The Ocean at the End of the Lane Sunday, December 15, 2013. Our Reading Guide for The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman includes Book Club Discussion Questions, Book Reviews, Plot Summary-Synopsis and Author Bio. I found this website that explains all the representations cats can be interpreted as. Symbolism in âThe Ocean at the End of the Laneâ by Neil Gaiman I purchased this book almost as soon as it came out, but since I was deep into other books, it sat atop the pile on my dresser. ... and a walk outside before the wake becomes a literal stroll down memory lane when he reaches the house at the end â¦ The Ocean at the End of the Lane (2013), a magical realism novel by Neil Gaiman, focuses on a middle-aged man who remembers horrific events from his past after attending a funeral near his childhood home. I agree, and I was curious about the different things that cats symbolize. 'The Ocean at the End of the Lane': Theater Review. Ocean is a novel to approach without caution; the author is clearly operating at the height of his career.â -- The Atlantic Wire on The Ocean at the End of the Lane â[A] compelling tale for all ages . entirely absorbing and wholly moving.â -- New York Daily News on The Ocean at the End of the Lane The main character â whose name we never learn â goes to a spot from his childhood as an adult. . Last week I had to travel for work, so I packed the book, and since I spent a lot of time sitting around airports, I managed to finish it. Those characteristics also define The Ocean at the End of the Lane, the third part of this trilogy of childhood memories. The story is a dark fantasy about a man reminiscing about his mysterious past, which is bound to have many themes that shed light on the human condition and the unknowns of the world. The child I was would have seen him as wispy, grey, diminished. The book won numerous awards including the 2013 Locus Award and the 2013 Specsavers National Book Award for Book of the Year. The Ocean at the End of the Lane is one such novel that entertains this thought. The focus of The Ocean at the End of the Lane is on childhood, but thereâs just as much about adulthood lurking between the lines, in the novelâs negative space. In The Ocean at the End of the Lane, by Neil Gaiman, the middle-aged narrator returns to his hometown to attend a funeral. The narrator of The Ocean at the End of the Lane is an adult, now placed outside the fierce world of the drama of the book. The Ocean at the End of the Lane, published by William Morrow, is renowned writer Neil Gaimanâs first adult novel since 2005âone many fans and â¦ While there he goes to his childhood home. . Despite its short length, itâs an extraordinary book and features the best, most lyrical, writing of Gaimanâs career. The Ocean at the End of the Lane is a phenomenal book that focuses on the imagination and the creativity of children â especially when faced with difficult situations. Cat Symbolism As Kirsten brought up, cats appear to be a recurring symbol in the book. The visit back to the place where he and his sister had grown up brings back memories of a girl named Lettie Hempstock. The quote I opened with, about there not being any real adults, of course only makes sense if you define adulthood in very narrow terms, but thatâs exactly the point. His sole hope lies at the end of the lane, where the powerful good-hearted Hempstocks live â 11-year-old Lettie, her mother and grandmother â on a farm that is a portal to other worlds.