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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.
Great book! excellent characters and an alluring sense of mystery throughout. A very interesting take on the divine. I was hooked within the first several pages.Published 2 hours ago by Bobby Meredith
I like the story, the story telling and the nonchalant manner in which it comes out. Very reminiscent of Tom Robbins, pretty sure there's an homage or two, as well.Published 21 hours ago by Shawn Smith
This is a very weird book. I had a little bit of a hard time following the story.Published 1 day ago by Peggy King
I'm debating over this book. 3.5? Sure, let's go with that.
American Gods was fascinating in a way that makes you want to walk away from it for a few months, years,... Read more
so boring. I loved the sample on kindle and got hooked, then could not even get halfway through this book.Published 1 day ago by Stephanie Elaine H
Interesting idea, but it feels like he's trying too hard to create a mythology by cobbling together scraps randomlyPublished 2 days ago by Shane O'Sullivan
I began reading this over a year ago and stopped because I thought it was boring. Then I saw it on a kindle sale and decided to try again. Read morePublished 2 days ago by T. Teetson