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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.
I enjoyed delving into the magic of the world created in this book and relating it to the world in which we live...Published 1 hour ago by Brett A McElhaney
I usually like his style of writing but this story was a little bizarre for my taste. It had a good premise but better editing would have made this a better read.Published 3 days ago by Patty
I thought it was a bit long past the half way point bu there is no denying how good of an author Gaiman is. The story was a delight in itself and his writing of it was perfectPublished 3 days ago by kay collins-schulz
I picked it up because it is my best friend's favorite author. The beginning was a little difficult to understand and I was kinda lost through the first section. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Allutia Miller
I don't think I've ever read a story like this, very interesting. I like the writers style and there were virtually no editing errors, which, in ebooks, seems to be the... Read morePublished 5 days ago by Katherine Woodcock
People can be tricky but gods are even trickier and some are the personifications of trickery and deceit. Never trust a man called Low Key.Published 9 days ago by Sandy
I got this book because of the sandman series, and I certainly wasn't disappointed. Gaiman has a certain way with gods and heroes that makes you never want to stop reading.Published 9 days ago by PyrettaBlaze
While normally not intimidated by a novel's size, this one gave me great problems. I had to read Anansi Boys twice before I really understood it, but American Gods took me four... Read morePublished 9 days ago by gaimanite.pkat
The concepts were new for me and the story flowed but it failed to really grab me. Very imaginative in its scope and I was entertained so it served its purpose.Published 10 days ago by Brian Austin