Book Reviews

The Ocean at the End of the Lane – Neil Gaiman (Book Review)


Title : The Ocean at the Ocean of the Lane

Author : Neil Gaiman


Genre : Adult Fantasy

Goodreads 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 Lane is 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.


Teaches us about sacrifice, hope and faith : Values, important values in life are dealt with in this book. It is based on themes like survival, sacrifice, hope and trust. How memory affects our life and how certain things in life completely change our life.

The portrayal of childhood is excellentHow a child’s mind works, and what affects his actions and his beliefs is so well portrayed here. The child in the story isn’t trying to act beyond his age, which is a relief.


Weird, shitty fantasy : The fantasy element of the book was horrible and disgusting. It was simply senseless, like, what even? Literally anything happened, without any explanation or any reason. It was rubbish. It was just SO bad. And here’s another secret : I DNF’d the book. By the time I reached the last 20 pages, I was literally weeping at my physical pain. It was physically exhausting to read any more of this garbage. (Yeah I’m brutal #sorrynotsorry)

Story sucked : Oh gawd it was just terrible. Like, I have literally no idea what was happening. And sad thing is, I really liked the prologue. But the book was a major letdown and I’m so crazy right now because I SPENT MONEY ON IT. 😭

Characters were meh : I was least bothered about the stupid characters like I couldn’t even care enough to complete the book.

Mediocre writing : I’ve read Gaiman before and I really enjoyed The Graveyard Book. But I don’t find his writing to be anything extraordinary or special. It’s just mediocre. Some fantastic writing might have saved the book but nope, not happening.

Recommend to ?

See, I hated the book. So of course I wouldn’t recommend this. But, you can try it on your own and see how you feel about it, because it’s a pretty famous and loved book.

A ‘good book’ or a ‘good read’ ?

A bad book. A horrible read.

My Rating

1/5 stars


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