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Still Life with Woodpecker

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  • Posted November 15, 2010

    A book where an outlaw is the hero

    "Sharks are the criminals of the sea. Dolphins are the outlaws." Most people view outlaws as outlandish and destructive people, but only few have been able to phonetically explain what depth and "laws" an outlaw must live by. In the story Still Life with a Woodpecker written by Tom Robbins, he is remarkable in his ability to make such deep ideas come out at a humorous level and yet still be thought of in a serious way. The story involves two abstract and opposite people who meet, love, and hate each other in a mere 3 pages. The characters, romance, and morals to this novel make it a classic.
    The main character is a woman named Leigh-Cheri, but she is no ordinary actually she is a princess living hidden in the United States. She strictly believes in peace amongst everything, and just wants no one to feel any harm. She lived in solitude for a while due to her miscarriage as a cheerleader at a football game, and in her embarrassment dropped out of school. Now the second character is known as the Woodpecker. He loves dynamite and feels that everything can be fixed if dynamite is used correctly. He lives outside the law, and feels that it is his duty to go against the government for government to exist. He is a very intellectual individual and strange man. He is quoted saying, "The lung of the smoker is a naked virgin thrown as a sacrifice into the god fire", which just shows his abstract views on things.
    I have never really been a fan of romance novels, but the romance in this is very different and deeper than most love we see in movies and shows. The Woodpecker and Princess meet at a peace fest in Hawaii under strange circumstances. He was trying to blow up part of the fest, but placed the dynamite in the wrong location. After she places him under citizen's arrest he woos her without even trying. It is very humorous how they both have very strong beliefs in different things and yet love overcame them.
    Although most themes within the story were underlying ones they were still apparent in the novel. For example, "Funny how we think of romance as always involving two, when the romance of solitude can be ever so much more delicious and intense" this was said by the Woodpecker when he had lost someone he loved. It really shows that a person can live without a partner as long as they love themselves. Also he talks about how outlaws are actually a necessity to society, but somehow not part of society. This really shows how our world is today if you think about it.
    In Conclusion, Still Life with a Woodpecker is a great read for anyone who loves an easy read with a deep story and an occasional laugh. I would highly recommend it.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 15, 2009

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    I love this book. So far I have purchased atleast 3 copies and borrowed it twice (somehow mine keep disappearing.) It took me all of two days to read it, for the simple fact that I simply couldn't put it down. I adore Tom Robbins, and have also read Even Cowgirls, Another Roadside Attraction, and Fierce Invailds Home from Hot Climates; and I can honestly say that of them all, this book is my favorite and will always remain close to my heart.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 4, 2008

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    If you're feeling a bit down on love,

    Engaging in 'Still Life' should cure such ailments, if only temporarily (which is far better than Never, mind you). As an avid Robbins fan, I can confidentally say that 'Still Life' is my favorite book of his- if not my favorite book that I've ever had the pleasure of reading. The quirky, witty writing style, in a bit of a stream-of-consciousness form (yet not overly so), hooked me immediately, and the unique nature of the book, characters, and love story is brilliant. A truly remarkable read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted December 29, 2013

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    Posted December 26, 2013

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    Posted November 19, 2013

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    Posted November 9, 2013

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    Posted December 9, 2013

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    Posted November 19, 2013

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