Another wonderful tale by Neil Gaiman. The 7 year old protagonist has his world turned upside down and inside out, when malignant forces seep/invade his world. At the end of the Lane is the Hempstock farmhouse live the 3 crones who protect the world and keep problematic forces where they belong.
I found it delightful how central books were to the protagonists life, the part about jumping into trees or onto poles, reminded me of myself, I thought jumping into a tree would be quite feasible, though I’d never seen a real person do so. I wonder at Gaiman’s connection to his parents during childhood, given that so many of Gaiman’s tales feature disconnected parents. Especially since the dedication to his new wife Amanda Palmer, something to the effect – so you can understand … hmmm.
At the end of the novel, I had to return to the beginning chapter in an attempt to fill in a couple blanks. Was it his Father’s funeral?