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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam; Reissue edition (April 1 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553349481
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553349481
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 1.9 x 20.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 340 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #106,949 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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"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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Feb. 6 2004
Format: Paperback
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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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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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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By A Customer on Sept. 20 1999
Format: Paperback
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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By A Customer on April 21 1999
Format: Paperback
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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