Run-on Sentence Summary
The story of Shadow, an ex con who, after his wife is killed, gets sucked into a criminal underworld and discovers that the gods from stories and legends are real.
This book is a bit hard to categorize. It is a long, meandering story about America, tradition and technology. It’s rare to come across a book that is so hard for me to wrap my fingers around; if you read other reviews online, you’ll see that it is incredibly polarizing. I don’t know, it has tons of good qualities and I want to ‘get it,’ but writing this several weeks later, all I am left with is ‘meh.’
You just have to try it for yourself. With the TV show coming out it’s becoming culturally relevant, but if you start it and aren’t into it, I’d say don’t feel obligated to finish it.
“The secret is this: people gamble to lose money. They come to the casinos for the moment in which they feel alive, to ride the spinning wheel and turn with the cards and lose themselves, with the coins, in the slots. They want to know they matter. They may brag about the nights they won, the money the took from the casino, but they treasure, secretly treasure, the times they lost. It’s a sacrifice, of sorts.”