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This movie led me to think that life is not all about careers, education, or even money; a large part of life is about having hope, and living happy. Or has everything been a fantasy created by a lonely boy—"so powerful that I believed it to be real"? It’s a story about the sad state of affairs of adult creativity and imagination and how, as adults, we perceive children’s stories to be false. Thanks for your thoughts Tyler. To the eyes of a 7-year-old this can be magic. The illustrated edition of the work was published on 5 November 2019, featuring the artwork of Australian fine artist Elise Hurst. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. Neil Gaiman Talks about The Ocean at the End of the Lane", "GAIMAN TALKS "SANDMAN," WALKS TO "THE OCEAN AT THE END OF THE LANE, "Review: 'The Ocean at the End of the Lane' by Neil Gaiman is otherworldly brilliance", "Dive into Neil Gaiman's 'Ocean at the End of the Lane, http://idreambooks.com/The-Ocean-at-the-End-of-the-Lane-A-Novel-by-Neil-Gaiman/reviews/30222, "Neil Gaiman novel wins Book of the Year", "Focus Features, Playtone Acquire Neil Gaiman's New Novel For Joe Wright To Helm", The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish, The Tragical Comedy or Comical Tragedy of Mr. Punch, Green Lantern/Superman: Legend of the Green Flame. Maybe Lettie DID have an ocean. I choose to see this novel as a remarkable work that alters us from who we are now and tomorrow by showing us, for a moment, who we were back then. The Hempstocks promise to keep him safe, but the hunger birds begin to eat his world in order to force him off the property. Our main character sees the Nanny for what she really is though – an other worldly beast that threatens his life, living, and his family. You might shrug, or shake you head and laugh it off. And this last paragraph (like a lot of the book, actually) has two possible interpretations: what you get on the surface, and the slightly more in-depth understanding of what Gaiman meant to convey.

And even if we take that as it is the whole novel made me feel like the child, despite the magic woven throughout the story he tells, was telling a story that was no less true than what the adults perceived. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Things merely are as they are. So many thoughts race through my mind, after reading this book. Or maybe the Ocean, was a simply a way to connect to everything around reality, and to the things underpinning reality, including the known and unknown universe. There is no magic, nor illusion, nor any mystery to life. Ursula quickly ingratiates herself with his family, winning over his sister and seducing his father, while the narrator is alienated from his family and is almost drowned in the bath by his father as Ursula watches. They are a group of strong independent women who manage their farm themselves without any external help.

Read a little deeper, though, and you might find that Gaiman is referring to the whole story that we've just experienced.

I wondered where the illusion of the second moon had come from, but I only wondered for a moment, and then I dismissed it from my thoughts. The Hempstock family consists of Lettie (a girl of 11 years old), Mrs. Hempstock (Lettie’s mother), and Old Mrs. Hempstock (Lettie’s grandmother).

The Ocean at the End of the Lane What's Up With the Ending? ( Log Out /  Batman: Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader? He viewed the world with innocence and without the jaded eyes of scientific skepticism; magic abounded in his world. I for one do not argue with anything. Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman were announced to be producing through their company Playtone, and Joe Wright was attached to direct. Lettie and the narrator confront Ursula, who refuses offers from the Hempstocks to leave peacefully for a world that is less dangerous for her.

( Log Out /  As he recounts the story we fall into a rabbit hole of magic, mystery, and illusion that can only exist in the mind of a child. He barely makes it to the Hempstock farm, where the Hempstocks take care of him and remove the wormhole from his foot, which had been left behind by Ursula as an escape path. After some years, the brother came home.

Our main character recounts insults and threats that were lobbed at him by the Nanny, including one threat to lock him in the attic. In the end, they provide him shelter and comfort during a time of great upheaval in his life and often through magical means. Error: Twitter did not respond.

It was viewed to be a typical pond on the top, yet it was a full ocean underneath. Lettie's grandmother threatens the hunger birds, which she refers to as "varmints", with annihilation if they do not leave. Previous Next . [6], Critical reception for the book has been generally positive. I just finished it, and I really considered calling in to work so I could read it again and be that child again. What's Up With the Ending? Once home, he pulls what appears to be a worm out of his foot, but a piece is left inside him. This is not just a review of how I felt about the book, but also an interpretation. So we choose to forget for it is the only way to get on with our lives.

