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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 cover to cover reading. The story was unique and contemporary. Loved the characters!!! Is there a sequel in the works!!!Published 12 hours ago by David
This is a great read, unique and surprising. It felt like the side-notes and back stories involving the various cultural histories and mythologies were either incredibly well... Read morePublished 15 hours ago by John Tardif
Gaian is a master. This is a work of art. I am incredibly sad it's over and will read it again soon.Published 1 day ago by Meg Stone
If you are not a Neil Gaiman fan yet you will be after reading this book. Lush scenery, rich characters and a story that gets you hooked right away. Read morePublished 1 day ago by A.D.C.
Seriously. Read it before they ruin it in a movie or a tv show.
It's a beautiful and exciting story that will take you all over the american landscape and history. Read more
Filled with wonderful characters and twists, "American Gods" was a major page turner in my house. Read morePublished 3 days ago by E. Graham
This is a fav & up there with Clive Barker's Weaveworld... Absolute classics both & recommended to wile away the hours in resolute fantasy!!!Published 3 days ago by D. Edward Barnett
Not much of a story. Enormous verbiage for little content. Don't bother to spend the effort and time. Too much effort, too little good stuff.Published 4 days ago by Edgy39
Neil Gaiman is one of the best writers ever. If you have not read his other works you should. If you have not read this book, you should.Published 5 days ago by Ron Hutchins