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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
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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 Eff-ing brilliant Jan. 2 2012
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The characters are simultaneously sexy and odd, the plot is pure fun, Robbins' language is humorous and inventive. I thoroughly enjoyed this. Note: devout Christians should be forewarned that this book pokes awesome fun at religion.
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A truly fantastic book - easily one of my favorites. Robbins combines outstanding imagination and imagery with humor and thought provoking philosophy. He has managed to outline the struggle between self and religion that many partake in daily often without being able to qualify it. I recommend this book to anyone and everyone who has ever once thought about their own mortality, morals, values and beliefs - religious or otherwise.
Also recommended: BARK OF THE DOGWOOD
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1.0 out of 5 stars Hated This Book Jan. 24 2004
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. This book was recommended to me as a good one to read first. It will also be my last.
I just don't like his style of writing. He jumps all over the place. His characters are overly sexed and talk to animals.
I am not an illiterate. I have a graduate degree and enjoy reading contemporary litterature as well as the classics. I Just don't enjoy this very "1960's" style of writing. My advice to anyone that has not read any of Tom Robbins books is to take one out of the library before you invest money in one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the time Oct. 18 2003
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 you're missing). It is an interesting work of the imagination that can only increase your own writing and thinking creativity. I like Jitterbug Perfume more than ARA, but this book is still worth the time. This book is also great if you want to find out why the discovered body of Jesus would have no pronounced effect on western religion.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Robbins' first and one of his best... June 3 2003
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. No subtlety here, folks, just white-knuckle teeth-baring fun.
The story of how a gypsy princess, a free-spirited giant with a bone through his nose, a drug dealer, and a baboon come to possess the mummified body of Jesus Christ at their small roadside hot dog stand and zoo is nothing short of brilliant. Like other Robbins novels, the storyline often derails into monologues, flashbacks, and especially fables or twisted fairy tales. It's always astonishing how close he can come to skirting dated 60's rhetoric without losing his edginess.
Despite all of its philosophical meanderings, Another Roadside Attraction is a surprisingly light read. Warmth and humor abound, and it's a great pleasure simply to watch how Robbins performs miracles with words. Genius.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Roadside Attraction May 6 2003
Although I enjoyed a couple of Robbins' other books more, this one is an absolute must read for its social commentary. It trancends his other works and steps into the realm of philosophy, but the kind that's read in an arm chair instead of a classroom. Thank you Tom Robbins.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My favourite book! May 2 2003
By Heather
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 philosophy and sociology (yes, I know it's just fiction).
Tom Robbins has a wonderful writing style and a creative mind. If you like unique books (how about ninja assassin Catholic monks or missplaced messiahs?), this is for you.
I had this book stolen (hope the thief liked it), but liked it so much I purchased it a second time.
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