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10:10:23 PM Jan 7th 2012
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03:01:35 PM Jan 9th 2012
It's been a while since I've read the book, but I'll give some of them a go:

  • All Myths Are True: The story mainly concerns itself with Anansi, the trickster god, although other gods from other pantheons are seen when Fat Charlie tries to find a way to get rid of Spider. In addition, Anansi Boys takes place in the same continuity as American Gods, which operated under the assumption that all myths are true.
  • Deal with the Devil: Fat Charlie makes a deal with the Bird Woman to get rid of Spider.
  • Dirty Old Man: Mr. Nancy had a habit of flirting with women prior to and during his marriage.
  • Divine Parentage: The Anansi boys in the title are the sons of Anansi, Fat Charlie and Spider.
  • Fantasy Pantheon: Anansi is from the folklore of the people of West Africa and the Caribbean.
  • Great Way to Go: Mr. Nancy goes out in a way that's good enough that people assumed he did it intentionally, rather than dying. These are not mutually exclusive. He died of a heart attack during karaoke, fell off the stage, and with his last ounce of strength, grabbed a woman's shirt and tore it off, exposing her breasts.
  • Literal Metaphor: The monkey calls Fat Charlie "half a thing." Spider, his 'brother,' was part of his personality split off at birth by a witch.
  • Names to Run Away From Really Fast: Tiger, who is as dangerous as his namesake.
  • Wacky Marriage Proposal: Charlie proposed to Daisy. It involved a former employer with a gun, a chance meeting on a Caribbean island, singing, and a lime.

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