Another Roadside Attraction Paperback – Apr 1 1990
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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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Also recommended: Even Cowgirls Get the Blues and McCrae's Bark of the Dogwood
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!
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.Read more ›
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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A unique and interesting story, told in the unusual and entertaining style of a brilliant author. If you like Tom Robbins this novel is one of his best.Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
The characters are simultaneously sexy and odd, the plot is pure fun, Robbins' language is humorous and inventive. I thoroughly enjoyed this. Read morePublished on Jan. 2 2012 by David Sabine
A truly fantastic book - easily one of my favorites. Robbins combines outstanding imagination and imagery with humor and thought provoking philosophy. Read morePublished on March 30 2005 by Ty Krupp
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 morePublished on Jan. 24 2004
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 morePublished on Oct. 17 2003 by theworld
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 morePublished on June 3 2003 by William Fare
Although I enjoyed a couple of Robbins' other books more, this one is an absolute must read for its social commentary. Read morePublished on May 5 2003 by Joseph Harper
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 morePublished on May 2 2003 by H
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