Tuesday, October 13, 2015
Ocean at the End of the Lane/Neil Gaiman/181 pgs. (October Challenge)p
The unnamed,middle-aged narrator has returned to his childhood home in Sussex, England, to deliver the eulogy at a funeral. He has some time to kill (no pun intended) so he finds himself taking the path down to the old Hempstock farmhouse where his friend, Lettie Hempstock, and her mother and grandmother used to live. He hasn't seen Lettie in years--she was 11 years old at the time, and he was just 7 years old at the time. They met when his father's car went missing, and the person who took it had committed suicide in it. This led to unforeseen, creepy, fantastical events. Evil forces come into play, and only the Hempstocks can banish it--but to what cost to Lettie and the unnamed narrator? It's an interesting story with an unsettling undertone.