In this where Stephen King-meets-C.S.Lewis-meets-Dean Koontz, Neil Gaiman dazzles in this good versus evil part fairy part horror tale. Judiciously blending the interplay of human emotions with the disconnectedness of childhood, the ‘Ocean At The End Of The Lane’, is a rich tapestry of imagination, art and erudite articulation.
The book begins with the protagonist making a trip to an old and isolated duck pond in the lush greens of Sussex. Sitting on a bench and staring at the pond brings back a rush of conflicting recollections – both pleasant and painful. A caring set of parents, a sinister nanny going by the name of Ursula Monkton, a shilling materialising out of his throat and most of all the enduring image of Lettie Hempstock – Lettie the protector, and Lettie the preserver.
Powerful fairies, pernicious carrion cleaners and vulnerable human beings with their attendant set of even gullible emotions make Neil Gaiman’s book a virtual ‘un-put-downer’!