Still Life with Woodpecker

Still Life with Woodpecker Still Life With Woodpecker Is A Sort Of A Love Story That Takes Place Inside A Pack Of Camel Cigarettes It Reveals The Purpose Of The Moon, Explains The Difference Between Criminals And Outlaws, Examines The Conflict Between Social Activism And Romantic Individualism, And Paints A Portrait Of Contemporary Society That Includes Powerful Arabs, Exiled Royalty, And Pregnant Cheerleaders It Also Deals With The Problem Of Redheads

Thomas Eugene Robbins born July 22, 1936 in Blowing Rock, North Carolina is an American author His novels are complex, often wild stories with strong social undercurrents, a satirical bent, and obscure details His novel Even Cowgirls Get the Blues 1976 was made into a movie in 1993 directed by Gus Van Sant.

❮Reading❯ ➸ Still Life with Woodpecker Author Tom Robbins –
  • Paperback
  • 288 pages
  • Still Life with Woodpecker
  • Tom Robbins
  • English
  • 15 February 2019
  • 9781842430224

10 thoughts on “Still Life with Woodpecker

  1. says:

    I first read this book in 1981 or thereabouts when I was married to my first husband I had three children and felt completely trapped in a dangerously toxic, dead end relationship that I saw no way out of Still Life with Woodpecker, than anything else, is about CHOICE About using it, about the freedom it offers, and about being willing to accept the consequences for exerting it Sometimes I would be reading and have to close the book up suddenly because I couldn t handle the implications in my own life I desperately needed to make changes that I didn t know how to make, and I didn t see any way out of my life I really felt I was living in hell But I would pick the book back up, following the adventures of Princess Leigh Cherie and the outlaw Bernard Mickey Wrangle as they figure out a way to make love stay And I swear that in reading that book, I could pick myself up, dust myself off, and start over again Ultimately, reading Still Life with Woodpecker catalyzed me and helped me to find the strength to leave that relationship and save myself and my children Who could ask anything of literature than that it save your life Or at least inspire you to choose to save it

  2. says:

    Let me first tell you that I dislike modern jazz You know the type the free form kind that only musicians can appreciate I dislike it because it abandons all the structural qualities that I find appealing about old fashioned jazz and is all about technical skill What does this have to do with this book The comparison came to me early on in reading this book which I begrudgingly forced myself to finish I liken modern jazz to watching a performer masturbate musically on stage, getting off on playing his crazy stuff and proving he s really talented, but ultimately seeming to be having fun than his audience Reading Still Life with Woodpecker felt kind of like watching Tom Robbins masturbate And with the narrative flowing regularly into explicit and colorful descriptions of sexual acts, that feeling was felt in ways than normally felt about jazz musicians.The book flows in a somewhat stream of consciousness sort of way, with Robbins sometimes interrupting the narrative to bitch about his new fangled typewriter That got old for me very quickly, but apparently not for Robbins All the while I really felt like he was having a grand old time writing this That s great, that the artist is enjoying his work Let s hope that all artists get to enjoy their work But most artists can enjoy their work without me wanting to punch them in the face because of their smugness Ultimately, I guess that s what bothered me the most about this novel The smugness Having never read anything else by him, including his most famous novel, Even Cowgirls Get the Blues, I could be way off the mark here, but it really seemed to me like after the extensive acclaim from Cowgirls, he was using this novel to test the waters as to how much he could fuck around in a book and have critics still eat out of his hand Either that or he was trying too hard to write something that would be as well received as Cowgirls Not sure In any case, I know there are some people who absolutely loved this book I was no one of them I really wanted to enjoy it It sounded great There were a lot of interesting and colorful uses of the English language in the book, and interesting plot devices, but ultimately it left me cold Ice cold.

  3. says:

    Who knows how to make love stay 1 Tell love you are going to the Junior s Deli on Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn to pick up a cheesecake, and if love stays, it can have half It will stay.2 Tell love you want a memento of it and obtain a lock of its hair Burn the hair in a dime store incense burner with yin yang symbols on three sides Face southwest Talk fast over the burning hair in a convincingly exotic language Remove the ashes of the burnt hair and use them to paint a mustache on your face Find love Tell it you are someone new It will stay.3 Wake love up in the middle of the night Tell it the world is on fire Dash to the bedroom window and pee out of it Casually return to bed and assure love that everything is going to be all right Fall asleep Love will be there in the morning.

  4. says:

    I learned that if you have red hair you can write a crappy book and people will love it I could have written this book in college The jokes were forced, the premise was too ridiculous to take seriously, and the payoff was weak, weak, weak It was little than a sophmoric creative writing assignment taken, like, way too far Plus if you can t write female characters to be anything then complex sexual fantasies you should just not even try I got the sense that the lengthy passages discussing the main characters flower were written johnson in hand In fact mastubatory would be a good word to describe this crap both literary and otherwise.

