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The Ocean at the End of the Lane

The Ocean At The End Of The Lane

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The Ocean At The End Of The Lane

by Gaiman, Neil
Short but engaging.

The Ocean at the End of the Lane, by Neil Gaiman, is a book about memory. Gaiman tells a story of the power in childhood memories, which can change our lives and inform our decisions, and can take us to far reaching destinations and return us home again. These memories help us become who we really are. In The Ocean at the End of the Lane, a young boy (7) who is oddly never named by Gaiman, meets Lettie Hempstock, a strange older-than-her-years girl of 11. She mistakenly introduces him to a new reality where a circle of rhododendrons becomes a fairy ring, otherworldly monsters seek to eat your heart and oceans masquerade as duck ponds. Lettie takes the boy with her to do a chore at the pond, but inadvertently he smuggles a hungry dark creature through this magic ocean gateway into the pond. The story becomes about the battle to send this creature back where she belongs before she hurts the boy. In this surprisingly short but engaging story, Gaiman weaves a tale that is exciting, frightening, sad, and magical. It is a story of the things we almost remember, of creatures glimpsed from the corners of our eyes, and the scary stories our grandmothers told us to keep us safe.

 
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Storytelling genius Neil Gaiman delivers a whimsical, imaginative, bittersweet and at times deeply scary modern fantasy about fear, love, magic and sacrifice to reveal and to protect us from the darkness inside?a moving, terrifying and elegiac fable. Reprint.



  • Condition: Used - Good
    HPB condition ratings
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    • Fine/Like New (F): No defects, little usage. May show remainder marks. Older books may show minor flaws.
    • Very Good (VG): Shows some signs of wear and is no longer fresh. Attractive. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
    • Good (G): Average used book with all pages present. Possible loose bindings, highlighting, cocked spine or torn dust jackets. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
    • Fair (FR): Obviously well-worn, but no text pages missing. May be without endpapers or title page. Markings do not interfere with readability. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
    • Poor (P): All text is legible but may be soiled and have binding defects. Reading copies and binding copies fall into this category. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
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  • Format: Paperback
  • Sold by: HPB Bloomingdale
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  • Language: English
  • Publisher: William Morrow & Co
  • ISBN-13: 9780062255662
  • ISBN: 0062255665
  • Publication Year: 2014
  • Edition: Reprint
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HPB condition ratings
  • New: Item is brand new, unused and unmarked, in flawless condition.
  • Fine/Like New (F): No defects, little usage. May show remainder marks. Older books may show minor flaws.
  • Very Good (VG): Shows some signs of wear and is no longer fresh. Attractive. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Good (G): Average used book with all pages present. Possible loose bindings, highlighting, cocked spine or torn dust jackets. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Fair (FR): Obviously well-worn, but no text pages missing. May be without endpapers or title page. Markings do not interfere with readability. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Poor (P): All text is legible but may be soiled and have binding defects. Reading copies and binding copies fall into this category. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
Conditions Guide
HPB condition ratings
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  • Fair (FR): This item is in okay condition. For vinyl: good is not so good and the record may have low level crackles or pops when playing. CD: one or more tracks may skip.
  • Poor (P): Obviously well-worn and handled. Most vinyl collectors will not buy good or below, but some tracks on CD or vinyl will play.
Conditions Guide
HPB condition ratings
  • New: This movie is unopened and brand new.
  • Fine/Like New (EX): Near new. No defects, little sign of use. Plays perfectly. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. No skipping; no fuzzy or snowy frames in VHS.
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  • Fair (FR): Basically plays, but may be obviously well-worn with some scratching or tape distortion.
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