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Shadow gets out of prison early when his wife is killed in a car crash. At a loss, he takes up with a mysterious character called Wednesday, who is much more than he appears. In fact, Wednesday is an old god, once known as Odin the All-father, who is roaming America rounding up his forgotten fellows in preparation for an epic battle against the upstart deities of the Internet, credit cards, television, and all that is wired. Shadow agrees to help Wednesday, and they whirl through a psycho-spiritual storm that becomes all too real in its manifestations. For instance, Shadow's dead wife Laura keeps showing up, and not just as a ghost--the difficulty of their continuing relationship is by turns grim and darkly funny, just like the rest of the book.
Armed only with some coin tricks and a sense of purpose, Shadow travels through, around, and underneath the visible surface of things, digging up all the powerful myths Americans brought with them in their journeys to this land as well as the ones that were already here. Shadow's road story is the heart of the novel, and it's here that Gaiman offers up the details that make this such a cinematic book--the distinctly American foods and diversions, the bizarre roadside attractions, the decrepit gods reduced to shell games and prostitution. "This is a bad land for Gods," says Shadow.
More than a tourist in America, but not a native, Neil Gaiman offers an outside-in and inside-out perspective on the soul and spirituality of the country--our obsessions with money and power, our jumbled religious heritage and its societal outcomes, and the millennial decisions we face about what's real and what's not. --Therese Littleton --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Loved the book. It took me on a journey that can only have been created by Neil Gaimen. A new look on the world's around us.Published 21 hours ago by gillian
This book had been recommended by a friend, so I had high hopes for it. It was not a bad book, but it was not great either. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Michael
Gaiman has built a world on top of (or underneath?) our world, as he is wont to do. He takes mythology, brings it into the modern world, and lets the consequences of that build. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Stephen Ray
Neil Gaiman never ceases to amaze; a well told tale!
(Can't see how they'll make a movie out of it)
For me, Neil Gaiman is a very hit or miss author. When he hits it, it's out of the park. It's a book so good you can't resist telling other people about the book and such an... Read morePublished 6 days ago by CC Thomas