The Ocean at the end of the Lane

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Neil Gaiman, i have heard the name of the author before but had not read anything by him. Caroline was an animated movie i had watched with my brothers and was fascinated by it. The colors, the dream like state of all characters, the wicked shadows, everything in it was dark and at the same time was so colorful. At that time i did not know it was based on a book. But reading this book i could see the similarities in the writing style. Neil Gaiman writes books on children or more like on children nightmares and imaginary games. He says the most captivating things in his text.

The memories fade and blend and smudge together. 

Different people remember things differently, and you’ll not get any two people to remember anything the same, whether they were there or not. You stand two of you right next to each other, and they could be continents away for all it means anything.

This book is all about a middle age man going back to the house of his childhood friend, he had suffered some great loss and he arrives unconsciously  to the house of a short term friend he had made at age of 7. There he sits by a pond which he remembered his friend telling him was an Ocean. From there he falls in old memories. When he was a boy, made a friend, with a girl who was not what she looked like, but then nobody really is what they look. They had a small adventure which leads to number of very complicated events. Of course he is made to forget those events. but

Childhood memories are sometimes covered and obscured beneath the things that come later, like childhood toys forgotten at the bottom of a crammed adult closet but they are never lost for good.

The story revolves around a boy who likes to read and is people shy, but there is this thing the author says, which is  next to my own heart

I liked myths. They weren’t adult stories and they weren’t children stories. They were better than that they just were.

The story is like a child nightmarish dream, its vivid but creatures in it don’t have names, they just are because the children do not question thing like possibilities, believing in things which are not possible is very different for them, they had not yet put the world in the boxes of possible and impossible, they had not established which dreams are silly and which are just dreams.

Adults follow paths. Children explore.

the whole book, is about a boy’s encounter with people who are not normal human beings, and other creatures which come from the beyond the bounds of this reality. This  is a different fantasy. It darkly beautiful book.

Adults should not weep, i knew. They did not have mothers who could comfort them.


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