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The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman is pure magic. It’s reminiscent of The Chronicles of Narnia in it’s simplicity and imagery. It’s subject matter definitely had it’s dark moments, but it was written in such a way that the darkness did not take away from the light.
The story follows an unnamed protagonist… a young boy who lives in the country with his family. When the family goes through rough times, they must take in a boarder. Not long after his arrival, the boarder is found in the father’s vehicle having committed suicide. The death of the boarder allows an evil supernatural being to enter our realm. After his own near death experience with the supernatural being, the boy reaches out to his neighbor, a young lady named Lettie.
Lettie, her mother, and her grandmother have experience with the supernatural and help the little boy to protect his family from Ursula, the young female form the supernatural being has taken on. The story took a lot of unexpected turns and I found it endearing.
GREAT read!!! Imaginative, fun, and slightly dark. I definitely recommend it!
-Getting into a workout routine again! And eating healthier. Whoo! I’m trying a new-ish program called Intermittent Feeding/Intermittent Fasting (IF) and it’s been cutting down on my off-hour snacking and cereal eating!
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We meet Lily Bart on her scandalous first visit to single Lawrence Selden’s apartment. Despite her strong feelings for Lawrence, Lily refuses to allow herself to become attached to a man with so small a fortune. She finds herself torn between her love of luxuries and her desire to be truly happy in marriage. She seems to destroy her own chances when she ignores Percy Gryce, an eligible millionaire looking to marry the beautiful Miss Bart.
Once Percy Gryce marries another young lady in their social set, Lily finds herself in need of money to keep living her extravagant lifestyle. She turns to Gus, the husband of her best friend, Judy Trenor, for advice on stocks. Gus lies and tells Lily that her stocks have risen and gives her a thousand dollars. When it is released to her social group that Gus gave her a thousand dollars from his own pocket, Lily’s relationships with her friends suffer greatly. Having turned down her true love – Lawrence Selden – due to his lack of funds, Lily finds herself in debt and miserable.
This story is not uplifting. It’s mostly just sad. I wanted Lily to realize that her true feelings for Lawrence were more important than all the things she could ever buy, but she didn’t until the novels end… when it was much too late for reconciliation. Sad, but interesting. It’s not in my top 20 or even top 50, but an alright period piece for New York society circa 1890.