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Review: Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman

By / April 27, 2012 / no comments

Fat Charlie (who isn’t fat) had pretty much the perfect life. A job that he liked, a woman that he loved (let’s forget about the future mother in-law) and life in London far away from his family. However, when his estranged father dies he is compelled to go to his funeral back in Florida. Fat Charlie learns a lot about the father he never knew and about the brother he didn’t know he had. When Fat Charlie accidently calls for his brother, his world is turned upside down.

Neil Gaiman writes fantasy stories without using typical fantasy elements. No elves and dwarves, no world ending magic and definitely no farm boy with a sword. I was reminded how much this story was like ‘The Cat in the Hat’ by Dr Seuss. Boy accidently invites cat in and cat makes a lot of trouble. Unlike that story, in Anansi Boys when the cat is supposed to leave, he finds he isn’t able to!

Anansi Boys sucked me in pretty quickly with quirky characters and with a lead character who was utterly useless. You felt pretty sorry for Fat Charlie at the beginning but as the story went on, you kind of actually wanted to strangle him. How could someone be so useless! This is a main reason why I liked the book. Too many fantasy books have powerful can’t be beaten protagonists but with Anansi Boys it is quite the opposite.

If you want to read a story that is set in an urban world, a bit different and written well. This is a good book of his to start with. Not his best but definitely worth a read.

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