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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.
This was a very well written story.
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.
Reading a book a second time like this really makes one reflect on where one has been, where they are, and where they are going.
Boring, slow paced, predictable. I like Gaiman but this didn't work for me.Published 3 hours ago by Sam
Like Tocqueville before, Gaiman comes to America and describes us better than we can ourselves. Utterly profane, profoundly moving and with astonishing depth, Gaiman's allegory is... Read morePublished 1 day ago by Todd Warnke
This is not the type of book I normally read. I am not sure what type it is. I think the author started his own genre. It was a very good book. I could not stop reading. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Patrick T. Ryan
Good... but not as great as I was hoping for. I definitely enjoyed Neverwhere and The Graveyard Book more.Published 3 days ago by Greg 452
There are bits that are strong and bits that are weak. The tone and setting is really quite excellent and on my first reading, I would have said this was a solid four star book. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Zane T. Rocknebaugh