Skinny Legs and All

Skinny Legs and All

eBook - 2003
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Tom Robbins takes on Middle Eastern politics and the frenzy of the millenium, seen through the eyes of a silver dessert spoon, a can of pork-n-beans, a dirty sock, a sacred conch shell and a centuries-old painted stick. At least partly. Robbins spends the rest of the novel mocking the New York City art scene, expounding his theories on Goddess religion and Biblical lore, and mixing up a grab-bag of Southern-fried religion and ethnic entrepreneurship. The action revolves around Ellen Cherry Charles and Boomer Petway, newlyweds en route from Seattle to the art scene of New York City in an Airstream turkey. Unfortunately, art doesn't bode well for the couple, and wedded bliss soon becomes a wedded mess. Boomer runs off to Jerusalem, where he can weld to his heart's content, while Ellen Cherry takes up waitressing at Isaac and Ishmael's, a restaurant owned by an Arab and a Jew. (Talk about bad ethnic jokes!). But the fun doesn't stop there. Events begin to escalate when a pock-faced Virginian evangelist, intent on rebuilding the Third Temple and ushering in the Second Coming (even if he has to do it by himself), comes to town, and a young Middle-Eastern nursing student named Salome bumps and grinds to the mind-altering Dance of the Seven Veils. In fact, New York City may become more of a war zone than the Holy City itself.
Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, 2003
Edition: Bantam trade pbk. reissue
ISBN: 9780553897937
0553897934
Branch Call Number: PS3568.O233 S55 2003x
Characteristics: 1 downloadable text file
Uniform Title: Skinny legs & all

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YPRL_MANDM Nov 28, 2013

I'm a huge Tom Robbins fan and this book is vintage Tom. Like all his books, it makes you want to eat life. It's quirky, funny and life-philosophical and a complete pleasure to read. Read it even just to marvel at Robbins' uncanny ability to avoid cliches and replace them with his own incantations.

tloeppky Mar 28, 2012

I'd like to add my accolades. I agree with the other reviewers. This is a must read book. It's a great story filled with fabulous characters and provocative ideas and hilarious scenarios. Who knew Palestine is named after a hermaphrodic mule god.

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Jennmro
Feb 09, 2011

Easily one of my favorite books of all time. One to read again and again.

daymakerdave Nov 22, 2010

I have probably read this book more times than any other. I love the story and the language that Robbins uses. It's poetic and playful and full of classic Robbins imagery. If you have never read any of his works this is the book I recomend to start with.

coffeecup Nov 10, 2010

fanciful and imaginative

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