[8] USA Today stated that the novel was thematically similar to Gaiman's 2002 children's novel Coraline and the 2005 film MirrorMask in that the enemy is "closer than they might think", which "makes his monsters that much more sinister when a woman like Ursula is just downstairs". As the Nanny shows up his mother leaves – which can be interpreted as the Nanny replacing his mother. The Ocean at the End of the Lane is a 2013 novel by British author Neil Gaiman. Does this guy have a way with words, or what? I’m going to start a monthly book interpretation/review on the second Monday of each month. To perceive the Hempstock family as magical strikes me as normal, not ridiculous or odd. [5] He began writing Ocean for his wife Amanda Palmer and did not initially intend for it to become a novel, instead intending to write a novella;[5] while writing, he inserted things that he knew Palmer would enjoy, as she "doesn't really like fantasy". I choose to believe that perhaps the things that fled into his (the main character’s) memory was all true. Do shadows even occur during dusk? This is my own interpretation and what I took away from the book. I now want to return to the Hempstock Family. ( Log Out /  As I said before: Books are relics, icons, symbols which are representative of our time and they deserve to be talked about in addition to experienced. The antagonist of the story is the Nanny. Read on and I encourage you to comment. In June 2019, the National Theatre, London, announced they were producing an adaptation of The Ocean at the End of the Lane, written by Joel Horwood and directed by Katy Rudd.

JavaScript seems to be disabled in your browser. There are no men who live at the Hempstock home. He has no recollection of Lettie's near-death, instead believing that she had gone to Australia. He's an adult, though, so he knows there's only one moon, and it'd be silliness to think that he really saw two. Gaiman has said that members of the Hempstock family have shown up in several of his other works, such as Stardust and The Graveyard Book. In our current day there is no room for writing, art, music, or general creativity. I will discuss this later, but first I want to talk about how they fulfill the role of protector for our protagonist.

While in the ocean, the narrator understands the nature of all things, but the memory fades once he gets out. The Hempstocks bring him back to the safety of their property through the ocean by their house, which Lettie carries to him in a bucket. The meaning of this book, started recently over the past 2 years, as I have made new acquaintances, and entered the world of intellectualism; discussing politics, keeping up with current news. [17] Music in the play is by Jherek Bischoff, who also worked with Gaiman's wife Amanda Palmer. They went off to the city and just never returned. It is suggested that the hunger birds did eat his heart after all, but Lettie's sacrifice revived him, and his heart has been slowly growing back ever since. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. While embellished and somewhat exaggerated there is no less truth to the magical story woven by our protagonist than an empirically “factual” tale that we would hear from an adult. Mrs. Hempstock explains that all of the men have left the household. The smiles he gave, the life he lived, was remembered. Mrs. Hempstock, in her explanation, never becomes angry, upset, or bitter. I apologize for the lack of quotes (my friend actually has my copy right now) and I wanted to get this out. In interpreting the book I rely heavily on events within the book. When Lettie died, as we know it, she was given back to the universe; spread out into pieces of the universe, to later be formed again into a physical body. While quite possibly traumatic initially I love the fact that the Hempstock family gets on with their lives. Having trouble understanding The Ocean at the End of the Lane? Before I say anything more: SPOILERS! Lettie brings our protagonist along on her magical adventures into the magical realm that exists on the border of the Hempstock farm. [19], First edition hardcover for the United States, "The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman, reviewed by Darrell Schweitzer", "The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman – review", "Neil Gaiman's The Ocean at the End of the Lane Is Getting an Illustrated Edition", "With The Ocean at the End of the Lane, fantasy master Neil Gaiman presents a mythical view of childhood's fears", "An "Accidental" Novel? By Neil Gaiman. After these events, the narrator's memory of the incident fades. One of the characters in this book, was The Ocean; it seemed to me, to be living, breathing. The more we think about, the more we're really not sure what's up with the ending.

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