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Skinny Legs and All

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2006

    A satire unlike any other.

    I'd just like to say that I picked up this book because I had heard that it was funny. I was, at the time, a little depressed, and needed something to lift my spirits. While this book didn't cure me, it certainly helped me through it. As this book says towards the end, 'Philosophical novelists are traffick directors, they can lead you through the intersection, but they can't help ou get home or park your car.' so true. This book certainly kind of helped me through a busy intersection. Robbins is kind of like Vonnegut imitating Joyce while rewriting the Arabian Nights stories on acid. It's that bizzarre. The sentences are also stylistically crafted, and who could ignore the humour? I remember when some of the philosophical diatribes arose, I thought, 'Oh come on, this is ruining the funny feeling the book has.' But then you realize it's a can of beans talking. And you laugh hysterically at the prospect of an inaminate object being smarter than most human beings. It feels strange trying to write a review about a book that is undescribable. You have to read this for yourself. I can see why Robbins has had so much success in his life - he's a gifted writer with a voice of his own. He's philosophical. He treats serious situations how they should be treated, but doesn't shy away from the funnier aspects of this odd world we live in (in fact, he embraces them). So, why four stars instead of five? I felt like the ending should have been a little more powerful. It was set up to be a gripping, euphoric ending, and it just didn't do anything for me. In my opinion, it kind of fell flat, instead of having an impact on the reader. Yeah, it ended on interesting philosophical notes- but it just didn't twist my gut like it should have. Who knows, maybe for somebody else it would be different. That's not good enough reason, however, to not go out and buy this book and savor all of its sour, sweet, and sugary flavors. So do it. Now. Recommended, definitely.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2004

    Genius

    What can I say that hasn't already been said by the other reviewers here? Mr. Robbins is a gifted storyteller whose novels are literary treats for the mind. An outstanding plotline and memorable characters, make his books unforgettable. He truly is our national treasure.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2003

    Great Book!!!!

    this is my first tom robbins experience and i thought it was one hell of an experience. skinny legs and all is an authentic book that couldnt even be duplicated if it were attempted to be reproduced as a motion picture. it has some great characters that well crack you up and theme that will intrigue you, calling you for more. i was always anxious to see what was going to happen next and how the perplexing story was going end for these characters. this one was my first tom robbins book and it wont be the last.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2001

    THIS BOOK NEEDS TO BE A MOVIE!!!

    Mental coitus.An exceptional read full of fun from beginning to end. If anyone out there is in the film industry or has any connections please make this novel into a movie. I've envisioned this book as a movie for years and it would be brilliant and profitable.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2000

    Best Book Ever Written

    I just finished reading this book for the fifth (!) time and I must say that it is one hell of a wild ride. I am a published author and I've read thousands of books. Take it from me: this is the best damn book ever written. A hundred years from now, high school students will be reading Tom Robbins like they read Bill Shakesphere today. Read this.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 19, 2000

    Absolutely chuckle-licious

    What an entertaining and interesting way to view the world. Sometimes I laughed till I wept. As a first time reader of Robbin's work, I will certainly be looking for more.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2000

    First, but definitely not last

    Wow, this is the first Tom Robbins book I've read, and as I read the last sentence of the last chapter or veil, I should say, I found myself looking at the world in a different way, in a way that no 15 year old should be looking at the world around her, but nonetheless there I was. Not only is this book entertaining from the first word to the last, which is not something you can say for all books of 500+ pages, but it makes you think, leaving 10th grade honors English in the dust.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2000

    ONE OF MY FAVOURITES!

    This is my first but certainly not last Tom Robbins' book. It has very interesting storyline. Reading this book makes me think. The book actually includes topics on religions, arts and etc. It's an amzing book that worth reading multiple times.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2000

    Best Book Ever

    The best book I have ever read! Damn straight!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2000

    FUN AND FUNKY

    I became hooked on Tom Robbins' style when I was given my first copy of Still Life With Woodpecker 12 years ago. In the excitement, I ran out and bought a copy for everyone I knew. Skinny Legs provides more of the same. Robbins' use of metaphor makes reading his books an adventure to the senses. It's refreshing to find an author who can entertain humorously while questioning the mainstream. Thank you Tom - when will you give us more ?

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