Anansi Boys (Hardcover)
|Author: Neil Gaiman|
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|Charlies dad wasn't just any dad. He was Anansi, a trickster god, the spirit of rebellion able to overturn the social order, create wealth out of thin air, and baffle the devil. When he dies on a karaoke stage, things get very interesting for Charlie.|
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One of fiction's most audaciously original talents, Neil Gaiman now gives us a mythology for a modern age -- complete with dark prophecy, family dysfunction, mystical deceptions, and killer birds. Not to mention a lime.
When Fat Charlie's dad named something, it stuck. Like calling Fat Charlie "Fat Charlie." Even now, twenty years later, Charlie Nancy can't shake that name, one of the many embarrassing "gifts" his father bestowed -- before he dropped dead on a karaoke stage and ruined Fat Charlie's life.
Mr. Nancy left Fat Charlie things. Things like the tall, good-looking stranger who appears on Charlie's doorstep, who appears to be the brother he never knew. A brother as different from Charlie as night is from day, a brother who's going to show Charlie how to lighten up and have a little fun ... just like Dear Old Dad. And all of a sudden, life starts getting very interesting for Fat Charlie.
Because, you see, Charlie's dad wasn't just any dad. He was Anansi, a trickster god, the spider-god. Anansi is the spirit of rebellion, able to overturn the social order, create wealth out of thin air, and baffle the devil. Some said he could cheat even Death himself.
Returning to the territory he so brilliantly explored in his masterful New York Times bestseller, American Gods, the incomparable Neil Gaiman offers up a work of dazzling ingenuity, a kaleidoscopic journey deep into myth that is at once startling, terrifying, exhilarating, and fiercely funny -- a true wonder of a novel that confirms Stephen King's glowing assessment of the author as "a treasure-house of story, and we are lucky to have him."
Cult-favorite fantasist Neil Gaiman's unique blend of myth and popular culture runs gloriously amok once again in this novel, set in the same milieu as AMERICAN GODS. Just as AMERICAN GODS followed the adventures of Shadow, the son of the American incarnation of the god Wotan/Odin, ANANSI BOYS focuses on Fat Charlie, the son of Mr. Nancy, the American incarnation of the West African trickster god Anansi the Spider. When Mr. Nancy unexpectedly dies on a Florida karaoke stage, Charlie must confront his difficult and often humiliating heritage in two ways, via not only the cheerful but dangerous anarchy of his hitherto unknown brother, who sets about seriously messing up Charlie's life, but also the malice of Tiger, Anansi's immortal foe.
"[M]anages to be both really scary and really funny at the same time." 09/26/2005 Kirkus Reviews
"[E]bullient....Gaiman juggles several intersecting narratives expertly....Everything comes together smashingly....[E]normously entertaining throughout." (starred review) 07/15/2005 Publishers Weekly
"[A] brilliant mingling of the mundane and the fantastic....[G]leeful, hurtling prose." (starred review) 07/18/2005