American gods

American gods

eBook - 2012 | Spanish
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Just released from prison, Shadow encounters Mr. Wednesday, an enigmatic stranger who seems to know a lot about him, and when Mr. Wednesday offers him a job as his bodyguard, Shadow accepts and is plunged into a dark and perilous world.
Saliendo de prisión, Sombra se encuentra con el enigmático señor Miércoles, que dice ser un refugiado de una guerra antigua, un dios y también el rey de América. Juntos se embarcan en un viaje extraño a través de los Estados Unidos, mientras una tormenta de dimensiones épicas amenaza con desencadenarse.
Publisher: Barcelona : Roca Editorial de Libros, 2012
Edition: 1a. edition especial
ISBN: 9788499185415
Characteristics: 1 online resource


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Jan 20, 2019

This is one of the VERY few re-reads of my life. The first time I read American Gods, I was trying to impress a boy, who had recommended it to me. I was a fan of Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere and Stardust, but that was about it. This story has a different, more vague and encompassing feel. At the time, I liked it but I don't recall much other than this impression of roadside attraction oddities.

This time around, whether from my expanded wisdom with age or freedom to experience it without answering to anyone, I enjoyed it. I enjoy the multiple story-within-a-story (not just the Coming to America blurbs, which are fascinating and fun- I love being reminded that our view of history is always narrow-minded and exclusive- but the glimpses we get into the ongoing narrative of side characters' lives). And, of course, Shadow is fantastic. The reader, and the character, don't know if he's going by gut instinct, having sheer luck, or tapping into some deeper wisdom. Certainly, not all of his decisions are good. But he makes enough moral ones, or ones whose heart is rooted in compassion and fairness and intelligence, that he's a sympathetic character.

The level of folklore and mythology research Gaiman did before writing this must've been profound. It seems like a lot of cultures are represented (certainly more than I'm familiar with), although my own Greek pantheon is noticeably missing. I had no idea Anansi Boys is something like a sequel, so now I have to read that.

This book is a genre blender, so if you're in the mood for something bizarre but entertaining and filled with sly wisdom, I definitely recommend it.


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