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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.
Clearly not my taste. It was entertaining in a glacial way. It may be the slowest I have read a book in ages because you never really care what happens next.Published 17 hours ago by ChgoSaint
Neil Gaiman is an imaginative and plot genius. American Gods roped me in before I had the slightest clue what was going on, and with character development without equal,held me... Read morePublished 1 day ago by fairyteller
Quite a trip! At times strayed into the absurd (as opposed to the creative). For example, pulling in Johnny Appleseed was too much of a reach.Published 3 days ago by Richard E. Pearson
I was expecting a little more action and excitement. The first third lays a nice groundwork and the last third is great and really picks up but the middle is just kinda slowPublished 4 days ago by Josh Raab
This was my first experience with Neil Gaiman and it definitely makes me want to explore his work further. I found the premise to be very original and compelling. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Trey Hollen