Sunday, September 15, 2013

Unexpected Otherworldiness

Neil Gaiman's short novel, The Ocean at the End of the Lane, takes place in Sussex, England and centers around a young girl named Lettie Hempstock, her mother, and her grandmother.  Lettie befriends a boy who lives down the street from her, who lives a lonely and unhappy childhood, where his main escape is reading books.  Lettie starts to protect the young boy from several dark incidents that occur in his life.  The book has tones of fairy tales, as well as magical realism.  For me, the book was rather sparse for my tastes.  As the English might say, it wasn't my cup of tea, though it explores some interesting themes in a refreshing way.

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