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B Is For Beer

3.33 of 5 stars 3.33  ·  rating details  ·  4,002 ratings  ·  445 reviews
C’era una volta (più o meno oggi) un pianeta (il nostro, forse?) i cui abitanti consumavano ogni anno 136.260.000.000 di litri di birra (è vero, potete controllare su Google). In questo mondo di bollicine, rutti e schiuma viveva una bambina intelligente, vivace e avventurosa che frequentava l’asilo. Il suo nome era Gracie. Con lei c’erano la sua mamma distratta, il suo ins ...more
Published (first published April 21st 2009)
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Amanda
I see you. Yes, you. The Tom Robbins fan. Quit making that face. Yank out the wedgie. Relax, man! This two-star rating bears no reflection on YOU. I’m not giving YOU two stars. I’m not even giving Tom Robbins two stars. It’s just that B is for Beer is terribly disappointing. I mean, you see the cover, right? