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Skinny Legs and All

Skinny Legs and All [Kindle Edition]

Tom Robbins
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A painter's struggle with her art, a restaurant opened as an experiment in brotherhood, the journey of several inanimate objects to Jerusalem, a preacher's scheme to hasten Armageddon, and a performance of a legendary dance: these are the diverse elements around which Robbins has built this wild, controversial novel. Ellen Cherry Charles, one of the "Daughters of the Daily Spe cial" in Jitterbug Perfume ( LJ 1/85), takes center stage. She has married Boomer Petway and moved to New York, hoping to make it as a painter. Instead, she winds up a waitress at the Isaac and Ishmael, a restaurant co-owned by an Arab and a Jew. Robbins's primary concern is Middle Eastern politics, supplemented along the way with observations on art, religion, sex, and money. Few contemporary novelists mix tomfoolery and philosophy so well. This is Robbins at his best. Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 1/90.
- Lawrence Rungren, Bedford Free P.L., Mass.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.


“Tom Robbins is a vital national treasure.”—The Oregonian

"Robbins possesses magnet-like power."—USA Today

"Funny and tough...Robbins is an American Original."—Washington Magazine


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 743 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 432 Seiten
  • Verlag: Bantam; Auflage: Reprint (17. Juni 2003)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B000FBFNW4
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Tom Robbins is a miracle! 28. Juli 2000
I don't know how Tom Robbins does it every time. He takes disparaging concepts, merging the magical with the real, the mystical with the political, and somehow creates something which is indescribably glorious. In his pages nothing is sacred and nothing profane. Impossible to describe, he makes a universe out of chaos. I can recommend this book but how to explain what it is about? An artist marries her sweetheart and moves to NYC where politics threaten her personal and marital life. A spoon, a sock, a shell, and a stick on an exodus. A religious fanatic who would bring in the second coming asap. And a Jew and an Arab and a glorious dancer, skinny legs and all, seduce the reader into a roller coaster ride of ecstatic sensible nonsense.
Tom Robbins is my favorite drug!
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Tom Robbins tackles the same subjects in every book from Roadside to Frog's Pajamas: the closemindedness of modern man, the relentless hypocrisy of the JudeoChristian faith, the squandering of the world's mystery & mysticism, and of course gratuitous and non-plot enhancing kinky sex. Fortunately for Robbins (and us), he always dresses the same ideas in snazzy new clothing. The charcaters are strong and well-developed. The heroine is sweet & lusty (as all Robbins' heroines are), Boomer is a great character as are Can 'o' Beans and his animated inanimate company and the 2 resturanteurs. Even the villain of the piece, Rev. Buddy Winkler, is more than a 1 dimensional crazy preacher stereotype. The plot also whisks along with unexpected twists & turns. The novel only lapses when it dwells too long on the endless revelations. I've read all of Robbins' books. I get the message, stick to the story.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Timeless masterpiece with unforgettable characters 29. Dezember 1999
I first read this book about three years ago and was very impressed with Tom Robbins ability to combine humor, beat-generation style prose, and well aimed pot-shots at not one but three of the worlds major patriarchal religions all at once. With all of the current hype about the new millenium and the doomsayers predicting the coming of Armageddon this book is a hilarious adventure that takes you from a New York restaurant run by a peace-nik Arab and a Jew with a shoe fetish, to the war-torn streets of Jerusalem, with hilarious stops inbetween to visit with a religious silver spoon, a philosophic can of beans, and a red-neck dirty purple sock. An adventure not to be missed!
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Klug & humorvoll 14. September 2004
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Robbins schafft es mit seiner zunächst gewöhnungsbedürftigen, mit unerwarteten Metaphern angereicherten Erzählung über den Nahostkonflikt und das Wesen der Kunst mehrere scheinbar unzusammenhängende Themen auf äußerst unterhaltsame und lehrreiche Weise zu verquicken.
Hat man sich erst einmal eingelesen, ist Robbins bilderreiche Sprache ein Genuss. Lesenswert.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen whimsical, musical, and independent 6. Juli 2000
