This book was recommended to me by a substitute teacher when I was a junior in high school. I had a crush on him and would have read anything he recommended. It took me months to get through and I didn't "get" half of it. But I loved it anyway. Then I read it again a few years later and truly understood the genius that is Tom Robbins. This is a fabulous story. If you only read one Tom Robbins book in your life, let it be this one. [But really, you should read them all!]
Wow... this is exactly my kind of book. Very creative, very unusual, more than a little off-kilter. If you try to describe what happens to anyone who's never read this book, they'll look at you like you're crazy. It's so inventive, so lyrical... Robbins' use of metaphor is simply brilliant, and he follows several different story lines through the book, and you can feel them all careening through the pages, knowing they're converging on a common finale. Definitely a book for open-minded adults, as the racy scenes abound, and the author skewers some long-held beliefs about history and religion. GREAT READ!
This book is from 1990, but it deals somewhat with Middle Eastern conflict, just like what's going on in the world today. Otherwise, a very different, humorous, and quirky type of book, where inanimate objects can move and have their own lives! I found it refreshingly different.
Sometimes funny, sometimes disgusting, always thought-provoking. Humour tossed with the sacred and secular equally. Tom Robbins is a must for the open-mined (and a shock for those who like to believe they are).
The best Tom Robbins book ever.