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By Neil Gaiman

Published from felony, Shadow unearths his global grew to become the wrong way up. His spouse has been killed; a mysterious stranger bargains him a role. yet Mr. Wednesday, who understands extra approximately Shadow than is feasible, warns hurricane is coming -- a conflict for the very soul of the USA . . . and they're in its direct path.

One of the main talked-about books of the hot millennium, American Gods is a kaleidoscopic trip deep into delusion and throughout an American panorama right now eerily conventional and totally alien. it really is, with ease, a modern masterpiece.

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The sentiment of personal fidelity was not unknown to the classical nations. The sentiment of civic patriotism, though of slow growth among the Teutonic races, did eventually establish itself there. Neither sentiment was unknown to the Celt, but there was another force which, in his case, overshadowed and dwarfed them, and supplied what it could of the political inspiration and unifying power which the classical nations got from patriotism and the Teutons from loyalty. This was Religion; or perhaps it would be more accurate to say Sacerdotalism--religion codified in dogma and administered by a priestly caste.

One is irresistibly [pg 43] reminded of the gallery of vigorous, independent, fiery-hearted women, like Maeve, Grania, Findabair, Deirdre, and the historic Boadicea, who figure in the myths and in the history of the British Islands. Rice Holmes on the Gauls The following passage from Dr. Rice Holmes' "Caesar's Conquest of Gaul" may be taken as an admirable summary of the social physiognomy of that part of Celtica a little before the time of the Christian era, and it corresponds closely to all that is known of the native Irish civilisation: "The Gallic peoples had risen far above the condition of savages; and the Celticans of the interior, many of whom had already fallen under Roman influence, had attained a certain degree of civilisation, and even of luxury.

D. it was still strange to the classical world, as we learn from the reference of Philostratus: "They say that the barbarians who live in the ocean [Britons] pour these colours upon heated brass, and that they adhere, become hard as stone, and preserve the designs that are made upon them. " Dr. J. Anderson writes in the "Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland": "The Gauls as well as the Britons--of the same Celtic stock--practised enamel-working before the Roman conquest. The enamel workshops of Bibracte, with their furnaces, crucibles, moulds, polishing-stones, and with the crude enamels in their various stages of preparation, have been recently excavated from the ruins of the city destroyed by Caesar and his legions.

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