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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.
Complex, riveting novel of the ancient gods living in the modern world. This is the book to remind people that he is not just a children's author, nor a genre writer. Read morePublished 3 hours ago by Joe Da Rold
The author captures something of the heart of religion in America with this book. It is beautifully written and very engaging.Published 7 hours ago by RedStarReviews
My wife's favorite Gaimen book...but it just wasn't for me. I found the narrator terribly dull and the story intelligent but removed so I had a hard time maintaining interest. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Jamespain
I've been reading this for a couple of weeks, and I just finished.
I feel like I've lost a part of me now that it's over. Read more
American Gods was one hell of a labor of love. I've had the book sitting on my bookshelf ever since it was in talks with the big guns in Hollywood that someone might pick it up. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Mia N. Searles
America is a land of mythic proportions, most of which we make up ourselves. But sometimes a people are so close to a subject we can't see the proportions ourselves, we need... Read morePublished 2 days ago by Martin W. Ward
Good read; loved how the author intertwined religious figures with world-wide mythical figures, added a sprinkling of new gods, and brought them all into the 21st century with a... Read morePublished 2 days ago by Amazon Customer
4/5 stars for a book is high praise. I reserve 5s for my all-time favorites, so a 4, to me, means a great read.Published 2 days ago by Gavin Anderson
This book was not what I expected. Lots of surprises. Although I thought I had it all figured out...I didn't. A good book to read with a few other people...great discussions!Published 4 days ago by sweetjoey