Weight: 420 g
The Ocean at the End of the Lane is a fable that reshapes modern fantasy: moving, terrifying and elegiac - as pure as a dream, as delicate as a butterfly's wing, as dangerous as a knife in the dark, from storytelling genius Neil Gaiman.
It began for our narrator forty years ago when the family lodger stole their car and committed suicide in it, stirring up ancient powers best left undisturbed. Dark creatures from beyond the world are on the loose, and it will take everything our narrator has just to stay alive: there is primal horror here, and menace unleashed - within his family and from the forces that have gathered to destroy it.
His only defense is three women, on a farm at the end of the lane. The youngest of them claims that her duckpond is ocean. The oldest can remember the Big Bang.
This is by far one of his best works yet. It's the sort of story that grabs you from the beginning and takes your right to the end. And with childhood references to 'Alice in Wonderland' and 'The Chronicles of Narnia' mention ever-so often, I literally could not help but be transported to a time when such stories would fill me with wonder and terror all at the same time. Absolutely brilliant!
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