Even Cowgirls Get the Blues Paperback – Apr 1 1990
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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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Starring Sissy Hanshaw--flawlessly beautiful, almost. A small-town girl with big-time dreams and a quirk to match--hitchhiking her way into your heart, your hopes, and your sleeping bags...
Featuring Bonanza Jellybean and the smooth-riding cowgirls of Rubber Rose Ranch. Chink, lascivious guru of yams and yang. Julian, Mohawk by birth; asthmatic esthete and husband by disposition. Dr. Robbins, preventive psychiatrist and reality instructor...
Follow Sissy's amazing odyssey from Virginia to chic Manhattan to the Dakota Badlands, where FBI agents, cowgirls, and ecstatic whooping cranes explode in a deliciously drawn-out climax...
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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.
Sometimes, it seems like he thought of too many clever things to cram into one book, but decided he would cram them in anyway; it can be daunting to get through all of these things to get at what is actually happening in the story. He also likes to say things which run contrary to popular belief and opinion; the problem is that, while he probably does have the sources to back it up, he doesn't print anything like a bibliography. Hell, I'd even like a bibliography so I could read more about the things he introduces, because it's some pretty cool stuff.
As you might expect, there's also lots of sex. It gets pretty racey, on par with most erotica in terms of being explicit, which I feel to be a bit unnecessary.
I feel somehow obligated to say some good things about the book. After all, I had to have *some* reason for giving it 3 stars. Well, the book is usually entertaining to read, and Robbins has some good things to say about love, religion, and "getting back to your roots," providing a very good explanation/defense for the current neo-paganism trend. Really, though, I'd suggest you go read, uh, some other book by him. Like "Skinny Legs and All."
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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... Read morePublished on Aug. 21 2004 by carmellimorgaine
Maybe my expectations are too high or I am a snob, but I thought this was a truly lousy novel. It is a typical frivolous 70s-style story, posturing as a more genuine 1960s... Read morePublished on May 19 2004 by Robert J. Crawford
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. Read morePublished on Feb. 11 2004
Tom Robbins is one of my all-time favorite authors. There are three I couldn't live without: David Sedaris, Jackson McCrae, and Robbins. Read morePublished on Feb. 6 2004
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. Read morePublished on Aug. 22 2003 by James R Hanson
Sissy Hankshaw is something else in this book. The movie does not give this book any justice. Although it is worth checking out also. Read morePublished on July 30 2003 by WannaBeGeekster
made no sense. stupid plot and story line. don't waste your money if you're looking for anything of value in this authors works, you won't find it if this is indicative.Published on July 28 2003