Anansi boys by Neil Gaiman

I just finished a book that I liked very much: Anansi boys. In this novel, you get a look at a pretty dysfunctional family (and I’m not kidding).


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.



Anansi is a mythological figure, one of the most important gods of West African lore. If you wish to know more about it or in brief:
Here is what Gaiman said about Anansi boys on his blog:

Gaiman’s eagerly awaited new novel for adults, Anansi Boys debuted on the New York Times Bestseller list in September, 2005. About Anansi Boys Gaiman says: “It’s a scary, funny sort of a story, which isn’t exactly a thriller, and isn’t really horror, and doesn’t quite qualify as a ghost story (although it has at least one ghost in it), or a romantic comedy (although there are several romances in there, and it’s certainly a comedy, except for the scary bits).”

I like Gaiman’s work because it reads easily, he has a great sense of humour and can tell a story (about unbelievable things) in a very realistic way. I had read Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and him, and there was no doubt in my mind that the dark humour in it was of his hand. So when I saw this Anansi book in the book shop, I just couldn’t resist my curiosity. And now it has left me hungry for more.

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