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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.
Bored me to death.. couldnt finish it. Going to read some Elmore Leonard or something else.Published 12 hours ago by Grendel1969
One of my all time favorite books. A modern masterpiece of mythology that weaves a psychological examination of human beings and the deities they worship with the very best of... Read morePublished 1 day ago by Jer
This is a well written and intriguing book. One reviewer called it a modern masterpiece and I had much the same thought-this is a novel that will stand over time. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Teo46
This book takes you on several journeys at the same time. You are held in suspense by the author and rewarded for your waiting!Published 2 days ago by Charles M. Claessens
Neil Gaiman has the knack for striking the perfect balance between reality and fantasy, making one just as normal as the other and at the same time, making both glorious and... Read morePublished 2 days ago by E. Degroot
American Gods has become an instant classic for me. I've never read something quite so imaginative yet understated. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Daniel Flowerz
I think his best book, good plot, fascinating characters, great twists.Published 3 days ago by Robert C. Andrews
This was a wonderfully written, entertaining novel. I've already gone ahead and bought 3 more books from him because I enjoyed his style.Published 3 days ago by Cook
This is my third time reading American Gods and I'm sure I love it more each time I read it. Such attention to detail, and the nonchalant combination of fantastic and real that... Read morePublished 3 days ago by Amazon Customer