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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.
This is a truly magical experience in literary form, transforming many beloved folk tales and ancient legends into an amazing new perspective. Read morePublished 14 hours ago by Genevra Brown
I love Neil Gaiman.
Let me start by saying that. Granted, I knew him more from his comics work and I've enjoyed all of his comics work. Read more
I was never bored with this book. It was fun, light with a small sprinkling of insight. Recommended for adults with interest in mythology.Published 1 day ago by Iambic Haiku
I've read two books this year that made me say "Wow" when I finished them, both of which had me thinking about them long after I read them. Both were by Neil Gaiman. Read morePublished 1 day ago by CS Slaton
Not an easy read, not for everyone....once you get into it it's a great novelPublished 2 days ago by anomarel ogen
Gaiman is an amazing storyteller. He has you hooked from the first page. Highly recommended.Published 2 days ago by Taylor O'Brien