Anansi Boys Paperback – 8 May 2006
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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.
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ANANSI BOYS deleted scene
Extracts from the Notebook in which Neil Gaiman wrote ANANSI BOYS
An Interview with Neil Gaiman about ANANSI BOYS
Reading-group Discussion Questions --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Gaiman's story is the funniest thing I've read since the last time I bought a Discworld novel a year or so ago; it is also the spookiest. How many times do we all wonder who our parents were before they were parents, and why they have to be so embarrassing once they are? And how many of us have had nightmares about someone else taking over our lives? And above all, how does Gaiman manage to slip in the supernatural (or rather, weird) occurences into normal life with such ease that they seem completely logical, totally normal and so simple that it seems anyone should be able to perform 'miracles'? I guess its just a question of style; and Gaiman has lots of it. He appears to toss this story off without any effort whatsoever, and thus it reads more easily than most fantasy and/or horror stories that seem a lot more forced and constructed. And you simply cannot call it a book: it is a story of the same sort as the original Anansi stories: a fairy-tale.
Fat Charlie's dad has always been weird -- brass bands for the terminally ill, nicknames that stick, and much more. But even away from his dad, Charlie isn't happy. Then he gets the news that his dad died during a karaoke song; when he goes to the funeral, an old neighbor tells him that Daddy was really Anansi the spider god. Even worse, Charlie finds out he has a brother.
Spider is everything Charlie isn't -- charming, debonair, witty, and magical. Soon he has not only taken over Fat Charlie's house, but his fiancee as well, distracting Fat Charlie from his boss's attempts to frame him. Determined to get rid of Spider, Fat Charlie enlists the Bird Woman's help -- but soon finds that his pact will only get them in deeper trouble with the ancient gods.
Trickerster gods -- Anansi, Loki, Kokopelli -- are always fun. And Gaiman makes the idea even more fun with "Anansi Boys." Sibling rivalry forms the backbone of the book, but it's also sprinkled with corporate intrigue, romance, and the old Anansi legends (which Gaiman inserts periodically). And of course -- lots and lots of humour.
With this lighter tone, Gaiman sounds a lot like his pal Terry Pratchett, right down to wry humor and comic timing. "There are three things, and three things only, that can lift the pain of mortality and ease the ravages of life. These things are wine, women and song." "Curry's nice too." Gaiman seems to be having a lot of fun in this book.
And nowhere is the fun more clear than in Spider and Fat Charlie.Read more ›
The book is a hybrid of reality, fantasy and comedy, and manages to combine the three extremely well. It is extremely well-written as per usual from Gaiman, and the characters are very well developed, although it suffers in parts from the odd clichéd character (the girlfriends mother, for example), but this doesn't detract from the overall enjoyment.
There are some dark moments in the book that are quite thought-provoking, but on the whole it is fairly easy reading. The storyline is original and, like American Gods, involves quite a few of God legends.
If you liked Gaiman's previous work, you'll love this. If you like fantasy books (Pratchett, Holt etc), you'll love this. In fact if you like reading, you should love this! This gets the full 5 stars, highly recommended.
Anansi himself is a brilliantly memorable creation - a dapper, fedora-wearing, wisecracking, Cab Calloway lookalike with a perpetual eye for the ladies (even after death) and a soft-shoe shuffle "that was popular for about half an hour in Harlem in the 1920's," and, in consequence, a constant source of toe-curling mortification to his estranged son Fat Charlie. When the story opens, Fat Charlie is living mundanely in South London, with a lukewarm fiancée, a mother-in-law-to-be from Hell, and a job working for a man who resembles the psychotic twin of Reggie Perrin's boss. He's one of life's mysteriously selected fall guys - his father plays humiliating jokes on him as a kid, promotion passes him over; coffee gets spilt on his lap, his embarrassing nickname survives weight loss and a 3000-mile move across the Atlantic, a wrongful arrest causes neighbours to assume that he must be a Yardie. Things, however, are about to get worse ... far, far worse.
Told with the authorial voice of a generous, stand-up raconteur (Gaiman credits Lenny Henry in the acknowledgements) this is entertainment of a high quality. As with "American Gods", there's a certain amount of magic.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The plot itself is interesting and unique on the basic idea.
The only thing bugging me is that from about 25% I knew what would happen in the end. Read more
A good follow-up to American gods. The tiger bit was a bit twee.Published 2 months ago by Mr Min Aung
This demonstrates why Neil Gaiman is the strongest contender to take on the mantle of the late great Sir Terry Pratchett: incredibly inventive, darkly satirical and wonderfully... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Schmikey
A continuation of Anansi's stories - first introduced in 'American Gods'Published 3 months ago by D. SCHOLES
This was a lovely book I enjoyed it very much and read it in about a week and a half as I was working and had to keep stopping to go to work.Published 6 months ago by corinna bell
Another marvel by Neil Gaiman, I always feel sad at the end of his books that I can no longer lose myself in one of his imaginative worlds.Published 6 months ago by Olivia Power
Came with a different older bit worn cover. But the novel itself is just amazing. Go read it! :)Published 7 months ago by Maka
The kind of book you can't put down.. You want to get to the end to see what happens, but don't want it to end. It's superb...Published 8 months ago by digi-mech