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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.
I've heard great things about Gaiman from a number of friends and finally decided to try one of his novels. This story didn't disappoint.Published 4 months ago by Eva J.
When settlers came to America, over the ages they brought their gods with them in their minds. They brought Odin and Loki and Thor and Kali ... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Rashmi Pluscec
Ma fille acheté ce livre pour sa formation. Elle le trouve très intéressant!Published 8 months ago by Mathurin Boignan
This is the second Neil Gaiman book I've read (first was Ocean at the end of the lane) and I liked this book a lot, although not as much as Ocean at the end of the lane.Published 9 months ago by Brittany Jakubiec
Overall the book was well written with an original story and and unique takes on "old" characters. My major issues is the pace of the book. Read morePublished 11 months ago by RobCons
I can see why a lot of people like Neil Gaiman, and I can see why people think this is a good book. That said it left me feeling unhappy and emotionally exhausted and it just... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Scott Reine
Awesome book! Couldn't put it down most nights. Can't wait to read more books from the author, he is awesome.Published 14 months ago by Steven Heron