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  • Gebundene Ausgabe: 384 Seiten
  • Verlag: Ecco (27. Mai 2014)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 006226740X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062267405
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 15,2 x 3,1 x 22,9 cm
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  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 75.112 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)

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“Robbins continues to embody Zen coolness and bohemian charm.” (Booklist (starred review))

“Robbins carries us along a magical wonder tour in this high-flying, Zen koan-like, and cinematic tour of some of the episodes in his journey through space and time. ” (Publishers Weekly (starred review))

“[Readers] will enjoy this peek into the intelligently goofy and always fertile mind of this inventive writer... a fitting cap to a sui generis career, equally satisfying in short installments or read straight through.” (Kirkus Reviews)

“Memoir or not, the form suits Robbins’s digressive style, philosophical musings, and self-deprecating humor. Each piece stands on its own, but when read side by side they develop into a powerful argument about magic and the necessity of imaginative, interior worlds.” (Library Journal (starred review))

“Perhaps the only aspect more impressive than Robbins’s ability to imbue a lifetime of interesting anecdotes with an additional layer of introspection is his trademark style [...]earthy and conversational yet simultaneously intellectual. Fans and newcomers alike will guffaw and marvel at this most extraordinary life (Shelf Awareness)

“[Tibetan Peach Pie] bursts with enough joie de vivre to bewitch even the most present-shock-imprisoned 28-year-old and to snag the rest of us with Robbins’ far-out, feel-good sensibility and trademark helical, world-happy prose.” (Elle)

Tibetan Peach Pie is a late, welcome gift from a philosopher-novelist who continues to believe in the transformative qualities of ‘novelty, beauty, mischief and mirth’ - qualities apparent on every page of this lively, large-hearted book.” (Washington Post)

Tibetan Peach Pie is a gift to his fans, the story of a man who had the sense to follow where his imagination led… How lucky for his readers that we got to tag along for the ride.” (Seattle Times)

“The author of such off-kilter bestsellers as Still Life with Woodpecker has written a rollicking reminiscence of his Appalachian upbringing, his spiral through the psychedelic ‘60s, and his unconventional path to literary stardom.” (O magazine)

“Beautiful... Robbins has never met a pun, a blissfully crooked analogy, a magician’s bit of verbal trickery that he didn’t love… He knows words the way a pool hustler knows chalk.” (NPR Books (Online Review))

“As in his many novels, [Tibetan Peach Pie] is buoyed by a palpable sense of the fun Robbins is having with language, in all of its rhythmic and poetic possibilities.” (BiographileBiographile)

“Wacky, wonder-filled… The fiction master of our times, Thomas Pynchon, once called Robbins a brain-dazzling ‘world-class storyteller.’ Now in his 80s, he still is, even in telling his own story.” (USA Today (Online Review))

“Hallucinatory and conversational… intertwined with many fun and interesting tales... This is what happens when you let Tom run.” (Slate)

“If you’ve read any of his quirky best-sellers, such as Even Cowgirls Get the Blues, you’ll scarf down this account of Robbins’ Appalachian childhood, his life on the wild, wonderful West Coast in the 1960’s and his world travels.” (AARP Magazine)

“He’s never lost that voice, and it’s the star of this memoir.” (Tampa Bay Times)

“Robbins is king of the sidewinder simile, the mixologist’s metaphor. No other popular writer of our time depends as he does on pure verbal dazzle, or delivers as reliably on the deal.” (Seattle Weekly)

“Haphazardly ricocheting-but without exception entertaining.” (Bookish.com)

“Robbins writes beautifully… In works of pure imagination, like his novels, his style suits the material… A damned satisfying trip to the moon.” (Santa Fe Pasa Tiempo)

“Charmingly offbeat… unconventionally literary. [Robbins] excels at compositional oddity, brandishing the creative and the humorous… [Tibetan Peach Pie] is an amusement park of allusions and madcap stories.” (Daily Californian)

“For the lover of words and wordplay, humor, and creative and high flying imagination, there is no contemporary writer any better.” (San Francisco Book Review)

“A perfect bookend to Tom Robbins’ oeuvre, an opportunity to finally catch a glimpse behind this magician’s curtain.” (About.com)

“At his best, Robbins writes prose that flows like he’s having a blast putting it all down as fast as he can think it.” (Houston Chronicle)

Tibetan Peach Pie is vintage Robbins. It’s pyrotechnic in language, labyrinthine in logic, daunting in voice, threaded with his wonderfully esoteric wit… Authentically charming… profound. ” (Washington Independent Review of Books)

“Readers will enjoy immersing themselves in [Robbins’] adventuresome life, from his remarkably unsupervised childhood to his free and easy adulthood. Tibetan Peach Pie… is a welcome antidote to our current era of helicopter parenting and disciplined conformity and rules, rules, rules.” (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

“…haphazardly ricocheting--but without exception entertaining.” (Bookish)

“Fans of Tom Robbins, the person, the novelist, the introspective jokester and the gifted storyteller, will love this book. It truly is a gem.” (Portland Book Review)


Internationally bestselling novelist and American icon Tom Robbins's long-awaited tale of his wild life and times, both at home and around the globe

Tom Robbins's warm, wise, and wonderfully weird novels–including Even Cowgirls Get the Blues, Another Roadside Attraction, and Jitterbug Perfume–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 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, weaving together stories of his unconventional life–from his Appalachian childhood to his globe-trotting adventures–told in his unique voice, which 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, a soldier, a meteorologist, a radio DJ, an art-critic-turned-psychedelic-journeyman, a world-famous novelist, and a counterculture 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 Robbins is known, Tibetan Peach Pie is an invitation into the private world of a literary legend.

