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Anansi Boys (2005)
par Neil Gaiman
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El padre de Gordo Charlie, y autor de semejante apodo, ha muerto. Charlie viaja a Florida para asistir al entierro y allí descubre que tiene un hermano que es tan diferente de él como la noche del día; un hermano que sólo quiere enseñarle a relajarse y divertirse un poco, tal como el viejo. Y lo que pasa es que el padre de Charlie no era cualquier persona: en realidad, era Anans, el dios africano de las bromas, el dios araña. De repente, la aburrida vida de Charlie dará un vuelco y empezará a ser interesante.
Liked it even more than American Gods
Anansi Boys is not a sequel but I would recommend you read American Gods before you read it, just to get a good feel on Anansi. Its title is also slightly inaccurate. I wouldn't call Fat Charlie and Spider boys; they're grown men. This book was not as shocking or horrifying, more of a caper, and it actually reminded me more than once of a Terry Prachett book. It unsettled me less than AG did, but I'm not sure whether that's a good thing. For the most part it was, but there was less of that feeling one gets in the presence of things divine/not human.
An enjoyable read, a smaller story than American Gods, with a mix of British and American culture.
I had never previously read anything by Neil Gaiman but had heard his books were distinctive. After reading Anansi Boys, I wholeheartedly agree. Based on Caribbean folklore, this book is a fantasy fable about two sons of the god, Anansi, one of which is unsure of himself and easily embarrassed while the other is self-confident, mischievous, and irresponsible. The two were previously unaware of each other, and as they get acquainted their lives become an adventure. It’s a fantasy set partially in the real-world and partially in another realm. There appear to be no boundaries as to what may happen. Humor is sprinkled throughout and offsets some of the darker segments. Themes include good vs. evil, the power of storytelling, and development of hidden talents. I found myself reading it as if it were a stage play. Recommended to anyone interested in imaginative stories, fantasies, fables, or myths. I found it unusual, extremely creative, and very entertaining.
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Gaiman kutoo tapansa mukaan sujuvan ja houkuttelevan kertomuksen, joka ammentaa tarinoiden ja myyttien maailmasta. Sujuvan lukukokemuksen viimeistelee onnistunut suomennos.
Gaimaniin mieltyneille Hämähäkkijumala on puolipakollinen kirjahyllyn täyte ja kevytfantasiaa hakeville ihan yhtä hyvä tutustumiskirja kuin mikä tahansa varhaisempi romaani. Vaikka kirjan juoni ei juuri yllätäkään, Gaiman esittelee tarinankertojan lahjaansa: kykyä tehdä mahdottomasta todenmakuista.
And Charlie, who has become a successful singer and fathered a son, has come to terms with the powers and responsibilities of ''a boy who was half a god," having learned what Gaiman knows better, and communicates more forcefully, than any other contemporary writer: Stories and poems, songs and myths, represent us, sustain and complete us, and survive us, while also ensuring that all that's best in us survives with them.
The focus on Anansi and tricksters, I think, goes a long way towards explaining the tone of this novel. It really feels more like some of the established "funny" sci-fi/fantasy authors (like Gaiman's Good Omens co-author Terry Pratchett) than "classic" Neil.
The problem in "Anansi Boys" is the type of fantasy Gaiman has chosen. The tales of Anansi outwitting his foes leave you feeling you've eaten something heavy and sugary. There's an Uncle Remus folksiness to the stories that sends the airy blitheness of the farce plummeting down to earth.
There is also, I regret to say, the warm hand of instruction lying uneasily on this tale. Charlie works through his ineffectualness and his family issues to find happiness, contentment and - ugh - acceptance. It leaves you with the uncomfortable feeling that for Gaiman, farce by itself would simply have been too frivolous, that he feels the need to impart a lesson.
Anansi Boys contains a couple of traditional-style Anansi fables, and the book itself takes a similar ambling but wry, pointed tone; like any good Anansi story, it's about cleverness, appetite, and comeuppance, and it's funny in a smart, inclusive way. And like any good Gaiman book, it's about the places where the normal world and a fantastic one intersect, and all the insightful things they have to say about each other.
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When Fat Charlie's dad named something, it stuck. Like calling Fat Charlie "Fat Charlie." Even now, 20 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. Because 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. And all of a sudden, things start getting very interesting for Fat Charlie. Exciting, scary, and deeply funny, Anansi Boys is a kaleidoscopic journey deep into myth, a wild adventure, as Neil Gaiman shows us where gods come from, and how to survive your family.
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Classification décimale de Melvil (CDD)813.54 — Literature English (North America) American fiction 20th Century 1945-1999
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