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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.
Loved this novel. I was hooked almost immediately and didn't put it down until it was done! Worth the read.Published 10 hours ago by giraffe_babe9
This is a great book, a true classic and so fun. if this is your first time with Neil Gaiman this is it! ive bought this book many times to.reread and to give away. excellent read.Published 10 hours ago by Mrs. G
The book itself is well-written and very well proof-read. There was lots of interesting side information on the gods of various cultures. The plot was constructed well. Read morePublished 13 hours ago by Dennis Stevenson
Very interesting topic. I had not thought about the many ways people brought ideas to the USA. I liked the inter action with Jesus. Ie how people change gods identity!Published 1 day ago by Forrest Cline
I will read everything by Neil Gaiman after this book. I love it and can't recommend it highly enough if you like good writing and books that make you think and laugh and sad at... Read morePublished 1 day ago by S. G. Zell
The book develops multiple story lines simultaneously. The characters are easy to relate to and display true qualities of the populace of the US.Published 1 day ago by Carlos De Castro Pretelt
What happened? the author has the chance to travel America. He chooses a character that doesn't feel any shame for what he did, just kept quiet in prison to get out and then has... Read morePublished 2 days ago by Rural Gal
This was a very well written story. Although I didn't like it as much as I thought I would, it was interesting to see the concept unfold. I'd recommend this book.Published 4 days ago by Robin
This book is quite good. If you are a jazz buff and liked Art Pepper - well, Gaiman is sort of the Art Pepper of fantasy writing. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Sharp Pennie