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1 von 1 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Denis Vukosav am 23. August 2014
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‘Tibetan Peach Pie’ written by Tom Robbins are kind of different memoirs made by this special man known all around the globe for his novels which bear unusual names such as ‘Even Cowgirls Get the Blues’, ‘Skinny Legs and All’ or ‘Fierce Invalids Home From Hot Climates’.

Just as his novels captured the hearts of readers with unusual characters and their adventures, in same way Robbins approached theme of own life, describing many known and lesser-known events of his career and private life.

While reading a confession about his life, the reader at times might feel reading another Robbins fiction, and not a true story because so many fabulous and interesting events, diverse experiences, places and people Robbins speaks about it seems somewhat unlikely that can fit in one's life.

Starting from his childhood Robbins spent in North Carolina and later Virginia, his time spent in Air Force as weatherman, his travel adventures, radio career, drugs experiments and, of course, time spent writing are just a few things from his tumultuous life because of which this 400-pages long book will fly at the moment.

So if you liked to read Tom Robbins novels, in this faction you will equally enjoy, and if you so far have not read anything of this oddball writer after reading his autobiography next in line will certainly be some of his novels.
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Von Gail Cooke am 30. Mai 2014
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
Mirthful, manic those words accurately describe a book subtitled "A True Account Of An Imaginative Life" by one of America's most quirky, irreverent storytellers. Of course, Robbins is quick to deny that it is a memoir although it reads very much like one - beginning with selling his new sunsuit for a nickel so he could buy an orange Popsicle which he happily licked while strolling home au natural. Then after a hapless attempt to rob the local bank armed with a cap pistol he's off to college where he wrote for the school paper which was edited by Tom Wolfe (yes, the Tom Wolfe).

At times one is tempted to wonder if life holds all these surprises for Robbins or Robbins simply enjoys surprising life. Whatever the case Tibetan Peach Pie is a delightful read as we follow his journey from Depression era Appalachia to the West Coast to Timbuktu and the offices of New York Publishing,

Each of the vignettes that Robbins relates is often accompanied by digression - but who minds a bit of digressing from this completely individual fellow? His mother called him Tommy Rotten - we'd call him fascinating, intriguing, shocking and laugh-out-loud funny.

- Gail Cooke
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Terrible Tom Baked the Ultimate Party Cake 27. Mai 2014
Von Gloria Mattioni - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verifizierter Kauf
I had the pleasure to read the galley copy of this book while visiting Tom Robbins in his very "imaginative" house hidden in a village in the woods north of Seattle. And it didn't take his Tarotmancer wife Alexa's insight and intuition to understand that I'd be up all night once I started to read. Talking about a page-turner! Tom's life is as crazy and as hard to believe as his plots for novels. I knew most of the stories in the book from Tom's oral storytelling over the years, but it was a delicious treat actually reading them in the beautifully crafted language that is characteristic of this soulful writer.
I appreciated every single page, from his childhood troublemaking to his passionate travels around the world, to the honesty in describing his experiments with LSD or his scarcely convinced attempts at military school and service. So, big praise to the women in Tom's life who convinced him to sit down and give us this fabulous account of his own imaginative life! This book goes a long way to stimulate and encourage the qualities I most cherish in leading a rewarding life: follow your heart and passions, be open to change and wonder, have fun (always), and never take yourself too seriously.
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One Last Ride 3. Juni 2014
Von Ogr8ys1 - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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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 Attraction, Jitterbug Perfume, or Half Asleep in Frog's Pajamas I all recommend. His last several novels Villa Incognita and Fierce Invalids showed at least this reader the power of imagination for Mr. Robbins was slowly diminishing and the only thing left to write is reality or in this case a A History of Tom.
You get the best and worst of these worlds in one book, yet somehow at the end it left me with a smile, and really what more can you ask for?
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writing is ok, but... 28. Juni 2014
Von avid reader in Chicago - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I like Tom Robbins writing style, so that is why I gave it 3 stars. However, I didn't enjoy the book a whole lot, primarily because there was a lot about him that I just didn't like. He comes across so snarky and elitist at times. In fact, it makes me not want to read the rest of his books. I've read a few and enjoyed them, but I feel this book will tarnish my chances of liking the others because his goal seems to always be to make fun of someone else or their situation. Too bad really, because he is a good writer. Important topics like parenting his sons would have been more interesting than some of his stories. I know this is a memoir, but there seems to be no real openness behind it. No true feelings. Just over and over a sense of his own greatness without regard to the destruction he likely left in his path.
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At first disappointing 16. Juni 2014
Von Paul Weener - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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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.
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Tasty Slice, But I Want a Meal 28. Mai 2014
Von Ell10tte - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Tom Robbins' new book, Tibetan Peach Pie, arrived yesterday. It's a collection of delicious little bites - vignettes from his "imaginative life" - and I'm enjoying the read. BUT it's not an immersive, transformative flight of fancy into the technicolor worlds and warped characters Robbins has created with his full-length fiction. Jitterbug Perfume honestly changed by life - opening my eyes to an alternative universe - when I read it one summer in college. I've since read everything he's written, attended his book talk for Wild Ducks Flying Backwards, and sexually propositioned him (the only author I would have sex with based purely on his writing.) I hope Robbins, now 82 years young, has another book or 10 coming... It's been a decade and I want a full meal, not just a slice of pie.
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