The Ocean at the End of the Lane

The Ocean at the End of the Lane - Neil Gaiman The reader never learns his name; only that he was a little boy who never really fit in with his family and enjoyed the company of his books more than that of people. We meet him at the beginning of the book and cannot be surprised that he has grown into a somewhat cynical and disillusioned adult. That is until he returns to Sussex and takes a drive past where his childhood home once stood. Suddenly he remembers the summer he was seven and the interesting events that occurred after he met Lettie Hempstock and her unusual family.

Neil Gaiman is best known as an author of children’s books. With this book he has bridged the gap and written a wonderful fairy tale for adults. Filled with mysterious strangers, unusual happenings, a strange family that makes him feel more comfortable than his own and a little girl who makes him believe her pond is the ocean and who wants nothing but be his friend, the book quickly draws the reader in to a world filled with wonder and magic. The only prerequisite is that the reader be willing to suspend reality and enjoy the adventure. This is a short book, quickly read but filled with so much heart and so much adventure that it will stay with you after you close the back cover.