Review: American Gods
Shadow is released from prison early because his wife was killed in a car accident. Grieving and feeling at a loss, Shadow goes to work for a man named Wednesday who is isn’t exactly what he appears to be. Wednesday sends Shadow on a journey to discover some of the Gods immigrants brought to America from other countries - Gods that have assumed other identities since they’ve been in America.
American Gods, by Neil Gaiman, was originally published in 2001 and has been so popular that a Tenth Anniversary Edition has recently been released. I was excited to get a copy of this classic book because so many people I know have loved it.
I guess my mind just doesn’t grasp fantasy well because, while I enjoyed the journey with Shadow (and thought he was a fabulous character) I really didn’t understand a lot of the symbolism and nuances of the story. That’s not to say I didn’t enjoy the book, because I did – I just feel like there was so much in this book that was beyond my grasp. I have a feeling that most people will enjoy this book even more than I did.
I listened to the audio version of American Gods and I must say the audio production is second to none. It’s read by an ensemble cast and they did a superb job. It was so easy to tell characters apart and I got lost in the story. I wasn’t sure what I would think of a book read by a cast, but I loved it and think it was the perfect way to narrate this book.