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Another Roadside Attraction [Paperback]

Tom Robbins
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April 1 1990
What if the Second Coming didn’t quite come off as advertised? What if “the Corpse” on display in that funky roadside zoo is really who they say it is—what does that portend for the future f western civilization? And what if a young clairvoyant named Amanda reestablishes the flea circus as popular entertainment and fertility worship as the principal religious form of our high-tech age? Another Roadside Attraction answers those questions and a lot more. It tell us, for example, what the sixties were truly all about, not by reporting on the psychedelic decade but by recreating it, from the inside out. In the process, this stunningly original seriocomic thriller is fully capable of simultaneously eating a literary hot dog and eroding the borders of the mind.

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It's clear that when Robbins sits down to write, he has one thing on his mind: having himself some fun. I read Another Roadside Attraction, years ago, then immediately went back to the beginning of the book and read it again. Robbins holds nothing back in this, his first novel. It's a perfect introduction to the Robbins oeuvre of oddness.


"Written with a style and humor that haven't been seen since Mark Twain . . . it is a prize."--Los Angeles Times

“Hard to put down because of the sheer brilliance and fun of the writing. The sentiments of Brautigan and the joyously compassionate omniscience of Fielding dance through the pages garbed colorfully in the language of Joyce.”—Rolling Stone

