American Gods by Neil Gaiman is an award wining fictional book. The book blends fantasy, Americana and mythology to create a unique story from the brilliant mind of one of today’s top writers.
- 624 pages
- Publisher: Harper (April 30, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0380789035
American Gods by Neil Gaiman (Website | Facebook | Twitter) is fascinating, titillating, smart and funny. This is not a light read on vacation because the book asks you to suspend reality and be immersed in it. Mr. Gaiman makes many cultural references, societal commentary (not always good) and loads of mythological elements weaved into this fascinating story.
The book’s main character takes us through a journey which weaves a tale of how the old gods (Odin, Thor, Anubis, elves, leprechauns, etc.), who were brought over to the US by immigrants, are dying because people stopped believing in them to favor the new gods (media, celebrities, technology, money and more). The scenery takes place mostly on the back roads of the United States where the protagonist meets gritty folks who, despite the storyline, are believable and real.
The plot is inventive to say the least and the book resonated with me on many levels, the American journey, a quest, personal identity, religion (or lack there of) and more. Even though the book was published in 2001, I think that it’s story and messages are especially powerful after the financial meltdown of 2008.
I don’t want to give too much away as this is a wonderful book, but the storyline gets much more complex, interesting and fascinating.
The book follows “Shadow” upon his release from jail due to the death of his wife in a car accident. Shadow gets a job as bodyguard for a mysterious man named Wednesday. As they travel across the US visiting Wednesday’s friends it is slowly reveled that Wednesday is an incarnation of Odin who is recruiting the old gods for an epic battle against the new gods in order to regain their power and status.
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Disclaimer: I bought this book.
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