Saturday, December 21, 2013

The Ocean at the End of the Lane

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.

 Great writing was an expectation with this book, one that I can happily report, was fulfilled. I was not expecting such an amazing story. The synopsis to this book does it no justice and that is a shame; the book itself is a wonderful journey to a place of magic and monsters. I whole heartedly give this book 5 stars. 

From the moment he arrives home, the memories begin to return,vague images; was it real? Only the old woman at the end of the lane can truly answer that and that is exactly where his car is headed; to the house at the end of the lane; to Lettie's' Ocean.

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