The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman is story of magic and wishes. The story opens to a middle age man leaving a funeral. As he drives through the village he grew up in, he finds himself at the Hempstock farm. While he is there, he remembers the fantastical events of one year when the duck pond on the farm became an ocean.
We are introduced to a lonely young boy who prefers the company of books than kids his age. He meets Lettie Hempstock who insists her duck pond is an ocean. After meeting Lettie and her family, strange occurrences begin to happen around the village. Money mysteriously appearing in the weirdest places, money being thrown at people and a mysterious woman appears at the boy’s home and makes herself comfortable as the family nanny. What is going on? What does the occurrences have to do with the Hempstock farm and their ocean?
I’ve read a few of Neil Gaiman’s books before and The Ocean at the End of the Lane is just as mystical and wonderful as his previous books. It combines the real world with a world of fantasy and magic. It was wonderful strange creatures and interesting characters that as you read, you’re wondering who these people are. It was a short book, about 300 pages, and a quick read. There isn’t much I can talk about without giving away major plot points. If you love fantasy with wonderful characters, I would highly recommend this book.