American Gods Audiobook – By Neil Gaiman
American Gods A pavement that sounds like a packet of muesli when you shake it a bit. In the mouth, there are lots of varied little things with a bland taste that bite a little in the mouth but not too much: the clichés of contemporary America with the reference to a cultural and religious meltingpot in the background. Such is Shadow, a dull hero, strong but inactive, inserted in the fabric of an America seen through Hollywood stereotypes with rose water, tossed about by events, pushed by the strange traveler from a tourist trap to the other. He walks along the road without really understanding where he’s going or what’s going on (neither does the reader, by the way). With his vague description, one wonders who he can be until the very end … or almost.
The construction of the story is not really linear. It is not a simple roadmovie (or the literary equivalent) although the characters are most often encountered by the wayside. the most disappointing concerns the development of adventures in the depths of the winter which is cut short. the long passage that takes place at Lakeside has no conclusion. Not that satisfactory during reading. No shattering revelation, no end-of-scene drop. Threads are untied, pulled but we do not see the end. Just the beginnings of stories. Mysterious situations. At least one that starts off as a polard: one wonders who makes these young people disappear every year. Allusions, immersed in the ancient history of the city which refers to a earthy character for whom we would like him to be otherwise the person in charge, perhaps the key which leads to the solution of the enigma. But no ! Everything stops. the hero (or the antihero) is removed from this narrative to be projected elsewhere behind the scenes of the world, leaving the reader very frustrated. In any case, I was. the final of American Gods Audiobook – By Neil Gaiman turnaround concludes the main story without fanfare. Another frustration. We have to wait for the very last pages (a bit like in these films where after the end credits, the director sticks a last scene which suggests the possibility of a sequel) to finally be confirmed in the deductions that we do not had not failed to do.
A good book, however. I deliberately dragged out the reading for as long as possible because I really enjoyed going back to it over and over again …