From Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman: the opening paragraphs from Chapter One

IT BEGINS, as most things begin, with a song.
In the beginning, after all, were the words, and they came with a tune. That was how the world was made, how the void was divided, how the lands and the stars and the dreams and the little gods and the animals, how all of them came into the world.
They were sung.
The great beasts were sung into existence, after the Singer had done with the planets and the hills and the trees and the oceans and the lesser beasts. The cliffs that bound existence were sung, and the hunting grounds, and the dark.
Songs remain. They last. The right song can turn an emperor into a laughingstock, can bring down dynasties. A song can last long after the events and the people in it are dust and dreams and gone. That’s the power of songs

25 thoughts on “From Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman: the opening paragraphs from Chapter One

  1. Mr. Gaiman is one of my favorite writers — no nonsense and strong. Thanks for sharing his excellent message about the power of music/songs.

    My favorite quote of his: Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.

  2. Some consider Neil Gaiman a YA writer, but his books speak to all ages. The Ocean at the End of the Lane, The Graveyard Book, and Coraline are my favorites, but everything he has written is a treasure.

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