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Such an absolutely delightful tale this was. I fell in love with American Gods long after most of the book world had been telling me for years ‘YOU HAVE TO READ THIS BOOK. ‘ And they were right, of course. I should listen more. When I found out Anansi Boys was along a similar vein, I was so excited! Because for me, it’s very difficult to find books that are exactly like this, with characters so flawed and complex, who screw up a lot, but are also brave and find themselves through the course of a magical fairy tale. That is exactly my very favorite kind of book, and I never knew it was until I discovered this author. This one is much less dense than American Gods, but not in a bad way. Less characters and intertwining plots, but I found that to be an advantage, as I very much liked who lived among these pages. I think that’s really the core of what I like so much; so much life is given to everyone and everything. An entire world is unwrapped for you to explore, some of it dark and violent (he always has that) but also beautiful and always highlighting the resilience of the human spirit. And that is such a nice thing to celebrate. Sometimes I will go a long time without reading something like this, and I’ll read several sub-par books in a row, and then I’ll remember that there is magic in the book world and I run to it. Sometimes you just don’t know how much you need to read Neil Gaiman until you read Neil Gaiman. You probably need to, and this is an excellent choice. Check it out!
From Publishers Weekly Fat Charlie Nancy’s normal life is turned upside down when his father dies and a brother he never knew he had shows up at his doorstep. When that brother, Spider, starts to wear out his welcome, Fat Charlie learns that his father was not a man but the trickster god, Anansi, and both he and Spider have inherited some of Dad’s godliness. This leads Fat Charlie to explore his own godly heritage in order to be rid of Spider. Listeners of Coraline can attest that Gaiman is a fine reader, so any narrators who read his novels have a lot to live up to. Lenny Henry, however, is absolutely the perfect choice to read Anansi Boys—he not only has Gaiman’s cadences and style down pat, but he also ranges his accent from British to Caribbean with ease and provides distinct and memorable voices for all of the characters. An absolutely top-notch performance, one that makes a terrific book even better. Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. –This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Anansi Boys Mass Market Paperback – September 26, 2006 by Neil Gaiman (Author) Review
The Anansi Boys is like a modern day trip in and out of Never Land. Just when you believe you know where you’re going the story changes shape. Give it a shot . -Read Reviews-
This was my third Gaiman book. I confess, his allure and rabid fan base was lost on me. I wasn’t moved by American Gods and Stardust for me was somewhat meh. Anansi Boys did a lot to alleviate those feelings. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and was constantly reaching for it. Gaiman is an powerful storyteller. He weaves adult fairy tales which is something I didn’t think would interest me. Enter Fat Charlie and Spider and Rosie and Graham Coats and Minerva and Mrs Higgens and Bustumonte and the list goes on. A fascinating book with characters that came alive for me and rooted in African mythology. There was also some hidden depth in the story revolving around the notion that people can change and grow and become more than what others expect. Plot was somewhat cliched and predictable but so what. This was well imagined and well told. I loved it!!
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