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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.
So far this book in interesting but it goes off on all these different stories and can get quite confusing. May need to read it again.Published 2 hours ago by lisa Rodriguez
Strange and definitely not a page turner...boring as boring can be!Published 17 hours ago by inthewoods
Great novel and one of the best i've read ina long time. It is full of characters that will stay with you long after you finish the book. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Emilio J. Gonzalez
I though Neil Gaiman's undecided edition would hurt... but it was really really excellent. It was longer, and quite satisfying, yeaPublished 2 days ago by Amazon Customer
An interesting book. Not at all what I expected. Very original concept.Published 3 days ago by SharhkMeister