Thursday, August 1, 2013

The Ocean at the End of the Lane / Book Review

A whole week had passed since i read/heard this book, to be honest, I couldn't find the proper words to describe it.
I read a few reviews, talking about how they remembered their childhood, remembering being afraid of the same things as the book tells. 
I can't say that i share it, actually, i had a pretty good childhood. I remember never being afraid of my father, he was a great dad, he still is. I remember tho one night, when my parents finally sent me to sleep on my room, being afraid at the beginning, but we had a Belgian Shepherd, Volker was his name, and he stayed with his beautiful face on my bed while i cried, and went to sleep with me every single night after that. He was an amazing dog, and made me feel protected.
I have lots of memories from my childhood, good memories, sad memories, and i'm grateful for them.
I do remember being afraid of a couple of things, but they're not related with the book, and i think is not important share them here.
I'm not a huge fan of audiobooks either, but i really enjoyed the short story that Neil Gaiman shared a couple of months ago,  click clack the rattlebag, he's not only a terrific author, but he has a great voice and he truly is an amazing narrator. So i thought, why not?, i got the book and the audiobook, and for the first time as silly as it sound i read while i listened the audiobook. If you never did it, i hardly recommend it, specially with a book like this, it was like when as a kid, you were lying in your bed, watching the book that your mom or your dad was reading for you, and Neil Gaiman has a pretty British accent so is a plus!

I had lots of feelings during this book. Sadness, mixed with happiness and also i was scare. But at the end, i felt this whole sensation, a mix of nostalgic with and yearning. 
I'm putting this with big letters because it's how it has to go:
If you can read the Ocean at the End of the Lane, DO IT!
and if you can heard it, DO IT TOO!

"Sussex, England. 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, 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.

Forty years earlier, a man committed suicide in a stolen car at this farm at the end of the road. Like a fuse on a firework, his death lit a touchpaper and resonated in unimaginable ways. The darkness was unleashed, something scary and thoroughly incomprehensible to a little boy. And Lettie—magical, comforting, wise beyond her years—promised to protect him, no matter what.

A groundbreaking work from a master, The Ocean at the End of the Laneis 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. It is a stirring, terrifying, and elegiac fable as delicate as a butterfly's wing and as menacing as a knife in the dark."


  1. You read the best books! I need to pick this one up

    1. Thanks, and do it, it's one of those books that it's really worth it to read!


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