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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam; Reissue edition (April 1, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553349481
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553349481
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.7 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (123 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,420 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

It's clear that when Robbins sits down to write, he has one thing on his mind: having himself some fun. I read Another Roadside Attraction, years ago, then immediately went back to the beginning of the book and read it again. Robbins holds nothing back in this, his first novel. It's a perfect introduction to the Robbins oeuvre of oddness.

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"Written with a style and humor that haven't been seen since Mark Twain . . . it is a prize."--Los Angeles Times


“Hard to put down because of the sheer brilliance and fun of the writing. The sentiments of Brautigan and the joyously compassionate omniscience of Fielding dance through the pages garbed colorfully in the language of Joyce.”—Rolling Stone

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Tom Robbins has a wonderful writing style and a creative mind.
Heather
If I sound like I'm getting off base here, rest asssured, all of this will make sense when you read the book.
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It made for an interesting juxtaposition of characters, scenery, and circumstance!
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54 of 60 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 21, 1999
Format: Paperback
This is my favorite book of all time. I think that the four main characters are absolutely perfect, the way they are written. You can't get more interesting and original. In fact, I consider Amanda to be the greatest fictional character I have ever read about in a novel. Just brilliantly written.
The dialogue is fantastic, and story line and description of the whole book is just perfect. The first time I read this book, I was sitting out front of one of my classrooms with about 15 minutes to kill, so I figured I'd start reading this book that a friend of mine loaned me. When I looked up at the clock after taking a break from the pages, I realized that it was 3 hours later. This book totally captivated me, and I think I have lent that same copy to at least 20 different people over the years, and every one of them agreed with a full heart.
It the single, greatest recommendation I have ever recieved. You have to read it!!!!! Thank you, Mr. Robbins for writing it. I'm totally serious.
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45 of 50 people found the following review helpful By David Lister on August 3, 2000
Format: Paperback
Fans of Tom Robbins' more recent work will enjoy going back and taking a look at his first novel, Another Roadside Attraction.
From page one, the reader will note that the author's writing style is fully formed, fat, juicy, and full of snap. There are several little stories going on, but the one I like best goes something like this.
A former college football player, banished from organized football after a carnal episode with his coach's wife, is hiking through the wet wilderness of Olympic National Park. He comes upon a murdered Catholic monk with a letter of introduction. Stealing the monk's clothes and assuming his identity, he continues on the path until he arrives at what was to be the monk's destination: a completely unknown monastary that serves as a training ground for the Vatican hit squad. Passing himself off as the murdered monk, he soon finds himself transferred to duty at the Vatican where, after some time, he is able to use the confusion created by a rather severe earthquake to sneak his way into the lowest, off-limits section of the Vatican catacombs. Who's body he finds, and what happens after that? Read the book.
Five big stars for this one!
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Heather on May 2, 2003
Format: Paperback
This is my favourite book ever, and definitely my favourite Tom Robbin's book. Hilarious and entertaining on a surface level, and an insightful and unique perspective into philosophy and sociology (yes, I know it's just fiction).
Tom Robbins has a wonderful writing style and a creative mind. If you like unique books (how about ninja assassin Catholic monks or missplaced messiahs?), this is for you.
I had this book stolen (hope the thief liked it), but liked it so much I purchased it a second time.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 20, 1999
Format: Paperback
Wherever you are, Tom Robins, it's been way too long.
At the time I read "Roadside" I was a frequent book reviewer for a large newspaper and I was so acutely bored with almost every word I had been reading that I really was on the verge of giving up on fiction.
Although I would never admit it then, I think I fashioned my review to make it clear to anyone who might read it that they would live an unfulfilled life it they did not read this book at least twice... once in the bathtub with a scotch and water to keep them warm.
I am convinced, now, that the aged online term ROFL (Rolling On The Floor Laughing) was created to describe this wonderful book of yours. Some crazed Tom Robins lover coined the phrase, I am sure, and it was ultimately picked up on CIS and FIDO and RIME, and probably even the internet of the day. Even if it wasn't, in my life -- once I had outgrown Huey, Dewey and Louie -- there really wasn't much reason for the term to exist before this book.
You whittle language, bang it around, smother it, soothe it, lavish love on it, twist it, make it alive, revere it, and make me weep with laughter. I have to have more.
Not long after I read this book, on a long trip from Detroit to Washington D.C., I read every word of Still Life with Woodpecker aloud to the most wonderful woman as she took her turn driving. There were times she almost had to pull off the road, she was laughing so hard at your crazed bomber. And that can be trouble on the beltway, as I am sure you know.
So, the point of this is that I have reached the point in my life where I need more wacky... my soul needs more wacky. There just hasn't been enough, lately, and without some, soon, my sense of the beauty of crazed writing might is sure to wither away.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Mike Stone on June 18, 2000
Format: Paperback
To those of you who've tried to digest Robbins and failed, I offer gentle encouragement: keep trying. Most of the people I know who are now avid Robbins readers began that life baffled and confused by his prose. I include myself in that group. But after trying and giving up and trying and giving up several times, all of the sudden something clicks and you realize that he is a literary samurai.
I enjoy Robbins because he is able to fulfill my two main criteria for an awesome book: skilled witty prose, and propulsive storytelling. His epic powers of similie and metaphor neatly take care of the first, and his stories -- which cannot and should not be summarized -- are mind bogglingly freaked-out and yet perfect in their own inherent logic. Another Roadside Attraction is his first, so he may be a bit more verbose than usual, but damn if I'd take Tom being too wordy and juvenile over any other author at his/her peak.
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