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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.
The characters are very interesting and well defined, as they are in all Gaiman writings.
The plot lines that interested me the most came up the least, and I never felt like I really cared too much about the main character... or really anyone in the book.
I felt very much like the cat through the entire book, like I just couldn't get what was really going on.
good reading, with some slow parts but definitely it hooks you.Published 1 day ago by Renzo González
The best fiction I have read this year. I am a missionary and have lived on three continents. I deal with Gods all the time. Read morePublished 3 days ago by mike
I don't remember a lot about the story...it's been too long. I only remember that Gaiman writes well. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Christine Davey
For February, I read AMERICAN GODS with my lovelies from On the Same Page! Alyssa is a huuuge Neil Gaiman fan and thanks to her suggestions I've read a couple of his books and... Read morePublished 4 days ago by Brittany (The Book Addict's Guide)
Shadow is very relatable. Going around,checking things out, not asking too many questions about things that don't concern him. Read morePublished 4 days ago by porter
Recommended by friends - really enjoyed it. Definitely not your run-of-the-mill novel.Published 5 days ago by SDVA
It really is an amazing book! The 500+ pages are an easy, awesome read. Great story by an even greater author!Published 5 days ago by Mr. One-Two