Words and Pictures: The Ocean at the End of the Lane

378px-Redon.cyclops“Why do you think she’s scared of anything? She’s a grown-up, isn’t she? Grown-ups and monsters aren’t scared of things.”

“Oh, monsters are scared,” said Lettie. “That’s why they’re monsters. And as for grown-ups…” She stopped talking, rubbed her freckled nose with a finger. Then, “I’m going to tell you something important. Grown-ups don’t look like grown-ups on the inside either. Outside, they’re big and thoughtless and they always know what they’re doing. Inside, they look just like they always have. Like they did when they were your age. The truth is, there aren’t any grown-ups. Not one, in the whole wide world.” She thought for a moment. Then she smiled. “Except for Granny, of course.”

Neil Gaiman, The Ocean at the End of the Lane (2012)
Image: Cyclops by Odilon Redon (Wikimedia)


8 thoughts on “Words and Pictures: The Ocean at the End of the Lane

    1. I was hesitant to read a book labeled as “horror,” but I do like Gaiman’s way of handling it — he goes into the darkness in order to help us find the light.


  1. I agree that quote is great and makes me want to know more about the speaker.

    I also agree that the cover is fantastic. Oddly enough I been a bit interested in mythical Cyclopses lately and have even been looking at some art depicting them.


    1. Perhaps I should clarify that the image is not from the book cover, but one I picked up on the theme of “monsters.” I do think it goes along with the dreamlike mood of the book.


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