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Even Cowgirls Get the Blues Paperback – April 1, 1990
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"The best fiction, so far, to come out of the American counterculture."—Chicago Tribune Book World
“Even Cowgirls Get the Blues comes as a magical gift, a brilliant affirmation of private visions and private wishes and their power to transform life and death.” —The Nation
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Featuring Bonanza Jellybean and the smooth-riding cowgirls of Rubber Rose Ranch. Chink, lascivious guru of yams and yang. Julian, Mohawk by birth; asthmatic esthete and husband by disposition. Dr. Robbins, preventive psychiatrist and reality instructor...
Follow Sissy's amazing odyssey from Virginia to chic Manhattan to the Dakota Badlands, where FBI agents, cowgirls, and ecstatic whooping cranes explode in a deliciously drawn-out climax...
Top Customer Reviews
Maybe he just got better with age, like fine wine and aged cheese.
Maybe I just haven't read enough of Tom Robbins' books, and so haven't acquired a complete appreciation for the clever wordplay, but this one seems to be far too wordy at the expense of content and story. There are at least two chapters that unapologetically say absolutely nothing, and do not advance the story in any way.
Maybe I was just too impatient to get to the "meat" of the story, and got frustrated with the rambling.
As I said, maybe it's just me.
The characters are very Tom Robbins, especially Sissy Hanshaw, the super-sized digited ugly duckling who grew up to be a hitchhiker, model and cowgirl, the delightfully named Bonanza Jellybean, ranch boss and all cowgirl, the hygienically challenged Countess with castanets for teeth, Delores del Ruby, whip maestro and forewoman, and the Chink, pecker waving yam lover.
Parts of the story are very similar to "Jitterbug Perfume", especially if you consider the Chink as an oriental Pan, all musky and ready to rut, and compare the Clockworks tribe to the Bandaloop, both of whom possess the wisdom of the ages and are more finely attuned to nature than the rest of us.
Readers of "Still Life" will note that "O O Spaghetti O" makes about as much sense as "Ha ha ho ho and hee hee"
There's a wonderful storyline here, with our thumb-tied heroine struggling to find herself, the all cowgirl ranch, and the interrupted migration of the protected whooping cranes, but alas, it was hidden amongst the rambling passages, and I almost couldn't see the story for the words.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Tom Robbins' masterful descriptive writing and the depth of his development of the main characters commend the novel, but the story, itself, borders on fantasy. Fantasy. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Martin J. Coady
As a student of writing, I am still looking for one good sentence. Robbins, tilted and perverse, has boatloads. Though not his best imho, I am forever in his debt. Thank you Dr. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Gaelic dude
Often clever & funny ... buttttt, can't get past the dumb thumbs image!!Published 2 months ago by Carolyn Patrick
Love the book!
Too bad the cover was half an inch from being torn off.
WHAT MORE IS THERE TO SAY? TOM ROBBINS IS THE MOST INTERESTING WRITER ON THE PLANET TODAY.Published 4 months ago by JayByrd
Tom Robbins is Tom Robbins. Anyone who has reading his verbal weaving will know what to expect here. Not his best book, but certainly not his worst. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Writer