Disappointing. Seemed to me he was running out of ideas, or had a contract to fullfill.
All his other books are so filled with ideas and concepts; this one was not.
"Your country seems to have everything and yet almost nothing. It's unbelievable. In that vast, beautiful, powerful land of unprecedented abundance live some of the most unhappy people on earth."
Northwest based Tom Robbins is the clown prince of fiction. A descendant of the Beats, he's much funnier and less annoying than they are and though he has some of Vonnegut's antic, subversive spirit, he's not as preachy. He is a genre unto himself. Here are some ingredients in the spicy gumbo that is his 8th novel: Southeast Asia, a man with an extra large scrotum, a beast from Japanese folklore, 9/11, American MIAs, drug running, colorful analogies (breasts compared to "the headlamps of an approaching kiddie car") the circus, and, of course, sex, about which Robbins has maybe the most whimsically healthy attitude of any living author. A great book for the Robbins fan or novice.
My first experience with Tom Robbins, and a very positive one. This book was playful, philisophical, funny, witty, and very imaginative. Being unfamiliar with his writing style, I was suprised to see all the plot elements melt together so smoothly.
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