Well, I tried to prolong the gratification as much as I could, but I finally finished The Ocean At the End Of The Lane by Neil Gaiman. I even put the book away when I saw that I was coming near the end, because I didn’t want it to end! It’s not often that such a short book casts a spell over me, but this book reminded me of what makes a really good book – an engaging story. I found myself instantly rooting for the protagonist and intrigued by the Hempstock family and their magical farm. Gaiman captures the magic of childhood perfectly, how innocent things that we would simply overlook as adults, can become the basis for all sorts of whimsical imaginings.
Anyway, I would highly recommend it for the inner child in all of us – a short, bittersweet tale that, were it ever set to a soundtrack, I would have to pick this song by Ellie Goulding. Enjoy 🙂