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August 2nd, 2007 2 comments

“I can believe things that are true and I can believe things that aren’t true and I can believe things where nobody knows if they’re true or not. I can believe in Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny and Marilyn Monroe and the Beatles and Elvis and Mister Ed. Listen-I believe that people are perfectible, that knowledge is infinite, that the world is run by secret banking cartels and is visited by aliens on a regular basis, nice ones that look like wrinkledy lemurs and bad ones who mutilate cattle and want our water and our women. I believe that the future sucks and I believe that the future rocks and I believe that one day White Buffalo Woman is going to come back and kick everyone’s ass. I believe that all men are just overgrown boys with deep problems communicating and that the decline in good sex in America is coincident with the decline in drive-in movie theaters from state to state. I believe that all politicians are unprincipled crooks and I still believe that they are better than the alternative. I believe that California is going to sink into the sea when the big one comes, while Florida is going to dissolve into madness and alligators and toxic waste. I believe that antibacterial soap is destroying our resistance to dirt and disease so that one day we’ll all be wiped out by the common cold like the Martians in War of the Worlds. I believe that the greatest poets of the last century were Edith Sitwell and Don Marquis, that jade is dried dragon sperm, and that thousands of years ago in a former life I was a one-armed Siberian shaman. I believe that mankind’s destiny lies in the stars. I believe that candy really did taste better when I was a kid, that it’s aerodynamically impossible for a bumblebee to fly, that light is a wave and a particle, that there’s a cat in a box somewhere who’s alive and dead at the same time (although if they don’t ever open the box to feed it it’ll eventually just be two different kinds of dead), and that there are stars in the universe billions of years older than the universe itself. I believe in a personal god who cares about me and worries and oversees everything I do. I believe in an impersonal god who set the universe in motion and went off to hang with her girlfriends and doesn’t even know that I’m alive. I believe in an empty and godless universe of causal chaos, background noise, and sheer blind luck. I believe that anyone who says that sex is overrated just hasn’t done it properly. I believe that anyone who claims to know what’s going on will lie about the little things too. I
believe in absolute honesty and sensible social lies. I believe in a woman’s right to choose, a baby’s right to live, that while all human life is sacred there’s nothing wrong with the death penalty if you can trust the legal system implicitly, and that no one but a moron would ever trust the legal system. I believe that life is a game, that life is a cruel joke, and that life is what happens when you’re alive and that you might as well lie back and enjoy it.” She stopped, out of breath.

Neal Gaiman sabe, sin conocerme, cómo plasmar en unas pocas líneas mi manera de ver el mundo. American Gods

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American Gods

July 27th, 2007 2 comments

Hace ya un tiempo me leí el Good Omens, de Terry Pratchett y Neil Gaiman. Por ese entonces ya era un fan de Terry Pratchett, pero esa fue mi primera experiéncia con Gaiman. Luego seguí con un cuento para niños llamado Coraline que pasó sin pena ni gloria por mi mente olvidadiza.

Pero quería probar con un Gaiman de verdad, y American Gods me lo habían recomendado demasiado como para dejármelo en la cola de lectura. Y vaya si se merecía una lectura. Ha sido precioso.

Me decanté por la edición extendida, la que a Gaiman le gusta más. La que veis en la imagen. Según su prólogo, en ésta se mezcla más el tiempo pasado con el futuro, hay más idas y venidas, y hay muchas escenas que, aunque podrían ser totalmente prescindibles para la trama principal, añaden al libro una belleza todavía más excepcional.

Los personajes de este libro están tan bien concebidos que te absorben desde un primer momento. El aire triste y oscuro de la novela te atrapa para no dejarte escapar y tener que acabar un capítulo para dejar de leer. Las reflexiones sobre los dioses, la precisión con la que Gaiman describe los lugares y los propios dioses son sin duda, uno de los platos fuertes. Cada Dios más sorprendente que el anterior, y, aún así, basados en mitos reales. Dioses paganos de los antiguos vikingos, Dioses egipcios, Dioses nuevos, Dioses antiguos. Dioses Americanos.

La novela se va complicando y culmina en un final brillante, donde la genialidad de Gaiman fluye por todo tu cuerpo y te deja con una sonrisa de esas que no te puedes quitar durante unos cuantos días.

Maravilloso, bello, delicado, triste, dulce, sangriento y fantástico es el mundo de Gaiman. Los temas que el autor abarca con este libro son enormes. El amor que desprende este libro es inacabable. Gaiman ha concebido a un libro excelente, y una lectura obligada.

Recomendadíssimo.

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