Skinny Legs and All

Skinny Legs and All

by Tom Robbins
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Overview

Skinny Legs and All by Tom Robbins

An Arab and a Jew open a restaurant together across the street from the United Nations....

It sounds like the beginning of an ethnic joke, but it's the axis around which spins this gutsy, fun-loving, and alarmingly provocative novel, in which a bean can philosophizes, a dessert spoon mystifies, a young waitress takes on the New York art world, and a rowdy redneck welder discovers the lost god of Palestine—while the illusions that obscure humanity's view of the true universe fall away, one by one, like Salome's veils.

Skinny Legs and All deals with today's most sensitive issues: race, politics, marriage, art, religion, money, and lust. It weaves lyrically through what some call the "end days" of our planet. Refusing to avert its gaze from the horrors of the apocalypse, it also refuses to let the alleged end of the world spoil its mood. And its mood is defiantly upbeat.

In the gloriously inventive Tom Robbins style, here are characters, phrases, stories, and ideas that dance together on the page, wild and sexy, like Salome herself. Or was it Jezebel?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780553057751
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/01/1990
Pages: 432

About the Author

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.

Hometown:

LaConner, Washington

Date of Birth:

July 22, 1936

Place of Birth:

Blowing Rock, North Carolina

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Skinny Legs and All 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 48 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is hilarious, thoughtful, and weird. It is the first Tom Robbins book I read and I just ordered another one. This is truly a book for those who love to see and experience things through another person's (or thing's) point of view. I thoroughly enjoyed the social, cultural and religious commentary.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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 ?
Anonymous 8 days ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this particular flavor Syrup of Wahoo. The way Tom writes is poetic in abstract, a tumbling waterfall of thought. So similar to how I word play in my own head.
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