The 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 Boys, Coraline (made into a full-length feature film in 2009), Sandman, Stardust (adapted to the screen in 2007), the Newberry Medal award-winning The Graveyard Book and many more. Visit www.neilgaiman.com 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.