Published by Harper Perennial on Jun 19 2001
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Shadow is a few days for being released from prison when the warden calls him into his office and tells him that his wife, Laura, is dead. On his way home, to pick of the pieces of his life, he meet a strange old man who calls himself Mr Wednesday who offers him a job as his assistant.
When Shadow, somewhat reluctantly, takes the job he really as no idea that his in launching himself into a epic battle between the old gods (Odin, Thor, Anubis) and the new gods (Media, Internet, Television) for ‘the soul of America.’
This is sprawling epic of book, it stretches over months and across the United States to some of the more notable roadside attractions that are along the interstates. Including House on the Rock, a nearby (to me, anyhow) attraction that is a site to behold.
Along with the stories of gods, the sex and violence is the reflection on how the cultural landscape of America has changed in the years since people have been settling this country. All wrapped up in a fast-paced narrative and tied up with a fantasy bow.
Days before his release from prison, Shadow’s wife, Laura, dies in a mysterious car crash. Numbly, he makes his way back home. On the plane, he encounters the enigmatic Mr Wednesday, who claims to be a refugee from a distant war, a former god and the king of America.
Together they embark on a profoundly strange journey across the heart of the USA, whilst all around them a storm of preternatural and epic proportions threatens to break.
Scary, gripping and deeply unsettling, AMERICAN GODS takes a long, hard look into the soul of America. You’ll be surprised by what and who it finds there…