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When the stock market crashes on the Thursday before Easter, you - an ambitious, though ineffectual and not entirely ethical young broker - are convinced you're facing the Weekend From Hell. You don't know the half of it! This is, after all, a Tom Robbins novel. Obviously, before the market reopens on Monday, you're going to have to scramble and scheme to cover your butt, but there's no way you can anticipate the baffling disappearance of a 300-pound psychic, the fall from grace of a born-again monkey, or the ...
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Overview

When the stock market crashes on the Thursday before Easter, you - an ambitious, though ineffectual and not entirely ethical young broker - are convinced you're facing the Weekend From Hell. You don't know the half of it! This is, after all, a Tom Robbins novel. Obviously, before the market reopens on Monday, you're going to have to scramble and scheme to cover your butt, but there's no way you can anticipate the baffling disappearance of a 300-pound psychic, the fall from grace of a born-again monkey, or the intrusion in your life of a tattooed stranger intent on blowing your mind and most of your fuses. Over these fateful three days, you are jerked from one trial and one revelation to another; forced to confront things ranging from mysterious African rituals to legendary amphibians, from tarot-card bombshells to street violence, from your own sexuality to outer space. The weekend isn't from Hell, it's from Sirius the Dog Star. And by the time it's over, the glide path of your destiny has been knocked widely askew. You may or may not be a better person, you may or may not have found love, the world may or may not be a different place, yet cosmic connections have been established that cannot be broken. And as an indication of lust how strange it has all become, you - prosaic, materialistic, irritable you - are left with a complete understanding of the surprisingly serious phrase "half asleep in frog pajamas." According to the Los Angeles Times, "Trying to describe a Tom Robbins novel by summarizing its plot is like pointing to a snowflake and asking someone to grasp the concept of downhill skiing." Robbins's eagerly awaited sixth novel is no exception, but the foregoing provides a cursory peek at the narrative drift of a daring, entertaining, and illuminating reading experience. In Half Asleep in Frog Pajamas, the author explores new terrain. As always, however, his prose is funny, wise, provocative, erotic, lyrical - and a little on the wild side. Longtime Rob

Startling, thoughtful and hilarious all at the same time, a Tom Robbins novel invites readers to laugh and to ponder; it stimulates them while it tickles their metaphysical fancies. And never has Robbins been in more magical form than with his latest triumph--an outrageous novel that begins on the day the stock market falls out of bed and breaks its back.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Robbins's latest tells of a Seattle commodities broker whose life is abruptly changed by a wild weekend with a handful of eccentrics. (Dec.)
Library Journal
Robbins offers a wild and wacky trip featuring, among other things, a stock market crash and various philosophies about meaning and the origins of cultures. Gwen, an endangered stockbroker, is involved with strait-laced Belford and his born-again monkey. When she is attracted to Larry-who has cancer and is currently between trips to Timbuktu-she must choose among the American dream, the Timbuktu alternate, and something else. The book is a whirlwind of mad incidents, semiprofound observations, and an endless supply of great lines. The author of Skinny Legs and All (LJ 3/1/90) has come up with a very funny book that might incite a bit of thinking as well as laughter. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 6/15/94.]-Robert H. Donahugh, formerly with Youngstown & Mahoning Cty. P.L., Ohio
From the Publisher
"Tom Robbins continues to pour water on a dozing America...the author is one of the most inventive stylists writing today."— People

"One of the wildest and most entertaining novelists in the world."— Financial Times, London

"If (Jitterbug Perfume and Skinny Legs and All's) fuel-injected prose and far-out-in-left-field philosophy freaked you, then toddle back to Robert Fulghum, because Frog Pajamas is a scream in the same vein."—USA Today

"Rant on, Robbins; our carking, swinking, workaday world needs you."—Washington Post Book World

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781568950914
  • Publisher: Cengage Gale
  • Publication date: 2/1/1995
  • Edition description: Large Print
  • Pages: 477

Meet the Author

Tom Robbins

Tom Robbins has been called “a vital natural resource” by The Oregonian, “one of the wildest and most entertaining novelists in the world” by the Financial Times of London, and “the most dangerous writer in the world today” by Fernanda Pivano of Italy’s Corriere della Sera. A Southerner by birth, Robbins has lived in and around Seattle since 1962.

