him I have been able to immerse myself within the story world no matter how fantasy the plot may be! The Ocean at the End of the Lane left me wanting to read more after I finished; it was such a beautiful tale of looking back at childhood.

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  1. Sounds interesting! I haven't read a lot of supernatural stories in a while and I'm looking to get back into it gently, so I won't lose interest and come to hate what I've already read. :)
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    Aria | Girl in a Whimsical Land

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  2. I read this last year and loved it. I also read something recently about people discussing books they would love to be turned into a film by Studio Ghibli and this was mentioned and now I can't stop thinking about how good that would be.

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    1. Oh my gosh I'd adore a Studio Ghibli adaptation of this! xxx

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