Anansi Boys is a 2005 best-selling and award-winning fantasy novel written by English author Neil Gaiman.
Synopsis[edit | edit source]
Anansi Boys is centered on the children of Mr. Nancy, who dies at the beginning of the story. Mr. Nancy's son, Fat Charlie, moved from Florida to London to escape his humiliating father and when his father dies, he learns of his long-estranged brother, Spider. The malicious god, Tiger, is up to trouble, however, and a narrative unfolds that takes Fat Charlie and Spider to the Caribbean island of St. Andrew, where the story culminates in the power of song.
Plot[edit | edit source]
Mr. Nancy's son, Fat Charlie, moved from Florida to London to escape his humiliating father and when his father dies, he learns of his long-estranged brother, named Spider. After a fight between the two brothers, Charlie travels to the end of the world searching for a way to get rid of Spider. None of the gods are willing to help Charlie except for Bird. Due to confusion and intimidation, Charlie accidentally promises Anansi's bloodline to Bird, agreeing that she can kill both Spider and Charlie. She gives Charlie a feather as a token of their deal.
Later, Bird is hunting Charlie Nancy and Spider. When Spider is captured by Bird, it is revealed that Bird has been working for Tiger all along. Fat Charlie discovers Spider was actually part of him. The two brothers got separated in their youth by a magical ritual. Tiger wants to reclaim his stories and plunge the world once again in savagery and darkness. Charlie gives Bird's feather back, ending the deal. Spider and Charlie defeat Tiger and capture him in his cave in the end of the world.
Awards[edit | edit source]
Anansi Boys won both the Locus Award and the British Fantasy Society Award in 2006.