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Thursday, July 27, 2017

#48 - The Ocean at the End of the Lane - Neil Gaiman

Title:  The Ocean at the End of the Lane
Author:  Neil Gaiman
Genre:  Magical Realism/Fiction
Read by:  Neil Gaiman
Publisher/Date:   Harper Collins Publishers/2013
Dates listened to:   7/19/17 – 7/27/17
CDs/Hours:  5/5.75
IBSN:  978-0-06-226303-2

The genre is called Magical Realism and I wasn’t familiar with the term and thought I hadn’t read anything like it before.  Yet when I googled it other author names popped up like Alice Hoffman whom I have read but didn’t associate her stories with magic.

The jury is still out on what I think of this type of story-telling.  Gaiman does well with detail and character development and magic.  I’m thinking in these types of stories and Ocean in particular it’s a matter of symbolism.  Lettie, the eleven year old girl, who saves the seven year old storyteller may be equivalent to the Biblical Jesus.  Lettie’s mother could be the Holy Spirit and the grandmother may be our Heavenly Father.  In any event the trinity seem to be ageless and when our protagonist goes back after years of being away from the lane he meets the gramma again who hasn’t aged a bit.
Another way of looking at the story is to just enjoy the way it unfolds and take it for what it is – a fairy tale as seen through the eyes of the small seven year old boy.

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