  5. says:

    Reading this book is like being invited over to someone s house for dinner, and finding that they re serving you a buffet of artisanal maraschino cherries they ve made At first you re like, Oh, how whimsical Then you re like Oh, and you flavored this one with cardamom How clever of you And then you re like Oh, another one I really shouldn t and as your host just keeps piling on artisanal maraschino cherries they crafted from hand telling you how each one corresponds to an orgasm by a famous historical figure, you re like No dude seriously, this is getting fucking irritating That was this book for me No denying Robbins has a way with words, but the way is over engineered, contrived, and extremely irritating.Also, the way he writes about female genitalia grosses me out It reminds me of how an 14yo honors student virginal boy would talk about genitals Impeccably worded, very clever, and sort of clueless and icky I loves me some vulva, but am not interested in folds of saltmeat and peach with a seaweed trigger.

  6. says:

    As my lack of stars indicate, this book is ok However, the Best thing about the book is the following quote one of the most influential in my life How can one person be real than any other Well, some people do hide and others seek Maybe those who are in hiding escaping encounters, avoiding surprises, protecting their property, ignoring their fantasies, restricting their feelings, sitting out the Pan pipe hootchy kootch of experience maybe those people, people who won t talk to rednecks, or if they re rednecks won t talk to intellectuals, people who re afraid to get their shoes muddy or their noses wet, afraid to eat what they crave, afraid to drink Mexican water, afraid to bet a long shot to win, afraid to hitchhike, jaywalk, honky tonk, cogitate, osculate, levitate, rock it, bop it, sock it, or bark at the moon, maybe such people are simply inauthentic, and maybe the jackleg humanist who says differently is due to have his tongue fried on the hot slabs of Liar s Hell Some folks hide, and some folks seek, and seeking, when it s mindless, neurotic, desperate, or pusillanimous can be a form of hiding But there are folks who want to know and aren t afraid to look and won t turn tail should they find it and if they never do, they ll have a good time anyway because nothing, neither the terrible truth not the absence of it, is going to cheat them out of one honest breath of earth s sweet gas.

  7. says:

    The most important thing is love, said Leigh Cheri I know that now There s no point in saving the world if it means losing the moon Leigh Cheri sent that message to Bernard through his attorney The message continued, I m not quite 20, but, thanks to you, I ve learned something that many women these days never learn Prince Charming really is a toad And the Beautiful Princess has halitosis The bottom line is that a people are never perfect, but love can be, b that is the one and only way that the mediocre and the vile can be transformed, and c doing that makes it that Loving makes love Loving makes itself We waste time looking for the perfect lover instead of creating the perfect love Wouldn t that be the way to make love stay The next day, Bernard s attorney delivered to her this reply Love is the ultimate outlaw It just won t adhere to any rules The most any of us can do is to sign on as its accomplice Instead of vowing to honor and obey, maybe we should swear to aid and abet That would mean that security is out of the question The words make and stay become inappropriate My love for you has no strings attached I love you for free.Leigh Cheri went out in the blackberries and wept I ll follow him to the ends of the earth, she sobbed.Yes, darling But the earth doesn t have any ends Columbus fixed that Tom Robbins

  8. says:

    My favorite book of all time I used a quote from this book in my wedding vows It is funny, silly, and romantic.

  9. says:

    gotta say this is my favorite book of all time, expertly written like prose than an actual novel who can resist a book whose first sentence is if this typewriter can t do it, then fuck it, it can t be done

  10. says:

    I remember over the years, I would come across Still Life with Woodpecker every now and then in bookshops and book bazaars Each time, I would take it in my hands, read the backcover and put it back on the shelve I don t know why, although it seemed interesting to me, something always stopped me from buying it Of course I was aware of all the praise about it but that is never enough for me to want to read a book.I think I get why it became such a big success all over the world Its romantic and at the same time cynical aura can be appealing to people of both sexes But let s face it people It s not a masterpiece While it s full of cheesy themes and everyday philosophy, it lacks the ingredients that make a novel timelessly brilliant Now, I m not saying it s trash On the contrary, I found it good with moments of awesomeness And that s it In fact, I think Jitterbug Perfume is better on many levels Truth is though, had I read it when I was younger, I probably would have liked it .The humor is nice, although after a while it feels a bit forced Storywise, it lost me from time to time probably due to all the abstract blabbering I think it s clear that finally it left me with a feeling of meeehh.

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