With the adaptation of the novel into a TV show, we have deemed it our responsibility to revisit Neil Gaiman’s classic American Gods. American Gods is essentially an immigrant’s tale though not in the traditional sense. With all the hate surrounding that very word, we feel that this book’s message is breathed new life. First published almost two decades ago, we will be looking at how well it aged and how it remains relevant even today.
Obviously, there is a lot to unpack with American Gods. Essentially, it is a story of love, loss, and betrayal. It speaks to the power of collective imagination and how we create our own gods. It touches on the conflict between traditional belief systems and how they can become irreconcilable with the changes brought about by modernity.
It is no secret that we love the works of Neil Gaiman. He has written comics, graphic novels, and children’s books among other things. It should come as no surprise that he is considered to be one of the important contemporary writers today. Rereading American Gods has done well to remind us of how we came to love this book in the first place.