Just finished reading this book. I think I had started to read it before, because I recognized the first chapter. But now that I finished it, I'm wondering why I bothered. Did it answer any really important theological questions? My first impression after finishing it, was that Gaiman was way too ambitious with his gods. To really get anything out of it, you need a college course on lots of different mythologies. And you have to spend a lot of time trying to figure out everyone's motivations. After all that work, what comes out of it all? What was Gaiman trying to teach us?
I did enjoy the last part of the story the most when Shadow went back to Lakeside to discover the car on the ice. That seemed to have some real point to it. Much else, I think, was written so vaguely, my head hurt.
In my opinion, the book was summed up like this. Here is a quote from the book, towards the end.
"You learn anythin' from all this?" asked Mr. Nancy.
Shadow shrugged. " I don't know. Most of what I learned on the tree I've already forgotten", he said. You keep some of the dream forever, and you know things down deep inside yourself, because it happened to you, but when you go looking for details they kind of just slip out of your head."
That's how I felt about it. I couldn't keep all the details of the book in my head. But I would appreciate anyone helping me understand it better.
I did read Coraline, too, and the same thing happened with that, now that I think about it. I liked the story, but the ending had no real meaning for me. I thought it fell flat. Should I read other Gaiman books?