Williamsburg book club

On Saturday, January 19, 2013, at 7 p.m., we'll meet to discuss "American Gods" by Neil Gaman (which has twice gotten a lot of support for being our book choice).  According to Amazon.com:

"American Gods is Neil Gaiman's best and most ambitious novel yet, a scary, strange, and hallucinogenic road-trip story wrapped around a deep examination of the American spirit. Gaiman tackles everything from the onslaught of the information age to the meaning of death, but he doesn't sacrifice his razor-sharp plotting and narrative style.

Shadow gets out of prison early when his wife is killed in a car crash. At a loss, he takes up with a mysterious character called Wednesday, who is much more than he appears. In fact, Wednesday is an old god, once known as Odin the All-father, who is roaming America rounding up his forgotten fellows in preparation for an epic battle against the upstart deities of the Internet, credit cards, television, and all that is wired. Shadow agrees to help Wednesday, and they whirl through a psycho-spiritual storm that becomes all too real in its manifestations. For instance, Shadow's dead wife Laura keeps showing up, and not just as a ghost-the difficulty of their continuing relationship is by turns grim and darkly funny, just like the rest of the book.

Armed only with some coin tricks and a sense of purpose, Shadow travels through, around, and underneath the visible surface of things, digging up all the powerful myths Americans brought with them in their journeys to this land as well as the ones that were already here. Shadow's road story is the heart of the novel, and it's here that Gaiman offers up the details that make this such a cinematic book--the distinctly American foods and diversions, the bizarre roadside attractions, the decrepit gods reduced to shell games and prostitution. "This is a bad land for Gods," says Shadow.

Neil Gaiman offers an outside-in and inside-out perspective on the soul and spirituality of the country-our obsessions with money and power, our jumbled religious heritage and its societal outcomes, and the millennial decisions we face about what's real and what's not."

We hope you'll be able to join us to discuss, meet with friends, and enjoy a knosh.

 

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  • Michael Henle

    Great! My first time at the club. Really enjoyed meeting everyone. See you in February.

    January 27, 2013

  • Karen

    Excellent, as always!

    January 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I did not come down with something...but I am not going to make it tonight. Sorry. :-(

    January 19, 2013

    • Bob Pike

      Hi Terry. Sorry you couldn't make it. Lisa will be posting the next two meeting announcements soon. Hope to see you soon.

      January 20, 2013

  • Diane

    I really enjoyed the discussion and company again this evening. Thank you Bob and Lisa!

    January 19, 2013

    • Bob Pike

      Hey Diane: It was great to talk to you again!

      January 20, 2013

  • Peggy

    Lisa and Bob, Has the club selected it's next book? If so, can you let me know so I can be prepared. Thanks, Peggy Olszyk

    January 16, 2013

    • Carrie

      No, I'm probably the one confused!

      January 16, 2013

    • Bob Pike

      Hi Peggy and all: Dan is correct - American Gods in January, Einstein's Dream in February, and Middlesex in March. See you all Saturday!

      January 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Not sure if I can read the book by Saturday...but it looks like a good one! Where do you meet?

    January 13, 2013

    • Bob Pike

      Hi Terry. We meet at our house (Lisa & Bob Pike). Our address is 118 Shore Drive Williamsburg. We're near 199 & Jamestown Rd.

      January 14, 2013

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