[DWJ] Gaiman's Ocean at the End of the Lane
gbhillel at netvision.net.il
Mon Jul 8 03:43:53 EDT 2013
Many spoilers here. I read it as a manuscript back in October so it's not
as fresh in my memory as it could have been, but:
* Fire and Hemlock and to a lesser extent Time of the Ghost in the sense of
reconstructing childhood memories, and the realisation that what the
protagonist thinks of as his life may be sort of a lie
* DWJish bits in the way the parents are corruptible, but this is a theme
in other Gaiman books as well. Hard to know how much of this is influence
and how much his own style. Readers less familiar with DWJ and/or Gaiman
might be more shocked to discover that parents are not immune to evil, and
are capable of turning on their own children. Here it was almost at Stephen
* The kindly women neighbors reminded me of the witches in "A Wrinkle in
Time". And maybe Gladys in "A Sudden Wild Magic".
* Going to that liminal other place where a malign or indifferently harmful
powerful being resides, in order to negotiate, or to rescue someone
kidnapped - whether it is Fairyland or merely a metaphor - happens in
plenty of good books. There's that dream-journey to Babylon in "Deep
Secret", also the visit to Series 11 (is it 11?) at the end of "Christopher
Chant". If I recall there's a similar bit in the Tiffany Aching books by
Pratchett, and I thought it was well done in "The Feral Child" by Che
Golden which I also read about a year ago.
Overall I think there are many interesting links and points of comparison
that could be made to DWJ books, but I did not find it particularly more
DWJish than other Gaiman books.
On Mon, Jul 8, 2013 at 9:43 AM, Kathleen Jennings <
kathleen.jennings at gmail.com> wrote:
> No spoilers here, except for the last sentence which isn't really one.
> Had a frenzied little conversation about this on Twitter too, and the
> funny thing was it reminded everyone of a different DWJ.
> For me it was Fire and Hemlock-ish, definitely. Others swore by
> Hexwood. My housemate said Time of the Ghost and Deep Secret. Another
> contingent championed Enchanted Glass.
> Definitely that strong sense of mystery underpinning/secretly
> interacting with the everyday, and secrets being dredged out of memory
> (whereas I find in Gaiman it usually feels like a more distinct
> world/subworld/discovery-of-the-unfamiliar rather than
> discovery-of-something-you-maybe-ought-to-have-known-all-along). And
> yet I felt the through-line of the story was from a slightly different
> For the record, I liked it a lot. My housemate, however, had a
> dramatic reaction to it and the sense of making sense of the past &
> childhood. When she posts about it I'll link here.
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