Skinny Legs and All by Tom Robbins

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When you can write lines such as ''She knew the dark side of the moon like the back of her hand. She shopped there,'' you should write them. But you shouldn't write them for 422 pages. Readers, after all, have other chores.
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SKINNY LEGS AND ALL:

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?


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About Tom Robbins

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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.
 
Published June 17, 2003 by Bantam. 432 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment. Fiction
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Kirkus

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Reviewed by Kirkus Reviews on Apr 09 2012

Despite a multitude of subplots, this is a novel that doesn't know where it's going until it arrives.

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NY Times

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Reviewed by JOE QUEENAN on Apr 15 2008

When you can write lines such as ''She knew the dark side of the moon like the back of her hand. She shopped there,'' you should write them. But you shouldn't write them for 422 pages. Readers, after all, have other chores.

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LA Times

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Reviewed by Tom Clark on Apr 15 2008

With this book, Robbins once again proves himself an extremely clever writer, but unfortunately also one whose uncertainties of tone and stylistic overreaching affect nearly every page.

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Reviewed by LARRY HACKETT on May 27 2008

Robbins rushes the payoff, delivering a familiar manifesto that rings hollow. His big-booted insouciance sometimes can be rude and sophomoric, particularly his insufferable metaphors involving women`s sex organs.

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