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The Ocean at the End of the Lane

Written by Neil Gaiman
Fiction

My first Gaiman book and it was a winner! The main character returns to his home for a funeral and begins to drive past the place where his childhood home had been (it is gone) and follows the road to where it becomes a lane. The lane leads to a farm where the events of his childhood return to memory. As his memory returns he relates how those events changed his life forever. Magical and strange, this novella stays with you. It begins with death and ends with life. I've never read anything quite like it before.

Gaiman has a wonderful way expressing how a child would view the world; isolated and beset with mysterious occurrences, the boy (he is not named in the book) quietly reacts to the events around him sometimes with disastrous results.

While this is not a happy story, it is beautiful and poignant like a bittersweet chocolate. Read it and think of those ragged edges of childhood memory.

Recommended by Suzi

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