Sunday, 20 July 2008

Great Listen

Finished July 17
Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman, performed by Lenny Henry
This wonderfully humourous novel centers around Fat Charlie Nancy and his brother Spider. The two are the sons of Anansi, a god. Fat Charlie was constantly embarrassed by his father growing up, and until his father's funeral is not even aware that he has a brother. As he contacts his brother and begins to get to know him, he's not sure that he's glad he did so. Things start happening to him, and they aren't necessarily good things.
I liked the legends worked into the story and the humour that appeared throughout, even in the very difficult moments. The sheer inventiveness that Gaiman brings to his work never fails to astound me. The performance is equally wonderful and really makes all the bits come alive. Henry's voice changes wonderfully to suit the situation and adds to the characterization included in the words.

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