American Gods

, #1

Tenth Anniversary Edition, 522 pages

English language

Published June 21, 2011 by William Morrow.

ISBN:
978-0-06-205988-8
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First published in 2001, American Gods became an instant classic—an intellectual and artistic benchmark from the multiple-award-winning master of innovative fiction, Neil Gaiman. Now discover the mystery and magic of American Gods in this tenth anniversary edition. Newly updated and expanded with the author’s preferred text, this commemorative volume is a true celebration of a modern masterpiece by the one, the only, Neil Gaiman.

A storm is coming . . .

Locked behind bars for three years, Shadow did his time, quietly waiting for the magic day when he could return to Eagle Point, Indiana. A man no longer scared of what tomorrow might bring, all he wanted was to be with Laura, the wife he deeply loved, and start a new life.

But just days before his release, Laura and Shadow’s best friend are killed in an accident. With his life in pieces and nothing to keep him tethered, …

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Oui, American Gods est un chef-d’oeuvre du fantastique. Et ce pour d’innombrables raisons. D’abord, parce que [author:Gaiman] arrive à projeter dans une Amérique contemporaine l’ensemble(1) des panthéons des principaux peuples ayant nourri l’Amérique. Ensuite, parce que cette construction se fait d’une manière extrêmement rationnelle, eu égard aux attributions de ces dieux (Loki en est l’exemple le plus frappant). Enfin parce que toute cette construction se fait sous la forme d’un pied de nez absolument magistral. Qui plus est, cette construction n’est finallement pas intéressante en soi. Elle ne sert que de support au conte initiatique que vit Ombre, le héros de cette histoire. Et là encore, l’auteur met tout son talent au service d’une histoire intéressante, servie par des personnages tout à fait croustillants, et aux rebondissements franchement inattendus. Mais encore une fois, comme dans n’importe quelle parabole, le sens apparent ne sert qu’à mettre en valeur un sens caché …

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Subjects

  • National characteristics, American--Fiction.
  • Spiritual warfare--Fiction.
  • Ex-convicts--Fiction.
  • Bodyguards--Fiction.
  • Widowers--Fiction.