The Ocean at the End of the Lane- Neil Gaiman

200px-Ocean_at_the_End_of_the_Lane_US_CoverThe Ocean at the End of the Lane, Neil Gaiman’s first work for adults in almost a decade, tells the story of an unnamed narrator’s childhood adventures in rural England. But this young boy’s adventures are not limited to imagination and exploration, although he recalls a fair amount of both. He reminisces about the time he unintentionally let loose an evil creature from a strange land with an orange sky and the adventures that followed. From his equally strange neighbors, the Hempstocks, he learned all about a world he never knew existed, a world full of the impossible. A grown-up fairytale, The Ocean at the End of the Lane is sure to be a favorite with fantasy readers, science fiction fans, and anyone who enjoys a good story.


Discussion questions for The Ocean at the End of the Lane:

– How does Gaiman create this world-within-a-world by melding fantasy with reality?

– What are the narrator’s thoughts about the world of adults vs. the world of children? Do you think that he’s right?

– Gaiman tells the story through the an adult narrator looking back on his childhood. How does this perspective influence the telling?

Also from Neil Gaiman- Anansi BoysCoraline (made into a full-length feature film in 2009), SandmanStardust (adapted to the screen in 2007), the Newberry Medal award-winning The Graveyard Book and many more. Visit to learn more! And for those in Billings, Montana- sign up to hear Neil Gaiman read his new novel at the Grand Opening of your new Public Library on February 21st.

3 thoughts on “The Ocean at the End of the Lane- Neil Gaiman

  1. One of the things I love about Gaiman is his ability to find and accentuate the intersection between reality and fantasy. He slips easily from boyhood dreams into the great trascendental mysteries that have kept us as a species wondering since time unremembered. Reading “The Ocean at the End of the Lane,” I couldn’t help but feel that I was living in a dream.

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