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Skinny Legs and All by Tom Robbins
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Skinny Legs and All (1990)

by Tom Robbins

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it seems impossible to review this book other than to say you should read it. It faithfully explores the human condition, the importance of asking/struggling with the best questions (philosophy), religion, sexuality, art, politics, family and biblical history, employing humor, sarcasm, eroticism, history and other novel devices. The storyline is small, like most of our lives, but huge in impact. He is an incredibly unique author who is a joy to read. I thank my dear friend John for giving me the gift of this work of art! ( )
  DonaldPowell | Feb 5, 2019 |
My fave of Tom Robbins. Hilarious from one cover to the other. ( )
  SoubhiKiewiet | Mar 20, 2018 |
K Tomu Robbinsovi není co dodat, u tíéhle knihy, po dočtení, sem měla vyloženě zážitek-pocit, že se mi vyloženě otevřelo, rozšířilo vědomí, vnímání světa (ne, nebyla to první Robbinsonova kniha, kterou jsem četla). ( )
  mountbatten | Oct 26, 2017 |
The opening scene of Skinny Legs finds newlyweds Ellen Cherry Charles and Randolph 'Boomer' Petway III driving cross country in a large roast turkey. From there, Robbins touches on topics as diverse as art and artists, biblical history, the longstanding Arab-Jewish feud, eschatology, and other Robbins' staples such as sex, religion, and politics.

The reader is introduced to typical array of off-beat and whimsical characters, including the estranged couple of artist/waitress Ellen Cherry and welder/accidental artist Randolph "Boomer" Petway, Spike Cohen and Roland Abu Hadee (a Jew and an Arab who co-own a Middle-Eastern restaurant across from the UN building in New York), fundamentalist preacher Buddy Winkler, a doe-eyed belly dancer named Salome, Detective Jackie Shaftoe, Raoul the libidinous doorman turned rock star, art galleries owner named Ultima Sommerville, a mysterious performance artist known as Turn Around Norman and Verlin and Patsy Charles, Ellen Cherry's parents. A host of inanimate objects (Can o' Beans, Dirty Sock, Spoon, Painted Stick and Conch Shell) also plays a key role in the novel, and even biblical harlot Jezebel and Dan Quayle make cameo appearances.

  bostonwendym | Mar 3, 2016 |
Not my favorite Robbins, but worth it for the laughs and the timeliness. One of those books that makes me consider moving to New York City (again). Robbins' characters are so remorselessly rowdy and lustful, one always wishes more folk actually emulated his characters. ( )
  dbsovereign | Jan 26, 2016 |
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The Messiah will only come when he is no longer needed
--Franz Kafa
It's the end of the world as we know it (and I feel fine).
--R.E.M.
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For Alexa d'Avalon and Giny Ruffner and their pink shoes.
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This is the room of the wolfmother wallpaper. The toadstool motel you once thought a mere folk tale, a corny, obsolete, rural invention.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0553377884, Paperback)

An Arab and a Jew open a restaurant together across the street from the United Nations…

It sounds like the beginning of an ethnic joke, but it’s the axis around which spins Tom Robbins’s gutsy, fun-loving, and alarmingly provocative new novel, in which a bean can philosophizes, a dessert spoon mystifies, a young waitress takes on the New York art world, and a rowdy redneck welder discovers the lost god of Palestine—while the illusions that obscure humanity’s view of the true universe fall away, one by one, like Salome’s veils.

Skinny Legs and All
deals, in Robbins’s audacious manner, with today’s most sensitive issues: race, politics, marriage, art, religion, money, and lust. It weaves lyrically through what some call the “end days of our planet. Refusing to avert its gaze from the horrors of the apocalypse, it also refuses to let the alleged end of the world spoil its mood. And its mood is defiantly upbeat.

In the gloriously inventive Tom Robbins style, here are characters, phrases, stories, and ideas that dance together on the page, wild and sexy, like Salome herself.

Or was it Jezebel?

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An Arab and a Jew open a restaurant together across the street from the United Nations. It sounds like the beginning of an ethnic joke, but it's the axis around which spins this gutsy, fun-loving, and alarmingly provocative novel, in which a bean can philosophizes, a dessert spoon mystifies, a young waitress takes on the New York art world, and a rowdy redneck welder discovers the lost god of Palestine, while the illusions that obscure humanity's view of the true universe fall away, one by one, like Salome's veils. Skinny Legs and All deals with today's most sensitive issues: race, politics, marriage, art, religion, money, and lust. It weaves lyrically through what some call the "end days" of our planet. Refusing to avert its gaze from the horrors of the apocalypse, it also refuses to let the alleged end of the world spoil its mood. And its mood is defiantly upbeat. In the gloriously inventive Tom Robbins style, here are characters, phrases, stories, and ideas that dance together on the page, wild and sexy, like Salome herself. Or was it Jezebel?… (more)

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