Saturday, August 10, 2013
Review for "The Ocean at the End of the Lane" by Neil Gaiman
There hasn't been a book that has held like this has. The last book I remember that had me the whole way through was Clive Barker's "The Thief of Always" and in some ways this novel reminded a lot of that in terms of a child's point of view.
I won't sit here and spoil it but there seems to be a lot of undertones to how we perceive things as a child and what actually happened and as we get older, the things we forget along the way, as well as sometimes what we want in life is not as important as the things we need and knowing the difference between the two. Perhaps the thing that struck me more than anything is how we perceive our parents when we are younger and when we grow up wee realize that they are not the people we thought or wanted them to be.
If you're a fan of Gaiman's then this book will not disappoint. It was the length it needed to be to make the novel effective. If there is one thing that I could say about it is that it seems like a very adult version of "Coraline". This isn't a bad thing, at least in my opinion, but it may be for others.
I'm giving it 5 stars.