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L'oceano in fondo al sentiero (2013)

di Neil Gaiman

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12,369868413 (4.08)1 / 742
It began for our narrator forty years ago when the family lodger stole their car and committed suicide in it, stirring up ancient powers best left undisturbed. Dark creatures from beyond the world are on the loose, and it will take everything our narrator has just to stay alive: there is primal horror here, and menace unleashed - within his family and from the forces that have gathered to destroy it. His only defense is three women, on a farm at the end of the lane. The youngest of them claims that her duckpond is ocean. The oldest can remember the Big Bang.… (altro)
Aggiunto di recente daCloverlimes, SwatiRavi, Luna_052587, quavmo, combinare, KaiStarkk, biblioteca privata, Sindead
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    Il figlio del cimitero di Neil Gaiman (emperatrix)
  2. 191
    Nessun dove di Neil Gaiman (riverwillow)
  3. 171
    Coraline di Neil Gaiman (emperatrix)
  4. 151
    Il popolo dell'autunno di Ray Bradbury (streamsong, BookshelfMonstrosity)
    BookshelfMonstrosity: These atmospheric coming-of-age tales are magical and poignant as they dance around issues of good and evil. Though they contain plenty of dark undercurrents, they are ultimately hopeful.
  5. 90
    Sette minuti dopo la mezzanotte di Patrick Ness (bookworm12)
  6. 80
    Un altro mondo di Jo Walton (norabelle414)
    norabelle414: A young, bookish kid in 1970s England gets tangled up in magical and scary events larger than they are.
  7. 60
    Tom's Midnight Garden di Philippa Pearce (rakerman)
    rakerman: There are similar themes of childhood and memory in The Ocean at the End of the Lane and Tom's Midnight Garden. The Ocean is a much more intense book, Midnight Garden is more wistful.
  8. 50
    Dandetion Wine di Ray Bradbury (souloftherose)
  9. 72
    Uno spicchio di tenebra di Susan Cooper (Iudita)
  10. 40
    I custodi di Slade House di David Mitchell (CGlanovsky)
    CGlanovsky: Sinister and supernatural worlds exist hidden inside an otherwise normal modern UK
  11. 40
    A Fistful of Sky di Nina Kiriki Hoffman (LongDogMom)
    LongDogMom: Similar style, magical family
  12. 62
    Il libro delle cose perdute di John Connolly (bookworm12, bluenotebookonline, BookshelfMonstrosity)
    BookshelfMonstrosity: These fantasy novels featuring boys who get caught up in mystical, mysterious adventures both have dark undercurrents that create a strong atmosphere of suspense. Their vividly imagined fairy tale-like worlds make the stories both wondrous and compelling.… (altro)
  13. 40
    A Sudden Wild Magic di Diana Wynne Jones (LongDogMom)
  14. 30
    The Earth Hums in B Flat di Mari Strachan (-Eva-)
    -Eva-: Similar narrator in a similar environment, where magic is all around, but the growth of the character is the essential part.
  15. 30
    Spirits That Walk in Shadow di Nina Kiriki Hoffman (LongDogMom)
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    La pietra del vecchio pescatore: romanzo di Pat O'Shea (LongDogMom)
  17. 10
    The Boneshaker di Kate Milford (Othemts)
  18. 10
    Witches of Lychford di Paul Cornell (TheDivineOomba)
  19. 10
    The Shape-Changer's Wife di Sharon Shinn (beyondthefourthwall)
    beyondthefourthwall: Concise, elegantly rendered fantasy novels feeling like classic fairy tales.
  20. 10
    ˆL'‰inconfondibile tristezza della torta al limone di Aimee Bender (akblanchard)
    akblanchard: Both books use magical realism to illuminate family relationships.

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DNF @ 52%

Dear Neal, with all due respect, WHAT THE HELL?

I've spent the whole day dreading picking up my Kindle. And this is NOT how a book should make you feel. Thus - nope, can't keep me. Good riddance. Burn! Burn! Burn!

This book sounds good in theory. In practice? Not so much.
At first the writing felt atmospheric, but then the remembering starts aaand things do a steep nosedive. It kept missing emotional beats and was just too much, too everything for the story.

Protagonist is dull and passive. I kept waiting for him to DO SOMETHING or grow a brain and stop being stupid. Alas! This boy is hopeless. Especially if compared to Coraline and Bod who act smart and don't wait for someone else to solve their problems. The kid may be only seven but that's no excuse. And if he reads so much then why does it not translate into real life? Why is he deep in denial when stories would have taught him better than to pretend that everything is alright when nothing is??? This makes no sense!

And the whole thing was supposed to be a shortstory anyway. Which would have been nice to know before I started. Because that's reason enough to NOT pick up this book - Gaiman's shortstories very rarely work for me.

The book is frustrating to no end, disappointingly underdeveloped and upsetting in more ways than one. It would have benefitted from heavy editing and shorter format.

I cannot recommend this book to anyone. In fact, it would be criminal for me to even try.

