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Half Asleep in Frog Pajamas

Half Asleep in Frog Pajamas [Kindle Edition]

Tom Robbins
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)

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From Publishers Weekly

Robbins's latest tells of a Seattle commodities broker whose life is abruptly changed by a wild weekend with a handful of eccentrics.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

Robbins offers a wild and wacky trip featuring, among other things, a stock market crash and various philosophies about meaning and the origins of cultures. Gwen, an endangered stockbroker, is involved with strait-laced Belford and his born-again monkey. When she is attracted to Larry-who has cancer and is currently between trips to Timbuktu-she must choose among the American dream, the Timbuktu alternate, and something else. The book is a whirlwind of mad incidents, semiprofound observations, and an endless supply of great lines. The author of Skinny Legs and All (LJ 3/1/90) has come up with a very funny book that might incite a bit of thinking as well as laughter.
--Robert H. Donahugh, formerly with Youngstown & Mahoning Cty. P.L., Ohio
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1260 KB
  • Print Length: 400 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0553377876
  • Publisher: Bantam (June 17 2003)
  • Sold by: Random House Canada, Incorp.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000FBFNY2
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #217,360 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Changed my life Jan. 3 2012
Spoiler alert -- the book's purpose is to help you understand that " thoughtlessly presumed that evolution was over with, that it had achieved its goals, then petered out. You, like millions of other arrogant chauvinists, had taken it for granted that the human species was the end product of the evolutionary process, its culminating and crowning glory. How could you have held that notion for an instant?" (Quoted from the book.)

I read this in my mid-20s and it (I mean this sincerely) changed the path of my life forever. This book has become an important aspect of the lens through which I perceive new experiences and make choices.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Tongue in cheek Nov. 9 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
If you like irony, or a perspective that's just a little off the wall, you'll enjoy it. What does the monkey represent?
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3.0 out of 5 stars Wuf! So long, and thanks for all the frogs May 26 2007
By Amanda Richards HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
This book is classic Tom Robbins in the sense that almost every page has some hilariously humorous play on words, or unreal observation about real events, including a lot of incisive commentary on the subject of Washington's allegedly wooden teeth. (I kept wondering if he got knot holes instead of cavities, and whether he used Terminix for dental services*)

That said, this is not one of his best books by a long shot. It starts slowly, works up to a purple passion and then lands flat on its squatty Buddha-esque rear end. The tortuous tale twists around a feckless female Filipino stock broker, facing the fall of the fickle stock market over the Good Friday weekend, frantically forming far-fetched formulae to foil her forthcoming firing. Her acquaintances include a traditionally built psychic, whose fall-back occupation is watching home movies of the lonely and attention-deficient, a philanthropic Lutheran real estate broker who desperately wants to marry her, and last of all, a born again Barbary ape with a yen for banana popsicles and larceny.

While living through the worst days of her lives, she meets a tattooed ex-broker recently back from Timbuktu, and tracks him to his den of decadence beneath a bowling alley. Through this earth shaking incident, not all of which could be blamed on the rise and fall of the bowling pins, she has an Alice in Wonderland experience involving a distant planet, a toothy Japanese doctor who is said to have found a cure for cancer, an inscrutable Indian and a whole lot of amphibians.

Highly pseudo-philosophic, with unlikeable characters and flimsy plot, the main thing this has going for it is the dry humor of the word play, and all the rain in Seattle can't wash that away.

Amanda Richards

*Not a Tom Robbins quote, but it might have been if I didn't write it first
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2.0 out of 5 stars A Sleepwalk March 12 2007
Reading this novel is like watching a superstar in any genre having a disastrous turn. You've been inspired and elevated by his genius, and now you see him abusing his remarkable gifts with a tawdry performance. Robbins is the Icon of Imagery, the Master of Metaphor, the Tsar of Simile, a magician,a philosopher, John Fowles on peyote, Will Durant tripping... but not in this novel. If you enjoyed seeing Kwan skate in one too many Olympics, Mohammed Ali fight six too many fights,or the Bee Gees make one record, you might not mind this disappointing effort. If you're a Robbins fan (and if not, why not?),though, this is a rotten ostrich egg of a novel.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Robbins' worst July 1 2004
I'm sorry, but I'm a big Tom Robbins fan and this book was just terrible. After all the hilarious religious commentary in his other books, it just seemed silly.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Great May 28 2004
I don't know that I have a lot to say. I read this before reading any of the (obviously) very divided reviews here and I felt that I needed to add my own two cents.
This is the very first Tom Robbins novel that I have read and I was blown away. I think this is a work of great literature that will be around for a long time (and maybe only widely appreciated long after Mr. Robbins passing). Regardless, I was moved enough by his unique style of writing (which includes a lot of stream of counciousness) and drawn in by the vast and intruguing subject matter that I, literally, could not put this book down until I finished it.
I think it's really worth the read and you should decided for yourself.
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2.0 out of 5 stars An OK Book.... a bad Tom Robbins book. March 11 2004
By A Customer
You have seen some of the other reviews of this novel and you have read and even identified with the responses of the most passionate of the reviewers. If this wasn't a book by Tom Robbins, you wouldn't want to read more than the first couple of pages. Out of respect for the author who has previously never failed to impress you, you have trudged (or will trudge) your way through it. When it is all said and done you must admit that for a Tom Robbins novel, this one is is at the bottom of the heap...
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5.0 out of 5 stars thought provoking March 10 2004
of the four novel by tom robbins I've read, this is the most thought-provoking. what robbins does best is show the world from the view points of people -- and things -- you'd never even consider. mind expanding in the good sense of the word. this is what taking serious drugs must be like -- without the health hazards.
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