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 best seller 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."
©2005 Neil Gaiman; (P)2005 HarperCollins Publishers
" "Excellent." (Stephen King)
"It's Gaiman's focus on Charlie and Charlie's attempts to return to normalcy that make the story so winning...along with gleeful, hurtling prose." (Publishers Weekly)
It's the ultimate trickster myth written in a fast-paced, pager turner. You come to like the loathesome character(s). This is like a well-written Stephen King novel, just a lot better. An incredible listen, well acted, well read.
After completing this book, it left me wishing there was more. The characters are so richly drawn and the narration brings them larger than life. This book was enjoyable and will stay with me. Unlike other reviewers, I'm new to this author and can't wait to try another of his books. I will tell everyone I know about this book.
The first hour or two of this story is a bit slow, but necessary for character development. As I neared the last 3 hours or so, I found myself listening to it during just little 10 minute drives to the grocery. I originally only listened during my hour-long commute each day but I just couldn't wait sometimes!
Anansi Boys was fabulous! Neil Gaiman is a masterful storyteller with imagination and understanding of the supernatural world usually reserved for the oral traditions of indigenous peoples who pass down their tales through generations. I was inspired! Thank you, Neil!
Just loved this. A really good narrator (Lenny Henry, Brit comedian, Caribbean heritage, so the accents are spot on) great story - funny, quirky, definite. A proper fairy story for grown ups. Highly recommended.
Being a long time fan of Lenny Henry, this was a big draw for getting this book. What an absolute joy this was. I caught myself laughing out loud as I was listening (as well as some strange looks from others).
This is one of the most fun books I have "read" in ages.
This is a very well performed audiobook. The reader captures entertaining and possibly even accurate accents. The book itself seems to start slowly and didn't grab my attention 'til a good way in. When it did, the book built up to a compelling climax and finale.
All along you keep rooting for the main character to stand up for himself and finally he does. It's just a good resolution to the story.
I liked the narrator. He gives the characters spark and humor.
I really expected this to be an outstanding book. It was really strange and not up to the hype. This book will pass the time, but it is not something that grabs you and won't let go.
I just finished the book and was enchanted.
I agree with reviewers who talk about how funny the book is. But I was definitely moved. I like to think that more of us have a fat Charlie inside--or a Spider. Folks who have a little nerve to live better, be better, more imaginative, more generous. Even Rosie's Mom has her moments. Narrative is imaginative. The impulse is generous.
I also loved Gaiman's The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish and American Heroes. Check out Neil Gaiman.
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