Wild Ducks Flying Backward

Wild Ducks Flying Backward

The Short Writings of Tom Robbins

Book - 2005
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Known for his meaty seriocomic novels, Tom Robbins's shorter work has appeared in publications ranging from Esquire to Harper's , from Playboy to the New York Times . Collected here for the first time in paperback, the essays, articles, observations--and even some untypical country-music lyrics--offer a rare overview of the eclectic sensibility of an American original.

Whether rocking with the Doors, depoliticizing Picasso's Guernica, lamenting the angst-ridden state of contemporary literature, or drooling over tomato sandwiches and a species of womanhood he calls "the genius waitress," Tom Robbins's briefer writings exhibit the five traits that perhaps best characterize his novels: an imaginative wit, a cheerfully brash disregard for convention, a sweetly nasty eroticism, a mystical but keenly observant eye, and an irrepressible love of language. Embedded in this primarily journalistic compilation are brand-new short stories, a sheaf of largely unpublished poems, and an offbeat assessment of our divided nation. Wherever you open Wild Ducks Flying Backward , you'll encounter the serious playfulness that percolates from the mind of a self-described "romantic Zen hedonist" and "stray dog in the banquet halls of culture."
Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, 2005.
ISBN: 9780553383539
Branch Call Number: 818 ROBBI
Characteristics: xi, 255 pages ; 22 cm


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Mar 29, 2016

Skinny Legs And All is one of my favorite books, also thoroughly enjoyed Jitterbug Perfume, Even Cowgirls, Half Asleep, etc... this collection was hit and miss for me. Found myself skipping pages at a time. However, some of the pieces were spot on!

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