FINAL VERDICT : AVOID
(maybe not, but there is no satisfaction to be found here) ( )
  QuirkyCat_13 | Jun 20, 2022 |
Another delightfully haunting and magical story from Mr. Gaiman. Really wonderful in the way that all great stories are; it took me away from the world while teaching me something about it. I don't think I will ever get tired of reading his books. ( )
  Carmentalie | Jun 4, 2022 |
I think I am falling in love with Neil Gaiman. Someone tell my husband.

Especially when Neil reads his own story...it is lovely.

This was a great story. Part myth, part fantastical fantasy and fears of childhood, part deep meanings of life explained, all wrapped up in a narrative by an unnamed 7 year old boy. I loved the old Mrs. Hemstock and her snipping powers; created such a nice image of how we sometimes need to change our story or forget some traumas for our own sanity. I also like the idea of powerful beings who want to be around us ridiculous humans and aren't afraid of the hunger birds and fleas that we don't even know exist.

His use of words and his ease of reading them is the best. ( )
  BarbF410 | May 22, 2022 |
Ooh this was so good I couldn't put it down....even though it also creeped me out. A really really good short novel (could give to teens, although the story gets really dark) about an episode from the narrator's past, when he was a young boy, that has haunted him ever since. Even though he really can't remember it fully except when he revisits his childhood home. The plot is too convoluted to begin to explain here, but it involves a girl on a neighboring farm, a pond (that the girl calls the "ocean"), and really creepy creatures from another dimension. And also memory, and love, and friendship, and human foibles like greed. And it's just marvelous. ( )
  GoldieBug | May 22, 2022 |
Excellent story telling, as usual! Unique and touching. ( )
  chibitika | May 10, 2022 |
The Ocean at the End of the Lane arouses, and satisfies, the expectations of the skilled reader of fairytales, and stories which draw on fairytales. Fairytales, of course, were not invented for children, and deal ferociously with the grim and the bad and the dangerous. But they promise a kind of resolution, and Gaiman keeps this promise.
aggiunto da riverwillow | modificaThe Guardian, AS Byatt (Jul 3, 2013)
 
[Gaiman's] mind is a dark fathomless ocean, and every time I sink into it, this world fades, replaced by one far more terrible and beautiful in which I will happily drown.
aggiunto da zhejw | modificaNew York Times, Benjamin Percy (Jun 27, 2013)
 
The story is tightly plotted and exciting. Reading it feels a lot like diving into an extremely smart, morally ambiguous fairy tale. And indeed, Gaiman's adult protagonist observes at one point that fairy tales aren't for kids or grownups — they're just stories. In Gaiman's version of the fairy tale, his protagonist's adult and child perspectives are interwoven seamlessly, giving us a sense of how he experienced his past at that time, as well as how it affected him for the rest of his life.
aggiunto da SimoneA | modificaNPR, Annalee Newitz (Jun 17, 2013)
 
Reading Gaiman's new novel, his first for adults since 2005's The Anansi Boys, is like listening to that rare friend whose dreams you actually want to hear about at breakfast. The narrator, an unnamed Brit, has returned to his hometown for a funeral. Drawn to a farm he dimly recalls from his youth, he's flooded with strange memories: of a suicide, the malign forces it unleashed and the three otherworldly females who helped him survive a terrifying odyssey. Gaiman's at his fantasy-master best here—the struggle between a boy and a shape-shifter with "rotting-cloth eyes" moves at a speedy, chilling clip. What distinguishes the book, though, is its evocation of the powerlessness and wonder of childhood, a time when magic seems as likely as any other answer and good stories help us through. "Why didn't adults want to read about Narnia, about secret islands and ... dangerous fairies?" the hero wonders. Sometimes, they do.
 

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Nome dell'autoreRuoloTipo di autoreOpera?Stato
Gaiman, Neilautore primariotutte le edizioniconfermato
Coder, LaneImmagine di copertinaautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
Johnson, AdamProgetto della copertinaautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
Kerner, Jamie LynnDesignerautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
McKean, DaveIllustratoreautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
Sasscer, AshleeProgetto della copertinaautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
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"I remember my own childhood vividly ... I knew terrible things. But I knew I mustn't let adults know I knew. It would scare them."

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It was only a duck pond, out at the back of the farm. It wasn't very big.
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Books were safer than other people anyway.
You don't pass or fail at being a person, dear.
Lettie Hempstock said it was an ocean, but I knew that was silly. She said they'd come here across the ocean from the old country.
Her mother said that Lettie didn't remember properly, and it was a long time ago, and anyway, the old country had sunk.
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It began for our narrator forty years ago when the family lodger stole their car and committed suicide in it, stirring up ancient powers best left undisturbed. Dark creatures from beyond the world are on the loose, and it will take everything our narrator has just to stay alive: there is primal horror here, and menace unleashed - within his family and from the forces that have gathered to destroy it. His only defense is three women, on a farm at the end of the lane. The youngest of them claims that her duckpond is ocean. The oldest can remember the Big Bang.

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