Goodreads Monday is a weekly meme that was started by @Lauren’s Page Turners. This meme is quite easy to follow – just randomly pick a book from your to-be-read list and give the reasons why you want to read it. It is that simple.
This week’s book:
The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
Blurb from Goodreads:
Although the house he lived in is long gone, he is drawn to the farm at the end of the road, where, when he was seven, he encountered a most remarkable girl, Lettie Hempstock, and her mother and grandmother. He hasn’t thought of Lettie in decades, and yet as he sits by the pond (a pond that she’d claimed was an ocean) behind the ramshackle old farmhouse, the unremembered past comes flooding back. And it is a past too strange, too frightening, too dangerous to have happened to anyone, let alone a small boy.
Forty years earlier, a man committed suicide in a stolen car at this farm at the end of the road. Like a fuse on a firework, his death lit a touchpaper and resonated in unimaginable ways. The darkness was unleashed, something scary and thoroughly incomprehensible to a little boy. And Lettie—magical, comforting, wise beyond her years—promised to protect him, no matter what.
A groundbreaking work from a master, The Ocean at the End of the Lane is told with a rare understanding of all that makes us human, and shows the power of stories to reveal and shelter us from the darkness inside and out. It is a stirring, terrifying, and elegiac fable as delicate as a butterfly’s wing and as menacing as a knife in the dark.
Why I Want to Read It
I am not much of a Neil Gaiman fan but he has some works that I want to read. Coraline is one that I am most definitely looking forward to. This is partly due to the movie adaptation, which, ironically enough, I have never watched. Another Gaiman book that I am looking forward to is The Ocean at the End of the Lane.
But let me get one thing straight. I don’t want the narrative form, I want the illustrated version. I barely have an iota on what it is about but once I saw the glossy pages of the illustrated version, I just knew I have to have the book. Moreover, I am building up my appetite for his type of fiction. It is a step away from the fantasy works of JK Rowling and I still haven’t fully warmed up to his brand of fantasy and writing. Maybe this will change my mind.