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I have read several books by Tom Robbins, but this is my favorite so far. What most impresses me is the way Robbins uses language: being a writer myself, I constantly search for the right word and being a lover of alliteration, rhyme, meter, and metaphor, I am drawn to Tom Robbins' work because of the pictures he, uh, draws with words. Also, being a bit unconventional myself and never (even as a child when I was told by the rabbis at the private school I attended as well as my childhood peers the truth I was to believe) buying into what I saw as a limited representation of the Divine, I could relate to the revelations in this book.
Other reviewers had stated that Ellen Cherry is unlike most women in that she truly enjoys her body, but I believe that more and more women today are shunning the media's assertion of what constitutes (and some actresses and models are doing the same!) beauty (physical and otherwise) and many of us do revel in the bodies we received at birth. I didn't see Tom Robbins reducing women to body parts until the Dance of the Seven Veils and that was intentional in revealing the seven Mysteries.
A comment about the statement that Robbins ignores the fact that Gods and Goddesses reigned together in the past: I don't think Tom Robbins denies this at all (the final sculpture combines the feminine and masculine), but the masculine aspect of divinity, the God aspect, had never been killed or forgotten. He's alive and well and living in many many countries. However, the Goddess has been killed and mostly forgotten and people who worship the feminine aspect of divinity are often repudiated. Some of my friends are closet pagans because they do worship both the masculine and feminine. Robbins, I believe, recognizes this.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Unique And Sweeping 22. Juni 2000
It took me three times to get past the first ten pages of this book. The third time's a charm, however, this is an amazing read. Hilarious and well-informed, metaphorical and provocative. I'm not sure if I need to read any other Tom Robbins books, this one was too good.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Robbins is SO unfair and HATES women 19. Juni 2000
Tom Robbins must be a total fool to create a female character who is actually satisfied with her body, knows it intimately, and isn't ashamed to pursue pleasure with it. And, geez, I can't believe he had the audacity to go on and on about goddesses without giving male gods their fair share of commentary because, as we all know, there hasn't been nearly enough talk about THEM.
Seriously now...Skinny Legs and All is a wonderful book with many flawed characters whom we love just for that reason. Ellen Cherry's mama lays down the difference between being "naked" and being "nekkid". We learn why things (a.k.a. inanimate objects) are never where we left them. And if you've ever wondered which is more important: sex or football, you may find the answer here.
Most importantly, if you remember ever wishing you could BE in a book, this is the book to bring that feeling back again.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen My Body is Whole
There seemed to me to be two underlying problems in the entire book. The first problem being Tom Robbin's total misunderstanding of the female sexuality from a woman's perspective. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 9. Mai 2000 von Diane
5.0 von 5 Sternen Hooked
This was my first Tom Robbins book, so at first I found the self-consciously clever metaphors and phrases tiresome, but after 50 pages or so I was hooked, looking forward to the... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 3. Mai 2000 von K. Mohnkern
5.0 von 5 Sternen A very thought provoking book
I loved the way this book poked holes in many of the so called "universal or absolute truths" that we have come to accept by simply shining the light of history on them. Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 22. April 2000 veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen So entertaining and also thought provoking
This book had me constantly intrigued...even when I was not reading it, I was sort of preoccupied thinking about the characters' quirks and actions. Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 8. März 2000 veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen So entertaining and also thought provoking
This book had me constantly intrigued...even when I was not reading it, I was sort of preoccupied thinking about the characters' quirks and actions. Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 8. März 2000 veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen WOW!
You must read this book. What a magical wordsmith
Am 9. Februar 2000 veröffentlicht
4.0 von 5 Sternen If you like this check out The 2nd Greatest Story Ever Told
This book was so good it got a bizzare reference in Gorman Bechard's book The Second Greatest Story Ever Told.
If you like Tom Robbin's style check out this other book. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 19. Januar 2000 von James R. Reddington
5.0 von 5 Sternen Armageddon And All
I just finished reading this book last night and had to write something about it. How exciting it was to be reading a novel that spit in the face of Armageddon as we crossed over... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 6. Januar 2000 von Paul Larochelle
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