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great writing Feb. 6 2004
By A Customer
While "Cowgirls" is, in my opinion, the best of the Robbins lot, "Roadside" is a close second. I've read them all and love each and every one. He never does the same thing twice in his books, yet manages to have a sense of style and way of writing that lets you know this is a work from Robbins. His characters are at once unbelievable and yet more memorable and real than people we might know in everyday life.
Also recommended: Even Cowgirls Get the Blues and McCrae's Bark of the Dogwood
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5.0 out of 5 stars Digging up Old Gems Aug. 3 2000
Fans of Tom Robbins' more recent work will enjoy going back and taking a look at his first novel, Another Roadside Attraction.
From page one, the reader will note that the author's writing style is fully formed, fat, juicy, and full of snap. There are several little stories going on, but the one I like best goes something like this.
A former college football player, banished from organized football after a carnal episode with his coach's wife, is hiking through the wet wilderness of Olympic National Park. He comes upon a murdered Catholic monk with a letter of introduction. Stealing the monk's clothes and assuming his identity, he continues on the path until he arrives at what was to be the monk's destination: a completely unknown monastary that serves as a training ground for the Vatican hit squad. Passing himself off as the murdered monk, he soon finds himself transferred to duty at the Vatican where, after some time, he is able to use the confusion created by a rather severe earthquake to sneak his way into the lowest, off-limits section of the Vatican catacombs. Who's body he finds, and what happens after that? Read the book.
Five big stars for this one!
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5.0 out of 5 stars impetus for creative orgasms--salsa anyone? April 27 2000
I was introduced to TOm Robbins in a speed reading course and have happily smorgasborged through his pages ever since. I think this book, with Amanda, John Paul, Plucky, and especially Marx Marvelous had me question the mechanism of character development in writing. In my Cerebral Chef work for my company Coronado Jack Guacamole Bottling Co. I have utilized this impetus for academic and artistic collabboration heavily relying on witty and offbeat metaphorical constructs. I believe the flavor of fiction should be imbued with proteins that alienate and maybe captivate some readers the first time, whil revolutionizing the way THE AUDIENCE sees the world. TOm Robbins has done this for me. I know he would have a different recipe, however, I feel a great novel is much like a well-chilled bottle of guacamole. I would only trade this book's mantle-space of grace for a novel that can indicate how I might jump inside characters' minds within their dialogue -- delineating with grace and a hint of cilantro. 5 freshly baked Nacho Chips for this book #####
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tom, please ... it's been way too long! Sept. 20 1999
By A Customer
Wherever you are, Tom Robins, it's been way too long.
At the time I read "Roadside" I was a frequent book reviewer for a large newspaper and I was so acutely bored with almost every word I had been reading that I really was on the verge of giving up on fiction.
Although I would never admit it then, I think I fashioned my review to make it clear to anyone who might read it that they would live an unfulfilled life it they did not read this book at least twice... once in the bathtub with a scotch and water to keep them warm.
I am convinced, now, that the aged online term ROFL (Rolling On The Floor Laughing) was created to describe this wonderful book of yours. Some crazed Tom Robins lover coined the phrase, I am sure, and it was ultimately picked up on CIS and FIDO and RIME, and probably even the internet of the day. Even if it wasn't, in my life -- once I had outgrown Huey, Dewey and Louie -- there really wasn't much reason for the term to exist before this book.
You whittle language, bang it around, smother it, soothe it, lavish love on it, twist it, make it alive, revere it, and make me weep with laughter. I have to have more.
Not long after I read this book, on a long trip from Detroit to Washington D.C., I read every word of Still Life with Woodpecker aloud to the most wonderful woman as she took her turn driving. There were times she almost had to pull off the road, she was laughing so hard at your crazed bomber. And that can be trouble on the beltway, as I am sure you know.
So, the point of this is that I have reached the point in my life where I need more wacky... my soul needs more wacky. There just hasn't been enough, lately, and without some, soon, my sense of the beauty of crazed writing might is sure to wither away.
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5.0 out of 5 stars CHANGED THE WAY I THINK ABOUT THINGS, FOR SURE April 21 1999
By A Customer
This is my favorite book of all time. I think that the four main characters are absolutely perfect, the way they are written. You can't get more interesting and original. In fact, I consider Amanda to be the greatest fictional character I have ever read about in a novel. Just brilliantly written.
The dialogue is fantastic, and story line and description of the whole book is just perfect. The first time I read this book, I was sitting out front of one of my classrooms with about 15 minutes to kill, so I figured I'd start reading this book that a friend of mine loaned me. When I looked up at the clock after taking a break from the pages, I realized that it was 3 hours later. This book totally captivated me, and I think I have lent that same copy to at least 20 different people over the years, and every one of them agreed with a full heart.
It the single, greatest recommendation I have ever recieved. You have to read it!!!!! Thank you, Mr. Robbins for writing it. I'm totally serious.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Eff-ing brilliant
The characters are simultaneously sexy and odd, the plot is pure fun, Robbins' language is humorous and inventive. I thoroughly enjoyed this. Read more
Published on Jan. 2 2012 by David Sabine
5.0 out of 5 stars Hysterical, moving, unearthly, and well . . . just great!
A truly fantastic book - easily one of my favorites. Robbins combines outstanding imagination and imagery with humor and thought provoking philosophy. Read more
Published on March 30 2005 by Ty Krupp
1.0 out of 5 stars Hated This Book
I guess I am in the minority, but I had to force myself to finish this book. I've read so many wonderful reviews of Tom Robbins books. I'm sure I'm in the minority. Read more
Published on Jan. 24 2004 by "ticktock01"
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the time
I sympathize with Tom's philosophy, so I don't think I learnt as much as others would from this work (if you are a conformist or a religomaniac you might want to find out what... Read more
Published on Oct. 17 2003 by theworld
5.0 out of 5 stars Robbins' first and one of his best...
Some have said that Tom Robbins hadn't fully tamed his maniacal writing in Another Roadside Attraction, but I rank it alongside Even Cowgirls Get The Blues as one of his finest. Read more
Published on June 3 2003 by William Fare
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Roadside Attraction
Although I enjoyed a couple of Robbins' other books more, this one is an absolute must read for its social commentary. Read more
Published on May 5 2003 by Joseph Harper
5.0 out of 5 stars My favourite book!
This is my favourite book ever, and definitely my favourite Tom Robbin's book. Hilarious and entertaining on a surface level, and an insightful and unique perspective into... Read more
Published on May 2 2003 by Heather
5.0 out of 5 stars You need to read this book.
I read it in 1975. I have given it to many people as a gift. You will too.
Published on April 5 2003 by Little Johnny Paranoia
1.0 out of 5 stars Just awful
This book made absolutely no sense to me. To be fair, I only read the first 20 pages, but what I read was chaotic, messy, and NOT entertaining. Read more
Published on March 11 2003 by Wade M. Wallace
5.0 out of 5 stars I ache when I think of this book!
I read this book a couple years ago, my first Tom Robbins book, and it literally changed my life! This book is magic - I don't care to break it down too much, just need to testify... Read more
Published on Feb. 6 2003
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