Best Description of a Bad Hangover Ever

from Neil Gaiman‘s Anansi Boys

Fat Charlie was thirsty and his head hurt and his mouth tasted evil and his eyes were too tight in his head and all his teeth twinged and his stomach burned and his back was aching in a way that started around his knees and went up to his forehead and his brains had been removed and replaced with cotton balls and needles and pins which was why it hurt to try and think, and his eyes were not just too tight in his head but they must have rolled out in the night and been reattached with roofing nails; and now he noticed that anything louder than the gentle Brownian motion of air molecules drifting softly past each other was above his pain threshold. Also, he wished he were dead.



  1. Paul
    May 31, 2009

    Oh yes, I know it well. That is a classic, I will come back on Sunday morning and seek solace in not being alone.

  2. openchannel
    Jun 1, 2009


    I’ve only managed a hangover of this magnitude twice in my life. That was enough.

  3. Nairobi
    Jun 2, 2009

    Woah!! was that a hang over or what!!!!
    Guys slow down…

    And thanks for your comments dear 🙂

  4. openchannel
    Jun 2, 2009

    Well, mine wasn’t THAT bad. I’m actually a lightweight. I have a two drink maximum in public.

    Baby took me to the Jazz Cellar in Vancouver for a night of drinks and jazz. Good times.

  5. john
    Aug 24, 2009

    its nice to have sexy in drunk yaehhh baby

  6. Lindsey Carmichael
    Dec 8, 2009

    I’ve never actually been hungover, but now I know exactly what it’s like. Neil Gaiman rocks.

  7. Jennifer D. Munro
    Jan 24, 2012

    Does that sentence open the book?

  8. You mean the sentence I posted? No. But right under the title of the post is a link to Anansi Boys.

    Love Gaiman.


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