By Neil Gaiman
First released in 2001, American Gods grew to become an immediate classic-an highbrow and inventive benchmark from the multiple-award-winning grasp of cutting edge fiction, Neil Gaiman. Now become aware of the secret and magic of American Gods during this 10th anniversary version. Newly up-to-date and extended with the author's most popular textual content, this commemorative quantity is a real party of a contemporary masterpiece via the single, the single, Neil Gaiman.
A typhoon is coming . . .
Locked at the back of bars for 3 years, Shadow did his time, quietly awaiting the magic day whilst he may perhaps go back to Eagle aspect, Indiana. a guy now not fearful of what the next day may well convey, all he sought after used to be to be with Laura, the spouse he deeply enjoyed, and begin a brand new life.
But simply days earlier than his free up, Laura and Shadow's ally are killed in an twist of fate. together with his lifestyles in items and not anything to maintain him tethered, Shadow accepts a role from a beguiling stranger he meets at the means domestic, an enigmatic guy who calls himself Mr. Wednesday. A trickster and rogue, Wednesday turns out to understand extra approximately Shadow than Shadow does himself.
Life as Wednesday's bodyguard, driving force, and errand boy is way extra attention-grabbing and unsafe than Shadow ever imagined-it is a role that takes him on a dismal and weird street journey and introduces him to a bunch of eccentric characters whose fates are mysteriously intertwined together with his personal. alongside the way in which Shadow will examine that the previous by no means dies; that everybody, together with his liked Laura, harbors secrets and techniques; and that goals, totems, legends, and myths are extra genuine than we all know. eventually, he'll observe that underneath the placid floor of daily life a typhoon is brewing-an epic battle for the very soul of America-and that he's status squarely in its path.
Relevant and prescient, American Gods has been lauded for its awesome synthesis of "mystery, satire, intercourse, horror, and poetic prose" (Michael Dirda, Washington put up booklet World) and as a latest phantasmagoria that "distills the essence of America" (Seattle Post-Intelligencer). it truly is, conveniently, an exceptional paintings of literary mind's eye that might suffer for generations.
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Fr. 140 Kern / 159 Bernabé (= Proclus On Plato Republic II. 74) mentions a Golden race created by Phanes, a Silver race created by Cronus and a Titanic race created by Zeus from limbs of Titans. According to Proclus (On Hesiod Works and Days 127–9 = Fr. g. Crubellier (1996) 434 n. 9, and Brown (1998) 385, who ﬁrmly lays aside as unhelpful the polarization of opinion about attributing difﬁculties to Hesiod’s unskilful adaptation of ‘alien material’. The same principle holds, of course, in evaluating the responses to these texts on their own terms; I think particularly of the translations of Aratus’ Phaenomena, on which see ch.
120 In this text, Nebuchadnezzar, ruler of Babylon, has a dream he cannot understand: a vision of a huge statue with a head of gold, arms and upper body of silver, lower torso and thighs of bronze, legs of iron and feet of iron mixed with clay; a stone comes out of nowhere, shatters the feet of the statue and destroys all the metals, then grows into a mountain and covers the whole earth. The Jewish prisoner Daniel prophesies from the dream a sequence of kingdoms, of which the fourth will be strong like iron but weak in parts like clay.
But Zeus will destroy this race of speech-endowed human beings too. (Works and Days 174–80, trans. Most) There follow twenty apocalyptic lines, beginning with a speciﬁc image: Zeus will destroy this race when babies are born with grey hair (WD 180–1). Familial and wider social bonds will collapse and wicked men will overcome the worthy, until eventually Αἰδώς and Νέμεσις will move to Olympus, abandoning mortals to evil. 95 This, his 94 95 Boyle (1976) 25 reads Hesiod in this poem as ‘an ideal of didactic efﬁcacy, of song’s power and importance’, whose actuality in Virgil’s own world is scrutinized in the succeeding Eclogues.
American Gods (The 10th Anniversary Edition) by Neil Gaiman