Tom Robbins' novel offers insights on some of the major problems of our time - race, religion, politics and lust. The author's previous novels include "Even Cowgirls Get the Blues" and "Jitterbug Perfume".Tom Robbins' novel offers insights on some of the major problems of our time - race, religion, politics and lust. The author's previous novels include "Even Cowgirls Get the Blues" and "Jitterbug Perfume".Read Less
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I'd read the first few paragraphs to anybody - it gets some really puzzled looks!
Following some really 'out there' characters, and some inanimate ones, to lift the 'veils' that conventional thought has slipped over our eyes is an interesting approach. It's too bad that Robbins then substitutes some of his own, in a new-age kind of way.
A great read, nonetheless.
May 24, 2007
Absurd and Humane
I was convinced to read this book, after many times being told to check out Tom Robbins, when a friend told me that one of the main characters was a can of beans. After she told me that, I knew I would enjoy it. And enjoy it I did. This novel taps into the same waters as epic Greek or Christian mythology, and turns all notions of heroism and destiny on their heads. While the plot is unpredictable and engaging, some of the best parts are when Robbins just goes off on a tangent for pages and pages at a time. They remind me a bit of Douglas Addams's observations on the absurdity of human behavior. These passages are wonderful in that they expose the hypocrisy and arrogance the human race feels regarding their place in the universe. In recounting the trials and tribulations of a younng newlywed artist, a can of beans, and those that surround them, Robbins creates a new mythology which brings to light some of the most important spiritual issues people face in this day and age. God (or Goddess) bless him for it.
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