Anansi Boys Hardcover – 20 Sep 2005
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A warm, funny, immensely entertaining story... Anansi Boys combines the anarchy of Douglas Adams with a Wodehousian generosity of spirit (Susanna Clarke)
'Whizzing, twirling, erupting into dazzling cartwheels, firing off showers of multi-colored sparks, chortling to itself and muttering killer-diller one-liners, ANANSI BOYS draws the reader, ever more wide-eyed and amazed, into a world both feather-light and chockablock with mortal danger. Only Neil Gaiman could have brought this fraught enchantment into being, and the ongoing, ultimately revelatory travails of Fat Charlie Nancy display Gaiman's remarkable imaginative powers at full stretch. This book is going to sail off the shelves' Peter Straub (Peter Straub)
'As imaginative fiction goes it has become clear that Gaiman has long since left any box. His credentials as a bankable novelist have grown with each title...from his epic of warring divinities, AMERICAN GODS, to ANANSI BOYS, which debuted at number 1 on the New York Times bestseller list.' (Time, Australia)
'A warm, funny, immensely entertaining story about the impossibility of putting up with your relations - especially if they happen to be Gods. Anansi Boys combines the anarchy of Douglas Adams with a Wodehousian generosity of spirit. Guaranteed to make all but the most committed arachnophobe feel gratefully towards spiders' Susanna Clarke (Susanna Clarke)
'Mixing farce and fantasy, epic mythology and domestic drama, Gaiman's novel is a clever piece of storytelling and a celebration of the magic of make-believe.' ( Independent on Sunday )
'Neil Gaiman is one of the few genuinely intelligent writers of what is generally described as 'post-modern' fiction - his work is thoughtful, wise, spiritually challenging and incredibly funny...From Gaiman, it's a treasure, every word. I can't imagine a better way to start a holiday' Manda Scott, Church of England Newspaper, 22 July 2005 (Manda Scott, Church of England Newspaper)
'Brilliant mingling of the mundane and the fantastic' Publishers Weekly, 18/7/05 (Publishers Weekly)
'Gaiman juggles several intersecting narratives expertly...blithely echoing numerous creation myths and folklore motifs, Terry Southern's antic farces, Evelyn Waugh's comic contes cruel, and even - here and there - Muriel Spark's whimsical supernaturalism...enormously entertaining throughout' Kirkus Reviews, 15 July 2005 (Kirkus Reviews)
'The author...gives us powerful deities - Anansi is as charming and dangerous as he ought to be... A thoughtful, atmospheric novel' (The Times)
'A book it's impossible not to love' (Starburst)
The eagerly anticipated new novel from the highly acclaimed and award-winning author of Neverwhere, Smoke and Mirrors, American Gods and Stardust. Including exclusive extra material.See all Product description
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Gaiman has such humour, so evocative of Terry Pratchett, yet also never fails to endear us to his characters. In this one, the wise, yet mercurial Afro-Caribbean ladies who are the neighbours of his father who has (allegedly) passed away, are real gems.
I love the different setting of this story, the twists, the new ground explored. There is something unexpected and ancient about African origin stories. So yes, a good read if you want something different.
I loved the premise of the book, discovering your wastrel of a father is a God and you have a brother you don’t remember who’s also a God. I thought this was original.
I loved reading about Charlie’s life when Spider invades it. There are some really funny moments when Spider swans in and just takes over, seducing Charlie’s fiancée, pretending to be Charlie at work and uncovering some dodgy going’s on and generally just getting in the way.
Charlie finds Spider threatening and wants him to go away. However, it’s at this point when things really get out of control. I really enjoyed the unexpected twists and turns. The book starts to get quite dark which I wasn’t expecting at all.
This book follows "Fat Charlie" a man so less than ordinary people barely notice him, but when he has to travel back to America for the funeral of his absentee father he discovers his father may not be what he seemed and that there may be more to Charlie than meets the eye.
If you don't have time to read the book I recommend buying the Audiobook from Audible read by Lenny Henry who really brings the story and the characters to life.
I really enjoyed the character profiles; the author did a great job building the roles and relationships and I really felt that I knew something of each of them quite quickly, which made me care what happened to them. Nobody was there just as a vehicle for keeping the main characters and the story moving - everyone contributed, even the minor characters and they are all likeable (in their own way).
Minor gripes (and it's probably just me) would be the slightly cliched metaphysical background settings in the alternative dimension and I would have liked a bit more on the seeming mortality of the godly characters. But those things aside, it's a great story well told and I loved it.
A funny, tragic, beautiful modern fairy tale about a man who finds out his family isn't who he thought they were - and learns about himself in the process.
Loved the descriptions of the things Charlie saw and how all the stories weaved into one.
A perfect bit of Neil Gaiman.
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