Internationally bestselling novelist and American icon Tom Robbins delivers the long awaited tale of his wild life and times, both at home and around the globe.
Tom Robbins’ warm, wise, and wonderfully weird novels—including Still Life With Woodpecker, Jitterbug Perfume, and Fierce Invalids Home From Hot Climates—provide an entryway into the frontier of his singular imagination. Madcap but sincere, pulsating with strong social and philosophical undercurrents, his irreverent classics have introduced countless readers to natural born hitchhiking cowgirls, born-again monkeys, a philosophizing can of beans, exiled royalty, and problematic redheads.
In Tibetan Peach Pie, Robbins turns that unparalleled literary sensibility inward, stitching together stories of his unconventional life, from his Appalachian childhood to his globetrotting adventures —told in his unique voice that combines the sweet and sly, the spiritual and earthy. The grandchild of Baptist preachers, Robbins would become over the course of half a century a poet-interruptus, an air force weatherman, a radio dj, an art-critic-turned-psychedelic-journeyman, a world-famous novelist, and a counter-culture hero, leading a life as unlikely, magical, and bizarre as those of his quixotic characters.
Robbins offers intimate snapshots of Appalachia during the Great Depression, the West Coast during the Sixties psychedelic revolution, international roving before homeland security monitored our travels, and New York publishing when it still relied on trees. Written with the big-hearted comedy and mesmerizing linguistic invention for which he is known, Tibetan Peach Pie is an invitation into the private world of a literary legend.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
My first reaction to Tibetan Peach Pie was disappointment. I have become so used to taking off with Robbins on his flights of fancy that the details of his young life seemed rather mundane. But once I accepted the book for what it is --an autobiography-- I was able to enjoy the book and fill in the details of Robbin's life that lay behind his creative output.
Picture your drunk grandfather relating his life to you as he is picking lint slowly from his belly button. He then stares at said lint wondering where it came from only a moment later. This is a rambling un-memoir as Robbins says, and he will share glimpses of his life with the reader that reminds said reader of all the reasons we bought this book. As fans we want to revisit the books that led to this, get a glimpse of what makes this genius tick, and that is mostly there. The fifth star is lacking for there are times when he meanders with prose that is not as sharp as what was (and is in this book) but more like sticky candy cane that gets stuck in your teeth, sweet at first, but eventually leaving a bitter aftertaste.
Take this book for what it is and you will enjoy it. Look for a hidden meaning and you will be wasting your time. If you are a Robbins fan I can highly recommend, I would not start with this book if you have never read him before. Another Roadside...
You can be forgiven for thinking, when an artist's style is far out, that they had an unusal up-bringing. It's easy and understandable, to look at the work of say, Dali, and think he was raised by a band of gypsies who resided behind a mossy, abandoned castle. But the truth is usually that the more "far out" the artist, the more traditional and restrictive their upbringing was. These artists couldn't wait to fling aside the shackles, to let themselves, their minds roam free. Such is the case with Tom Robbins. Southern born and bred to deeply religious, preacher parents, Robbins was on a traditional path - to university, the military, etc. Gradually, he realized there was an itch he needed to scratch, and eventually unleashed his first novel, Another Roadside Attraction, on the masses. His indifference to fame/fortune no doubt helped his unique prose style, for he wasn't aiming to please the masses, so it was a pleasant surprise when the masses eventually came around...
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