Study Guide

The Ocean at the End of the Lane What's Up With the Title?

By Neil Gaiman

What's Up With the Title?

The title choice is just beautiful for this book, especially if you look at it on two different levels. Superficially, it's a great name because the "ocean" at the end of the lane refers to Lettie's pond, which plays a large role in our story. Simple, right?

But then if you want to go a bit deeper, the title works because it suggests something extraordinary (a magical ocean that contains a vast wealth of knowledge) just sitting at the end of something pretty mundane (the lane). Its comparable to saying something like the skyscraper in the hall closet—the juxtaposition is a nod to the effects of magical realism that Gaiman uses throughout his story. Pretty sweet.