Last weeks novel was The Ocean At The End Of The Lane by Neil Gaiman.
A middle-aged man, listless after a funeral, finds himself on the road he lived on as a child. His childhood home is long gone, but at the end of the road, an old farmstead still stands where, at the age of seven, he met a strange girl named Lettie Hempstock and her mother and grandmother. Drawn to it, and the duck pond she’d claimed was an ocean, he remembers that time, and all the strange things that happened then.
I loved this novel. The characters are rich and captivating., and you can’t help but care for them. Sometimes the dialog tripped me. The Hempstock’s occasionally lapse into a more country accent and it would take me a moment to understand the inflection.
The plot is fantastic, immersive and fast-paced. Neil Gaiman has weaved another strange and fascinating story here, and it’s one I feel could reach people of all ages. The main story, bracketed by the adult present story, is a great story of childish adventure and magic.
I couldn’t put this book down, and at only 181 pages, I didn’t have to. It can be read quickly and is thoroughly satisfying.
4.5 out of 5. Wonderful. I’ll be picking up more of Neil Gaiman’s novels soon.
So, on to this week!
This weeks novel will be…
The Secrets of Life and Death by Rebecca Alexander.
Historical Fiction mixed with magic. I can’t imagine this not being good.
That’s it for this Novel Monday. See you Wednesday for my last Craft Wednesday of the year!