Tuesday, June 7, 2011
"Anansi Boys" by Neil Gaiman
Musings: I always enjoy Gaiman's work, even if Anansi Boys wasn't especially memorable for me. It has a lot of elements that I've liked in Gaiman's writing before: spurts of the absurd, the interweaving of reality and myth, random subplots expertly woven together, and a goodhearted optimism throughout. The characters are richly drawn, as is the contrast between the submissive and insecure Charlie and the popular and self-assured Spider.
My favorite parts were in Spider's first arrival in Charlie's life, as Spider gets Charlie embroiled in a scandal at work and easily steals Charlie's fiance. I also enjoyed the ending, where the good characters gain confidence in spectacular fashion.
I was reminded of Luka and the Fire of Life as I read, though like in that novel, I felt somewhat distanced from the characters and events. Nonetheless, it was still a fun and lighthearted read.