MLA Gold Award Site

BookBrowse Reviews The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

Summary |  Excerpt |  Reading Guide |  Reviews |  Beyond the book |  Readalikes |  Genres & Themes |  Author Bio

The Ocean at the End of the Lane

by Neil Gaiman

The Ocean at the End of the Lane
  • Critics' Opinion:

    Readers' Opinion:

  • First Published:
    Jun 2013, 192 pages
    Paperback:
    Jun 2014, 192 pages

  • Rate this book


Book Reviewed by:
Cindy Anderson

Buy This Book

About this Book

Reviews

The Ocean at the End of the Lane is an evocative and deeply affecting story-within-a-story which blends fantasy and reality.

The Ocean at the End of the Lane is an evocative, and deeply affecting story-within-a-story. A blend of fantasy and reality, it is about a man who returns to his hometown, visits a place he had forgotten existed, and there, recalls his lost memories of a time when he was seven. The volume may seem a bit slim, but do not let appearances fool you. Gaiman's novel is multi-layered and rich with meaning, and the many themes suggested by the narrative will inspire some good conversations.

The prologue and epilogue, set in the English countryside in the present day, frame the main part of the narrative. The first-person narrator is a divorced artist in his late 40s who, as the prologue opens, has returned to his childhood hometown to speak at a funeral. Having some time on his hands, he drives to the site of his old house. When he decides to follow the lane to the end, it begins to ...

Interesting to Note
The story of the suicide in the car is based on an event in Gaiman's childhood - the family car, a mini, was stolen, and the thief committed suicide in it. Gaiman did not remember the occurrence until his father mentioned it to him a few years ago, and he decided to use it in The Ocean at The End of The Lane.

Readers of Gaiman's other works might find Lettie Hempstock's name to be familiar. In The Graveyard Book Liza Hempstock is one of the graveyard's denizens who was killed for being a witch; and in Stardust there is a character named Daisy Hempstock.In January 2011, Gaiman wrote in his journal that he is writing a story about Lettie Hempstock, and that she may be "distantly related" to the two other Hempstocks. No reference is made in The Ocean at The End of The Lane to such a connection, so perhaps he changed his mind, or or ...

Members Only

BookBrowse's reviews and backstories are a members-only benefit. Full information is available on books for a limited time when they are featured as "Editor's Choices" - but that time has now elapsed for this book.

Join Today


Member Login


Library Patrons
Member Benefits

Join Now!

Check the advantages!
Just $10 for 3 months or $35 for a year

    •  
    • FREE
    • MEMBER
    • Range of media reviews for each book
    • Excerpts of all featured books
    • Author bios, interviews and pronunciations
    • Browse by genre
    • Book club discussions
    • Book club advice and reading guides
    • BookBrowse reviews and "beyond the book" back-stories
    •  
    • Reviews of notable books ahead of publication
    •  
    • Free books to read and review (US Only)
    •  
    • Browse for the best books by time period, setting & theme
    •  
    • Read-alike suggestions for thousands of books and authors
    •  
    • 'My Reading List" to keep track of your books
    •  

Editor's Choice

  • Book Jacket: If I Was Your Girl
    If I Was Your Girl
    by Meredith Russo
    Who defines us? Do we ourselves, or does the society in which we live? Meredith Russo's ...
  • Book Jacket: If I Was Your Girl
    If I Was Your Girl
    by Meredith Russo
    Who defines us? Do we ourselves, or does the society in which we live? Meredith Russo's ...
  • Book Jacket
    The Lost Child
    by Caryl Phillips
    The Lost Child is a modern novel constructed within a historical frame, invoking one of the most ...

First Impressions

  • Book Jacket

    Since She Went Away
    by David Bell

    A chilling novel of guilt, regret, and a past which refuses to die...

    Read Member Reviews

Members review books pre-publication. Read their opinions in First Impressions

Book Discussions
Book Jacket
Sweet Caress
by William Boyd

William Boyd's Sweet Caress captures an entire lifetime unforgettably within its pages. It captivates.

About the book
Join the discussion!
Win this book!
Win The Charmers

The Charmers by Elizabeth Adler

"This tale of romantic suspense makes the perfect beach read."
—Library Journal

Enter

Word Play

Solve this clue:

C To T Q

and be entered to win..

Books that     
entertain,
     engage

 & enlighten

Visitors can view some of BookBrowse for free. Full access is for members only.

Join Today!

Your guide toexceptional          books

BookBrowse seeks out and recommends books that we believe to be best in class. Books that will whisk you to faraway places and times, that will expand your mind and challenge you -- the kinds of books you just can't wait to tell your friends about.