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An edition of Anansi Boys (2005)

Anansi Boys

First Edition (1)
  • 3.97 ·
  • 34 Ratings
  • 67 Want to read
  • 3 Currently reading
  • 48 Have read
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William Morrow

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God is dead. Meet the kids.

When Fat Charlie's dad named something, it stuck. Like calling Fat Charlie "Fat Charlie." Even now, twenty 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.

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 ... just like Dear Old Dad. And all of a sudden, life starts getting very interesting for Fat Charlie.

Because, you see, Charlie's dad wasn't just any dad. He was Anansi, a trickster god, the spider-god. Anansi is the spirit of rebellion, able to overturn the social order, create wealth out of thin air, and baffle the devil. Some said he could cheat even Death himself.

Returning to the territory he so brilliantly explored in his masterful New York Times bestseller, American Gods, the incomparable Neil Gaiman offers up a work of dazzling ingenuity, a kaleidoscopic journey deep into myth that is at once startling, terrifying, exhilarating, and fiercely funny — a true wonder of a novel that confirms Stephen King's glowing assessment of the author as "a treasure-house of story, and we are lucky to have him."
--front flap

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Anansi Boys
Nov 03, 2016, HEADLINE, imusti
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De bende van Anansi
2006, Luitingh
Paperback in Dutch
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Anansi Boys
2006, Headline Review
Paperback in English - printing (17)
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Anansi Boys
2006-10, HarperTorch
Mass Market Paperback in English - First HarperTorch paperback printing (1)
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Anansi Boys
Sep 20, 2005, Headline Publishing Group
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Anansi Boys
2005, William Morrow
Hardcover in English - First Edition (1)
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Anansi Boys
2005-08, Perfectbound
ebook in English
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Anansi Boys: A novel
2005, William Morrow
Hardcover in English - First Edition (1)

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Table of Contents

Chapter I: Which is mostly about names and family relationships
Chapter 2: Which is mostly about the things that happen after funerals
Chapter 3: In which there is a family reunion
Chapter 4: Which concludes with an evening of wine, women and song
Chapter 5: In which we examine the many consequences of the morning after
Chapter 6: In which Fat Charlie fails to get home, even by taxi
Chapter 7: In which Fat Charlie goes a long way
Chapter 8: In which a pot of coffee comes in particularly useful
Chapter 9: In which Fat Charlie answers the door and spider encounters flamingos
Chapter 10: In which Fat Charlie sees the world and Maeve Livingstone is dissatisfied
Chapter 11: In which Rosie learns to say no to strangers and Fat Charlie acquires a lime
Chapter 12: In which Fat Charlie does several things for the first time
Chapter 13: Which proves to be unlucky for some
Chapter 14: Which comes to several conclusions.

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PR6057.A319 A85 2005, PR6057.A319A85 2005

The Physical Object

336 p. ;
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Open Library
60402072, 1102087621

Work Description

Anansi Boys is a fantasy novel by English writer Neil Gaiman. In the novel, "Mr. Nancy" — an incarnation of the West African trickster god Anansi — dies, leaving twin sons, who in turn discover one another's existence after being separated as young children. The novel follows their adventures as they explore their common heritage. Although it is not a sequel to Gaiman's previous novel American Gods, the character of Mr. Nancy appears in both books.

Anansi Boys was published on 20 September 2005 and was released in paperback on 1 October 2006. The book debuted at number one on The New York Times Best Seller list, and won both the Locus Award and the British Fantasy Society Award in 2006.

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Pace 1 Medium paced 100% Enjoyability 1 Engaging 100% Clarity 1 Clearly written 100% Genres 1 Fantasy 25% Humor 25% Romance 25% Fiction 25% Purpose 1 Entertainment 100%


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