I bought this for my nephew after reading it. Too few children's books are bold enough to treat deep and difficult subjects. This one did a nice job, showing one persons life as being written every day, and coming to a bittersweet end. Read it and watch Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium with a child who's lost a beloved grandparent.
I read about Sophie Scholl one day in 2012 and was shocked that I'd never heard her story. This film is riveting and moving. It begins with Sophie and her brother's choice to disseminate their article and dives straight into her interrogation, imprisonment, and trial. Her resolve and faith were heroic, and I hope more people with watch this film and tell her story. It deserves every award it has received.
At the beginning of the book I had favorite gods, and the idea of these myths walking in real life was exciting. Gaiman shattered my modern ideas of the old gods by depicting them as they were first imagined: powerful and petty. The ancient gods of Rome, Ireland, and Africa are human, and as such they are messed up. They are as likely to be helpful as they are to be cruel; they are caricatures of the humanity, afflicted with the human condition.
American Gods also paints a startling portrait of culture in the United States. Just as old world gods are real in Gaiman’s novel, the new gods of convenience and technology are real as well. They look silly next to the old gods, but are ultimately just as powerful and no more or less corrupt or corrupting. They hit closer to home. I know no one who has ever sacrificed a child to an old god. We all know of friendships that have been sacrificed to ambition, lust, or selfishness. These modern gods are real. In Gaiman’s world, and also in ours, anything that a person worships with time, attention, and energy becomes a god.
The whole thing books is exciting and thought provoking. Read it.
The first book painted an ideal picture of the mother daughter relationship, and I'm glad that this book departed from that picture. Adolescence is hard, and uncomfortable, and puts strain on families. This book depicted that strain while still telling it's beautiful story with poetic words and elegant images.
Is it weird that books are unrated? I would never want this book censored, but it seems like we could have some indication of what to expect. If a young boy picked the book up thinking it was just some comic he might be shocked by what he saw and learned.
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Ehwah learns to masturbate. It's a tasteful scene, but I can imagine being shocked if you didn't expect it. That is all.
This culmination of Ehwa's sexual awakening was wonderful to read. The trilogy had a lot of awkward moments that were perfectly appropriate for the themes of the book, but sometimes difficult to get through. This final chapter made all those struggles worth reading; it was so lovely I almost cried. I loved it. I will probably buy it. Read it. Buy it for your children and talk with them about sex.