February Meeting - Ocean at the End of the Lane

The Ocean at the End of the Laneby Neil Gaiman (Goodreads Author) rating details  ·  82,054 ratings  ·  13,589 reviews

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.(less)

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  • Josh

    Not a lot of talk. Not very lively.

    February 13, 2014

    • Kim J.

      I agree. The book doesn't lend itself to debate or speculation, though I did enjoy it. Do we ever organize the meeting around talking points or questions?

      February 14, 2014

    • Paul S. T.

      We do some of the time, but it's hard to find discussion questions for some books sometimes. I guess if we're going to have individuals pick books and lead the discussion in future months, it'll be their responsibility to find something! ;)

      1 · February 14, 2014

  • Tracy

    Fun meeting all of you

    1 · February 14, 2014

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