First of all, how are you really supposed to pronounce that first word? Of everything about this book, that’s the question that haunts me. Though, what else would you expect from Neil Gaiman, whose last name is also in dispute regarding pronunciation. But, anyway.
Anansi Boys begins looking back on Fat Charlie Nancy’s childhood, in which he suffered from an extremely embarrassing father. But when he gets a call informing him of his father’s death, Charlie goes home to Florida for the funeral, and learns more about his father and himself than he’d ever dreamed. First, that his father was a god, and second, that Charlie has a brother.
Back home in England, Charlie invites his brother for a visit, and is catapulted into a much more interesting and dangerous way of living. For Charlie, just about anything that could go wrong does; for his brother Spider, everything is going right. Desperate times call for desperate measures, and Charlie is certainly desperate to be rid of Spider, no matter the cost.
Anansi Boys is a funny story that’s fun to read and easy to relate to. Written in Gaiman’s conversational style, it’s a quick read that will make you smile and appreciate your family, quirks and all. Part comedy, part mythology and part action, it’s a book for all readers.