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American Gods MP3 CD – Audiobook, MP3 Audio, Unabridged
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About the Author
Neil Gaiman is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than twenty books for readers of all ages, and the recipient of numerous literary awards, including the Shirley Jackson Award and the Locus Award for Best Novelette for his story "The Truth Is a Cave in the Black Mountains." Originally from England, he now lives in America.
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Not that Neil Gaiman would do that of course...though some of his American Gods might. Scratch that. Some would make a point of it. And then find a way to make it national news.
American Gods is the story of a war told from the point of view of a soldier who doesn't even know he's a soldier until months after he's been conscripted. It offers a new perspective on what Gaiman sees as the constant struggle in America between the old and the new. And because Gaiman is not American, he's better able than most of us Americans to distinguish between what is truly Old, and just how far flung in time it began compared to what is now New. There's a historicity to this book that few modern fantasy novels achieve, a tone of truth even in the telling of what must be a myth. Every American is the ancestor of someone who came here from somewhere else; we are all the children of immigrants. And our forebears had gods. And those gods came with them. A few survived.
This book is about those gods. The reason it works so well is not because those gods are full of thunder, and wisdom, and divine power (though they are all those things); it's because like the gods told by Homer and Virgil, Gaiman's American Gods are full of violence and greed, lust and guile, humor and tenderness, hope and love, in short: humanity. And because they are so full of humanity, because they are humanity, the story of a human wandering in the world of gods and women and men and beasts cannot help but give us pause to reflect upon our own humanity, our own gods, and the meanings of words like "sacrifice" and "loyalty," and even "faith."
A good book tells a story that changes how we feel. A great book tells a story that changes how we are. American Gods is a great book.