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The Ocean at the End of the Lane

The Ocean at the End of the Lane


Book Overview: The Ocean at the End of the Lane

#1 New York Times Bestseller

UK National Book Awards Book of the Year

"Fantasy of the very best."--Wall Street Journal

A groundbreaking work as delicate as a butterfly's wing and as menacing as a knife in the dark, The Ocean at the End of the Lane is told with a rare understanding of all that makes us human, and shows the power of stories to reveal and shelter us from the darkness inside and out.

A middle-aged man returns to his childhood home to attend a funeral. Although the house he lived in is long gone, he is drawn to the farm at the end of the road, where, when he was seven, he encountered a most remarkable girl, Lettie Hempstock, and her mother and grandmother. He hasn't thought of Lettie in decades, and yet as he sits by the pond (a pond that she'd claimed was an ocean) behind the ramshackle old farmhouse where she once lived, the unremembered past comes flooding back. And it is a past too strange, too frightening, too dangerous to have happened to anyone, let alone a small boy.

"[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."
--New York Times Book Review

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Neil Gaiman is a renowned English author of novels, short stories, comic books, and graphic novels, most recognized for his complex, dazzling narratives that masterfully blend myth, magic, and reality. He was born in Hampshire, CGaiman started his career as a journalist but then shifted his focus to writing fiction. He unleashed a new wave of creativity in the literary world with the release of his "Sandman" series, which is often hailed as one of the greatest comic book series of all time. His voyage into the world of literature resulted in notable novels including "American Gods," "Stardust," "Coraline," and "The Graveyard Book," the latter of which won the prestigious Newbery Medal. Beyond novels and comics, Gaiman's prolific career has extended into screenplays and teleplays, gaining him a vast and diverse audience. His works have been adapted into successful films and TV series, proving his stories' undeniable appeal. His unique storytelling style, imbued with vivid imagery and poetic language, has also led to some of his works being reimagined into music and theater productions. Beyond his work, Gaiman's endeavors extend to advocacy for reading and libraries, often using his platform to stress their importance - reinforcing his passion for literature and the written word. A multi-award-winning author, Gaiman's versatile career has had unequivocal influence, not just on subsequent writers and creators but also on multi-media storytelling at large. His ability to conjure fantastical worlds grounded in emotional truths continues to captivate readers and audiences worldwide.


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