The Ocean at the end of the Lane


ImageThe story and the novel are brilliant as one would expect of a Gaiman piece of work. A part of me is sad that it wasn’t longer but I know that if Neil had stretched the novel out to make it longer only for the sake of length that it would have suffered. The story is perfect at the length that it is.

There are some questions that go unanswered: What is the name of the narrator? Whose funeral did he escape from at the start of the novel to go and sit by the Ocean and remember? But ultimately those questions do not matter – what matters is what happened to the narrator’s 7 year old self all those years ago.

The majority of the story is told from the perspective of a 7 year old and so there are many points where it is perfectly done and events which are not completely understood or matter to the narrator are glossed over even though the older self knows what it means all those years later and we as adult readers can understand their significance.

I sincerely hope we don’t have to wait the same amount of time as there was between Anansi Boys and “Ocean” before Neil Gaiman brings out his next novel aimed at his adult readers.

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