I hope the Mardi Gras tempests did not rain too much on your personal parade. After spending a chilly but delightful Lundi Gras on the river and cheering our dual kings Zulu and Rex and the fireworks that officially launched our day of misrule, I decided to spend a cozy Fat Tuesday catching up on the bad boys in “True Detective” and reading our March selection. I agree with the reviewer below who suggests that our book probably needs a second read-through, so I suggest you all get started now.
The Ocean At The End Of The Lane
by Neil Gaiman
National Book Award Book of the Year Award 2013 and numerous other best lists
“Even if you are not familiar with the prodigious — and prolific — talent of Neil Gaiman, you'll want to spend a novella's worth of time inside the dark world at the heart of
The Ocean At The End of the Lane
. The book begins with a middle-aged man who goes back to his childhood home after a funeral, where he begins having recollections of a series of curious events. I think it would spoil the pleasure of the book to say more about its plot — there's a brave girl, and a special boy, and a sacrifice — but at a mere 192 pages, it begs to be read twice to enjoy the sorrow and surprise of its ending. Although it's been called a book for adults, what Gaiman is most deft at is describing the terrors, large and small, of childhood, and how those terrors linger and shape adults. ‘Truth is,’ Gaiman writes, ‘there aren't any grown-ups. Not one, not in the whole wide world.’”
You can find the book in local bookstores--be sure to tell Maple Street Bookstore that it is for a book group so that you get your discount. It is also in the New Orleans and Jefferson public libraries. It's available online and as an ebook and audiobook. (So...no excuses!)
PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE only RSVP yes if you plan to read the book and to be there for the MEETUP!