Monday, July 1, 2013
The Ocean At the End of the Lane
Gaiman's novel tugs at the edges of your primordial memory.
There are certain times in my life when the slightest scent on the breeze or the way the light falls through the trees to caress my skin can spark a flash of memory so powerful it disorients me. It happened once when I looked up at a street light and saw snowflakes falling from the night sky. Silently, without warning I was overwhelmed by memories of emotions from childhood.
I have often wondered exactly what it is that is trying to surface from the deep recesses of my mind at such times. Something intervenes between childhood and adulthood and blurs the boundaries between reality and imagination, facts and memories. Why does this happen? Is it part of being human? Is it for our own good or survival? Is there a way to reconnect with those moments?
Gaiman's novel masterfully portrays one man's encounter with this phenomenon.
I just finished the novel and I can tell it will hang with me for many days to come. It will be a book I return to!