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New Haven Area Bibliophiles Message Board › Discussion Questions: September- The Ocean at the End of the Lane

Discussion Questions: September- The Ocean at the End of the Lane

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New Haven, CT
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Hi Everyone! Here are the discussion questions for tomorrow night! Hope to see everyone:)

Discussion Questions:

1) Neil Gaiman never once uses the name of the main character. Did you notice this while reading the book? What reason do you think he had for doing that?

2) What do you think is going on in the narrator’s life when he returns to the lane. He was attending a funeral but what else is occurring in his life? How does this relate to what he experiences when he returns?

3) What is the book telling us about the trials of being middle aged?

4) What does the kitten represent at the beginning of the story? The kitten that appears later in the story? Do you feel these two are in some way related?

5) Why did the tenant kill himself at the beginning of the story? What did this have to do with anything else that happened in the story?

6) The narrator has very little control over his world, as he is very young. How do you think he grew in response to what he experienced with Ursula and the other realm?

7) What was Ursula’s reason for entering the narrator’s realm? Do you feel that Ursula was actually evil, or was it that we only knew her through the boy’s viewpoint?

8) The Hempstocks have supernatural powers. Are they witches? How are they alike and how are they different?

9) What was the narrator’s relationship to Lettie? Do you think it was an accident they met?

10) Explain the narrator’s relationship with his parents. Were they major characters in the story? In what way were they detrimental?

11) How do you feel about what Lettie did at the end of the flashback part of the book? How do you think things would have been different if she had stayed there?

12) It has been said that children make poor historians. Do you feel that the story was exactly the way he remembers it, or do you think he remembered through the mind of a child with an overactive imagination?

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