Claudia Osmond ~ Reader, Writer, and Ruminator

Goodbye, Fat Charlie

In Anansi Boys, Neil Gaiman on February 25, 2009 at 2:30 pm

I’m sad to have to say goodbye to Fat Charlie. And Spider.

Anansi Boys, by Neil Gaiman, is a supernatural and intriguing experience, that is satisfyingly grounded in reality. It has just the right blend of creepiness, suspense, humor, and shock-moments.

Fat Charlie Nancy is probably the most ordinary person you could ever meet. Or, at least you think – and he thinks – he’s the most ordinary person you could ever meet. See, Fat Charlie has no idea that his father, who has just recently dropped dead mid-song on a karaoke stage, was a god. Nor did he have any idea, until recently, that he has a brother who inherited all their dad’s special talents. “If you need him, just tell a spider. He’ll come running,” Mrs. Higgler, an old family friend, tells Fat Charlie one night.

Well, as to be expected, that’s what Fat Charlie does, although he blames the foolishness on the fact he’s had one too many to drink. Sure enough, the next morning there’s a knock on the door. Fat Charlie invites his brother, Spider, in. The moment Spider steps foot into Fat Charlie’s house is the very moment the course of Fat Charlie’s ordinary life is intercepted and derailed. His brother ends up being way more than Fat Charlie had bargained for. And now he refuses to leave.

Through many strange and supernatural events, Fat Charlie ends up finding out the truth about his father, his heritage, and himself all while dealing with the complexities of the various relationships he finds himself in. Neil Gaiman has spun a fantastic tale in Anansi Boys.


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