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13 July 2013 @ 12:11 am
I went to the bookstore today, for no real reason, and there were lots of copies of The Ocean at the End of the Lane on display - more than the last time; I think the book must have moved up a few spots on some bestseller list or other. Anyway, what this meant was that there were all these people asking about the book who clearly had no idea who Neil Gaiman was; I kept overhearing them as I was browsing. I was more entertained than I probably ought to have been by listening to one of the booksellers trying to explain Neil Gaiman to people. (Though out of the many ways I might have tried to describe American Gods, I don't think I would have started with "it's kind of about America's religious history...")
Enlevéenleve on July 19th, 2013 03:17 pm (UTC)
That sounds like it would be entertaining. Yeah, America's religious history is not totally inaccurate but not how I would start to describe the book.
tempestsarekindtempestsarekind on July 19th, 2013 06:06 pm (UTC)
It just sounds like some other book entirely to me, even though it's not wrong! A book about Puritans or something...
Enlevéenleve on July 20th, 2013 01:35 am (UTC)
Yes, Puritans, or Shakers, or Mennonites, or perhaps the wide variety of spiritual practices and religious beliefs of the people who lived there before the Europeans arrived. From that description I wouldn't expect a Norse god to be a main character, for instance.
tempestsarekindtempestsarekind on July 20th, 2013 02:31 am (UTC)
Exactly - or a long section with Egyptian gods who run a funeral parlor!