I can not stop thinking about this book. No really. It is really good. The book is very well written. I did not want to put it down. The imagery in this book is fantastic. I read a blurb about this book. I try not the read the synopsis of any books, I want to discover the book on my own. What I read in this book was not what I was expecting. I went into this book thinking it would be about a man going back to his hometown and reminiscing about a girl and their adventures together. I had no idea how vivid and extraordinary the tale was going to be. It is unbelievable. It’s an adult and children’s book at the same time. As an adult reading this I see how humdrum our lives become and when we recall the stories of our youths they are always more outrageous than what might have actually happened. Every this is bigger, bolder, and scarier. I want my teenage nieces to read this book, I want my friends to read this book.
Here are some parts of the book I fell in love with:
THE REAL SUMMARY:
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.
Forty years earlier, a man committed suicide in a stolen car at this farm at the end of the road. Like a fuse on a firework, his death lit a touchpaper and resonated in unimaginable ways. The darkness was unleashed, something scary and thoroughly incomprehensible to a little boy. And Lettie—magical, comforting, wise beyond her years—promised to protect him, no matter what.
A groundbreaking work from a master, The Ocean at the End of the Laneis told with a rare understanding of all that makes us human, and shows the power of stories to reveal and shelter us from the darkness inside and out. It is a stirring, terrifying, and elegiac fable as delicate as a butterfly’s wing and as menacing as a knife in the dark.