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    1. Hometown:
      LaConner, Washington
    1. Date of Birth:
      July 22, 1936
    2. Place of Birth:
      Blowing Rock, North Carolina

Read an Excerpt

You kick off your shoes and flop onto the bed--landing, of course, among millions of mites. Had you any inkling that your bedding was alive with arthropodic crablets, chomping away on flakes of your dead skin, you would be so disgusted you would probably choose to lie on the floor. Yet every one of us, including the rich, the pious, and the royal of blood, sleeps each night in colonies of such mites. The ultimate witnesses, the most intimate voyeurs, these mites. What books they might author, what tales they could tell! Imagine the memoirs of a multitude of minuscule malcolm lowrys, expatriates in a martex mexico, soused on dandruff tequila, living and writing under the volcano of love. Jolted by mattress-quakes, buried by thigh-slides, swept away by flash floods of seminal lava, they cling to the linen with their petite pincers, recording with literary objectivity our orgasms, our fevers, our pillow talk, our dreams. Who knows more of our secrets? Who? Nightly, and often by day, they sail with us in the lunar barge, their flake steaks marinated in our tearwater, their breakfast boiled in our sweat, the winds of our farting at play in their hair. They are familiar with wife and mistress, husband and lover, hot-water bottle and fetish, favorite sitcom and favorite drug; have memorized confession, recrimination, prayer, delirium, and that sweet name we cry out in our sleep. Our babies are conceived--and born--in their midst; our parents--and someday we ourselves--die in what passes for their arms. Yes, all this but the mites do not betray us. If they gossip, it is only among themselves. Perhaps they see an order in our messy bed-lives--our tossings and turnings, moans andnightmares, snacks and snores and trading of partners--that we have not discovered yet. Perhaps they regard us as glorious, even; as agents of the raw miraculous, capable at any moment--not in spite of our folly but because of it--of a transcendence that exceeds transformance. As a rule, we do not sing in our beds. We have no need. The mites sing for us. Sing of us. They are our Greek chorus, our geek chorus, choirs of microscopic angels ever ready to dance on the head of a pin. Their appetites are ghoulish, their hunger divine. They are what they eat.


Excerpt from a bedmite tome:

Shortly before eleven on the night before Easter, our hostess, Gwendolyn Mati (fully clothed, unfortunately), lay herself down in our city to gather her wits, to collect her thoughts, to sort things out--things ranging from rectal cancer to sugary aromas, from missing friends to the possible demise of that powerful and enduring conviction that every generation of Americans could and would move beyond the social and economic station of its predecessor. However, being chaotic, overwhelmed, worried, frazzled, exhausted, severely disappointed yet strangely free, her various thoughts coagulated, her mind went to testpattern, and she slipped rather quickly into slumber. Within minutes, she commenced to dream. A voice spoke to her in her dream, spoke so loudly and distinctly (although it dragged its syllables contemptuously through its proboscis, in the manner of that bulbous old comedian on the late, late show) that we heard it above our traffic and crunching, as clearly as if it were there in the sheets. Startled, Ms. Mati reared up in bed. And in a low, wondering whisper, she repeated the statement we all had overheard.

"The Fool's journey ends on Sirius C."
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2000

    Read this before going into the financial industry

    Over the holidays, I met a young man on the cusp of graduating from an Ivy Leauge University. He came on with the grease of a used car salesman, telling me that he had just gotten a job with one of those financial companies where people make thier first million within two years. The strange thing about him was that he was also a philosophy major with a wounderful backgroud and intersting ideas about the human soul... then he talked about money again. I sugested this book to him. It should be required reading for people in his life condition. A book about the soul of a philosoher/poet/artist existing within the brain of a financial genius... and a wanna be financial genius. A great book for anyone devoted to the wrong line of work. A great book for anyone with a soul. A great book for African frogs. A great book. Bon Voyage.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2013

    Loved this quirky romp

    A rollercoaster that twists and turns you around. My first Robbins book. If you like your inspiration delivered with a heaping pile of unrealistic realism, you'll enjoy this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2011

    Excellent

    This book hooked me on this Author. Excellent Read!

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  • Posted March 6, 2011

    Well, I won't forget it.

    I read this years ago, and I admire the artistry behind it and what the aurhor is trying to say. He does this well, so I give it four stars. It is unsettling to me though, and an unsatisfying read. Part of that is because it's in second person.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2007

    The cat's meow

    If you haven't read any Robbins before, might i suggest that you start with 'Even Cowgirls,' or the more accesible 'Another Roadside Attraction?' If not, feel free to dive right into yet another quirky and weirdly wondful Robbins book about the fringes of society. Highly recommended.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2002

    Amazing!!!!!

    This book opened up my eyes to so many things. It is a must read for anybody interested in interesting things concerning everything.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2002

    Delightfully interesting

    After the first paragraph, my interest was tweaked to the point that I couldn't put the book down. I had to go out and read the others just to make sure this wasn't a fluke.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2001

    Boo!

    This is the first Tom Robbins novel I ever read (in June 2000). I didn't even THINK about touching another one of his works until March 2001, when my then-director told me to give him another try. The novel ends just as the plot is getting intersting. It's almost like Robbins decided to write his book about his characters' backstory. Save your time and money for the far superior Jitterbug Perfume.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2000

    Wonderful! Unexpected.

    Entertaining.

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