The Ocean at the End of the Lane is a children's nightmare and a wonderful tribute to the friendship and hope at the same time. The reader is taken on a journey into the past, in the childhood, and in the human abysses.
Not so far from a farm was a duck pond. It was not so big, but Lettie Hempstock tells everyone, that many years ago duck pond was an ocean, and moreover it is a door in a different reality. What happened one day near its water, may actually never happen...
The seven-year-old boy, whose name we never learn, tells us the story from his perspective. So we are very close to him and learn his emotions first hand.
The Neil Gaiman was born in 1960 in England. He started his career in London as a journalist and became popular for his comics series The Sandman. His most notable novels are Neverwhere and Stardust. Also, he with Terry Pratchett wrote Good Omens. Today he lives in the United States.
"Now we ran under a canopy of apple blossoms , and the whole world smelled of honey. 'That's the problem with living things. They are not permanent. Today a kitten, tomorrow a cat. And then just a memory. And the memory fades... ' "(p.226)