- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 10 hours and 8 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: HarperAudio
- Audible.com Release Date: September 19, 2005
- Language: English
- ASIN: B000BHHREO
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Sometimes I will go a long time without reading something like this, and I'll read several sub-par books in a row, and then I'll remember that there is magic in the book world and I run to it.
Sometimes you just don't know how much you need to read Neil Gaiman until you read Neil Gaiman. You probably need to, and this is an excellent choice.
The story starts of in England with Fat Charlie living with his mom who is soon to die of cancer. Charlie is about to marry Rosie but the marriage seems to lack passion. Then in comes Mr. Nancy. He is a bit over weight and a musician type, seemingly armed with a joke and an inexhaustible supply of charm. Fat Charley has always wanted to stay away from him as his jokes could be embarrassing. With his mother dying and his wedding coming up, Mr. Nancy shows up and charms everyone and then he leaves. When he looks for Mr. Nancy again he too has passed. Hanging out with Ms. Higgler who takes care of him like a second mother he finds out that his father was a god, the spider god. Anansi is a trickster god who plays all sorts of jokes that get the other gods angry. Charley also finds out he has a brother. Spider is his brother’s name.
Having spider show up throws life into turmoil. Spider interferes with Charlie’s love life. Creates complication at work and eventually gets charley arrested for a crime he did not commit. Impersonating Charlie, Mr. Spider seduces Rosie, informs Graham Coates that he has been caught stealing. More intrigue does follow. THE London police go to the Caribbean to solve a crime. Charlie in the process of finding out how to banish spider learns about how they are connected and ends up fighting his father’s foe’s
It is a great read. One that any Gaiman or mythology fan will enjoy
Anansi Boys, unlike its predecessor American Gods, does not do any of the aforementioned things that could be problematic for some readers. It had enough Gaiman to satisfy niche avid fans like me while also being universally appealing to the point where I can see it being adapted to a Disney film or Netflix series and gaining mainstream success. That being said, you shouldn't fret if you have an indie or cult attitude to your love of Neil Gaiman. I think its differences from other books like American Gods or The Ocean at the End of the Lane are in no way disappointing, but rather demonstrate how multi talented an author he is. Anansi Boys proves he can enjoy himself immensely, not taking himself so seriously, and above all it proves he is funny as hell.
This book had me laughing from the start to the finish, because the main character Fat Charlie is hilariously relateable, and the plot was so full of ridiculous and silly situations. All of the characters are charming and loveable, even the villainous ones, and the transformations they undergo and relationships they develop are beautifully executed. It gets progress points for centering almost entirely around characters of color whose race and culture are explored and acknowledged in a way that is celebratory without being alienating.
I gave it four stars for being lovely and enjoyable and perfectly crafted with the right dash of Gaiman-esque darkness. It didn't change my life or blow my mind like some of his other works did but I certainly had fun reading it and would recommend it to anyone, including people who I don't think would like his other books. I would absolutely love to see a film adaption of it because of its farce elements and action-driven plot. And the two characters at its center are one of my favorite platonic/family pairings I've ever read about. All that for a couple dollars was so worth it.
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