Guest Review: The Ocean at the End of the Lane

I really don’t know what to say about this book. Let me start with the fact that it is the most intense and amazing book I have ever read.

Revolving around the story of our narrator’s childhood, the story begins when his family’s lodger, an opal miner from South Africa, steals their car and commits suicide in it, releasing such strong forces that no ordinary human being can stop.

On the day of the suicide, the narrator is wandering around the town, when he comes across a large farm, belonging to the Hempstocks – Lettie, a young girl, Mrs. Hempstock, her mother, and Old Mrs. Hempstock, her grandmother. I’ll get back to these characters in a while.

Our narrator is the main victim of the unleashed monster, which is targeting his family. The beast is slowly pulling apart his whole family bit by bit. The beast is their new housekeeper, Ursula Monkton. His only hope is three Hempstock women, the oldest of them having a memory going back to the beginning of time, and the youngest of them calling a fishpond her ocean.

After reading this book, I didn’t feel like reading anything more. It was so intense that I knew there couldn’t be a better book. I recommend it to anyone who reads this and doesn’t call Neil Gaiman a “Gay-Man”. I am practically begging you to read the book and tell your friends to do the same.

The Ocean at the End of the Lane
By Neil Gaiman
Publisher: Headline

Reviewed By:
Imran Batra, Noida
Age 12

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