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B Is for Beer Hardcover – Apr 21 2009
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“…whimsical, absurdist.” (New York Post)
“Kids at heart, and anyone bemused by Robbins’ previous novels, will guzzle down Robbins’ latest brew.” (Denver Post)
About the Author
Tom Robbins was born in North Carolina in 1932 and raised in Virginia. A graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University, he moved to Seattle to do graduate work at the University of Washington. His internationally bestselling works include Still Life With Woodpecker, Fierce Invalids Home From Hot Climates, Jitterbug Perfume, Skinny Legs and All, Half Asleep in Frog Pajamas, Villa Incognito, and B Is For Beer. Robbins lives with his wife, Alexa D'Avalon, and their dog, Blini Tomato Titanium, in Washington State.
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It is, however, exactly what it professes to be. A children's book for grown-ups, and a grown-up book for children. (Which is what I based this review on, vs. comparing it to other Robbins books ... there's no comparison.) The writing is definitely child-like in its tone.
Gracie is practically six-years-old when she develops a curiosity about beer. As Robbins will do, he leads us on a delightful, whimsical discovery about - yes, Beer. The book is filled with Robbins's humor, philosophy, and magical writing.
I had a dumb grin on my face the whole time I was reading the book (less than two hours from start to finish) and I laughed out loud several times.
This tantalizing taste of Robbins's words has definitely left me with a craving for more Robbins. And perhaps a Red Stripe.
He wrote a book about beer. For kids. And totally got away with it. And it doesn't stop there because it turned out to be a great young adult book. It's an exercise in Tom Robbins' distinct style for a ten year old. I think that's pretty cool but I don't think Tom Robbins put that much thought in to where his creatively should go or how he should break down his style for a children's book.
'B is for Beer' is dynamite in a pint size. It's different. It's a little subtle for the usual Robbins escapade. By the end it's not a book about beer. Gees, guys, didn't you think you were missing something by thinking the book was just about making beer?
I enjoyed the relationships between the characters. He broke down the fourth wall to deliver an extra sassy punch. Robbins wrote about a 6-year-old's curiosity well. Hey, he wrote about beer well, too. There's a lot going on in story that isn't expressed in these reviews. Borrow it from the library and have fun.
Please, criticize this book but don't whine about the book you wish Robbins would write. You're crapping on a good little thing here. I cried a little when I finished it. Robbins expresses a mastery of female characters and it's plain as day but just as lovely in this book.
If you are a contrarian reader who is powerfully addicted to his writing, go ahead and buy it. I don't know how to warn you so you will save your money. It is just seriously bad writing.
Tom, you charmed us into holding on for four to six years between novels after we learned that it took you that long to release each one with its glorious metaphors, similies and crazy plots. It's been six years since "Villa Incognito" was put to the press in 2003. It is time for another. "Wild Ducks Flying Backwards" in 2005 wasn't even a novel and "B is for Beer" is a watered-down novella about which you say many people warned you "that I couldn't or shouldn't, or wouldn't bloody dare." Okay Tom, you proved that you could get it published. Now it's time to write something that again really scours the far reaches of your imagination and takes us on exotic (and erotic) journeys.
This morality tale is as flat as a Budweiser opened and left in a Seattle backyard for weeks to attract parched raccoons that don't know there are better ways to enjoy brewski.
June 6, 2012 It's been three years since I wrote this review. Haven't changed my mind. I hoped that complaining reviews from Tom's fans would encourage him to leap back into print with another of his gloriously wacky novels. Guess I'll have to wait longer. I'm tired of rereading his earlier books. I've even read all the books about his writing. This one by him certainly isn't representative of his strange genius.
The week passed as slowly as a snowmans gas.
The coup de grace sees Gracie, the little girl, visited by The Beer Fairy to tell her and most importantly show her all she has ever wanted to know about the creation of beer. Gracie also learns a few lessons about perils of drinking, but also the benefits. Although, the topic is a bit adult I could definitely see reading this on to my niece and nephew or lending it to my Father-in-law to do so. I can actually picture him sipping a beer as he would read it to them. The book is rather short (125 pages with a few illustrations), but that was obviously out of intent. This could easily be read in one sitting with a tall glass or 2 to accompany you on the journey. It will leave you salivating for a second round. My favorite Robbins was and still remains Another Roadside Attraction, although B is for Beer is a great addition to the Robbins library. I give B is for Beer 7.5 out of 10 hats.