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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
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I'd recommend this book to anyone who can read the English language. I couldn't out this book down. Love love lovePublished 6 hours ago by Sourire.
I enjoyed it for it's creative flow and the plot twists. It certainly has its bizarre moments. It definitely adds to the overall story as reasons why specific things happen are... Read morePublished 1 day ago by Steven Byrd
This is my favorite book of all time. Neil Gaiman weaves mythology and the modern in such a way you could almost believe it's real. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Jessawa
This story is a dark, morbid view into the life and history of one man as he discovers the hidden world of American gods. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Sarahbf4
This is classic American Jazz but has nothing to do with music or the culture. Amazing writing.Published 4 days ago by Russell Turns
Another freaky story by Neil Gaiman. Love them. Can't wait for his next one.Published 4 days ago by Cindy Gullo
As the author himself points out this novel is not without its flaws. That said it is a great read. I am not a particular fan of fantasy or science fiction, but I read a lot. Read morePublished 6 days ago by phillyshrink
Neil Gaiman has written a story of our stories, the gods we used to worship and the ones we may worship in transition or permanently. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Pete B.