October 28, 2011

Book Review: American Gods, by Neil Gaiman


Author: Neil Gaiman     

Review: In this exciting novel, Neil Gaiman, acclaimed author of Sandman, Neverwhere, and Anasi Boys, brings to life the plight of those who immigrate to America and of the cultures they bring with them. Shadow, the protagonist of American Gods, struggles to come to grip with his own identity and the traumatic events of his past, while dealing with a variety of characters who each seek to make him understand their vision of America. The action is interspersed with brief stories describing migrants', throughout history, journeys to America, and these well woven interludes serve only to heighten the tension as cultures collide and the story races towards its climatic conclusion.   This book contains mature themes and brief graphic descriptions of violence, and is best suited for older teens and adults.

Reviewed by Edwin Gavis '15