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Even Cowgirls Get the Blues [Paperback]

Tom Robbins
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April 1 1990
The whooping crane rustlers are girls. Young girls. Cowgirls, as a matter of fact, all “bursting with dimples and hormones”—and the FBI has never seen anything quite like them. Yet their rebellion at the Rubber Rose Ranch is almost overshadowed by the arrival of the legendary Sissy Hankshaw, a white-trash goddess literally born to hitchhike, and the freest female of them all.

Freedom, its prizes and its prices, is a major theme of Tom Robbins’s classic tale of eccentric adventure. As his robust characters attempt to turn the tables on fate, the reader is drawn along on a tragicomic joyride across the badlands of sexuality, wild rivers of language, and the frontiers of the mind.

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"This is  one of those special novels--a piece of working  magic, warm, funny, and san--that you just want to  ride off into the sunset with."–Thomas  Pynchon

"The best fiction, so far,  to come out of the American  counterculture."—Chicago Tribune Book World

Even Cowgirls Get the Blues comes as a magical gift, a brilliant affirmation of private visions and private wishes and their power to transform life and death.” —The Nation

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"This is  one of those special novels--a piece of working  magic, warm, funny, and san--that you just want to  ride off into the sunset with."--Thomas  Pynchon

"The best fiction, so far,  to come out of the American  counterculture."--Chicago Tribune Book World

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great, great book! May 22 2005
Format:Paperback
Even Cowgirls Get The Blues" by Tom Robbins is at first a bit hard to follow, a trademark of Robbins' work, but well worth the effort. The main character is Sissy Hankshaw, a young beauty with one minor, or maybe major flaw, her huge thumbs. Instead of letting the size of her thumbs hinder her, she uses them to her advantage, and becomes the best hitchhiker in the country, perhaps the world. Hitchhiking takes Sissy to a number of diverse and interesting places, where she meets many distinct and different people. Among the people Sissy meets is the "Countess", a gay, cross dressing owner of a douche company which Sissy becomes a part time model for. Through the Countess Sissy meets Julian Gitche, who becomes her husband. She also meets Bonanza Jelly Bean, "the cutest cowgirl in the world" who dreams that someday every little girl that dreams of becoming a cowgirl will be able to and not be told that it is a silly dream like she was told by her parents. Among the people that Sissy meets the Chink would have to be one of considerable significance, although he would not say that he "taught" Sissy anything, she learned a lot from him, and he gave the reader a lot to think about too. "Even Cowgirls Get The Blues" was both entertaining and witty, coming as much from the crazy antics of the characters as from the frequent interjections from the author. "Cowgirls" is one of Robbins' best work both in imaginative characters and wild themes. It has the "stuff" to keep the reader interested to the end. Also highly recommend for its humor, insight, and disturbing qualities, would be BARK OF THE DOGWOOD-A Tour of Southern Homes and Gardens.
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4.0 out of 5 stars WITTY AND SANE Aug. 22 2004
Format:Paperback
I really loved this book. I think that Tom Robbins is quite a weirdo himself to have written something about the odd and not-so-normal people we normally push away from our day-to-day horizons. here we writes of them with compassion and a riveting originality that is just...mind-blowing. do read this book! i think it's not as good as jitterbug perfume but one of the best of tom robbins' novels nonetheless!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not his best, but still pretty great Feb. 11 2004
Format:Paperback
I love the language! I think it's so sexy! How does he make sentances like that! I want to be loved by someone who talks like that. This isn't as good as Jitterbug Perfume, but what could be? It's still great. I especialy love the line about Wall Street resting its bloody #$%hole. I don't care what that says about me. I still love it.
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Format:Paperback
Tom Robbins is one of my all-time favorite authors. There are three I couldn't live without: David Sedaris, Jackson McCrae, and Robbins. I've read everything he's written, and while "Cowgirls" is top of the line, "Another Roadside Attraction" is close behind. "Cowgirls" was lent to me many years ago when I was in college and I've been giving copies away ever since. This is a great story--fun, unusual, and above all, well-written. You can't go wrong with a Tom Robbins book and this is his best effort to date.
Also recommended: Naked by Sedaris, and Bark of the Dogwood by McCrae
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4.0 out of 5 stars OFFICIAL TRUTH!! Jan. 14 2004
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Format:Paperback
EVEN COWGIRLS GET THE BLUES IS ABOUT THIS CHICK AND SHE HAS REAL
BIG THUMZ
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good, not "Robbins" good Oct. 31 2003
Format:Paperback
When Tom Robbins writes a novel you can be assured of a few things:
1. It will be quirky and full of great imagery and analogies.
2. It will be well-researched.
3. The plot will be tight and come together well.
4. It will be funny.
5. It will be pretty sexy.
This book is all of these, and will not disappoint Robbins fans. As a fan of his, and after reading all of his books, I would place this near the bottom, if not at the bottom, of his books. Other books of Robbins have been profound teeming with ideas and beautifully written. While this book is well-written, it seems many of the ideas Robbins tries to explain don't pan out well and are lost in analogies that don't come of explaining them fully. Many times in the book, Robbins even apologizes for stretching an analogy too far. In "Cowgirls" Robbins wants his readers to embrace the natural beauty of women, and his characters are written well enough that this idea is developed clearly. However, the for me, when Robbins novels are refreshing and thought-provoking, "Cowgirls" was at points tiresome and disappointing only on the level that Robbins had risen himself too with his other novels. It IS a good book, just not "Robbins" good.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Review... a short one... Aug. 22 2003
Format:Paperback
This book is one of the best books I have read. An avid fan of Kerouac and Hunter S. Thompson, Tom Robbins brings on something else. Instead of the "American dream" or adventurness lifestyle, he brings out a plot that compels one to find the answers that he proposes. This isn't just a novel, if you are looking for an enertaining book then great read it, but if you are looking for something more, a book that can give understanding to onself then this is the book for you. I thuroughly enjoyed it and recommend it to anyone, even that hard nose prick that think women need to cover up the sweet smell that gives life... read it then you will understand.
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Sissy Hankshaw is something else in this book. The movie does not give this book any justice. Although it is worth checking out also. How can you go wrong with a girl that has the biggest thumbs in the universe and has hitchhiked around the whole galaxy? Definately another one of Tom's mind benders and worth the read!
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