The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I have always loved stories like this. It's another one of those books that I couldn't put down once I start reading it. There is an innocence when the story comes from the memories of a child. There is also truth to it. It makes the horrors and nightmares more real. The story also reminded me of the comfort good food and a warm hearth can bring. It also reminds me of the secure feeling a friend's hand can offer. Maybe it is true, "grown-ups don't look like grown-ups on the inside". Reading the story kept me in touch with my inner child-- the one who still long for adventures and opening doorways to another realm and fighting monsters.
"The Ocean at the End of the Lane" is truly mystifying and seriously creepy, with a hint of warmth that targets a soft spot in me. The story tells about boundaries, friendship, family and sacrifice. Only a Neil Gaiman novel can bring out a combination of these.
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