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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 book was incredibly hard to follow and boring for the first half of the book. About 70% into it I finally quit reading it.Published 23 hours ago by G. And S. Dare
Unbelievable read. Amazing mix of fantasy and reality. Fabulous characters.Published 1 day ago by tam
One of my favorite books of all time - I just pick it up from time to time and read it again. Have gone through a few paperback copies over the years, and recently made the... Read morePublished 3 days ago by Robert M
Witty, full of humor and intelligence...never disengages from it's humanity.Published 3 days ago by Amazon Customer
This book was a good read. I enjoyed the story and the characters. The mini stories between chapters distracted the story some, but not too bad. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Josh
It's a good ride, with colorful characters and a plot that meanders to the end with many side trips. Fun!Published 4 days ago by Donald M. Schwartz