Hello again, everyone! I hope you enjoyed The Ocean at the End of the Lane
! We're here to discuss the entire book, so any and all spoilers are allowed.
The story juxtaposes the memories of childhood with the present of adulthood. In what ways do children perceive things differently an adults? Do you think there are situations in which a child's perspective can be more truthful than an adult's?
At one point our young narrator says the following about mythology: “I liked myths. They weren’t adult stories and they weren’t children stories. They were better than that. They just were.” Gaiman has shied away from calling this particular book a fairy tale. Would it be more accurate to call it a myth?
When the narrative returns to the present, Old Mrs. Hempstock tells our narrator, "You stand two of you lot next to each other, and you could be continents away for all it means anything" (p. 173). What does she mean by this? Why is it easier for people, our narrator especially, to forget certain things that are difficult to reconcile?
Question 4The Ocean at the End of the Lane
is officially classified as an adult novel—but what arguments could be made for it being young adult literature? Is it even important to distinguish between the two? Why or why not?
We thought it would be fun to see what kind of found poetry you guys can produce from the book! If you don't know what found poetry is and would like to give it a try (you should, it's a blast), there are some great tutorials and explanations here
, and here
! You can submit is a deviation with proper credit, and link down in the comments!
I AM SO GLAD YOU ARE HERE TO PARTICIPATE IN BOOK CLUB! And so is the rest of CRLiterature
! And because we want you to particpate, every month Book Club offers up prizes for the top participants. To win prizes, comment thoughtfully, write critical reviews and create fan art! (You can note us links to your reviews and fan art.) I will be keeping track of who says/does what and PinkyMcCoversong
will send one of the prizes to the monthly winner, and one of the prizes will be put in the "prize bucket" to go to the top participant for the first 6 months of 2015.
This month, thanks to Melville House Books
, we've got ARC's (advanced reader copies) of The Visitors
by Simon Sylvester
. You'll get to read it (and lord spoilers over your friends) before it comes out officially!
Thank you for participating, and I hope you'll stick around to read our next book,
which will be Down a Dark Hall
by Lois Duncan and hosted by PinkyMcCoversong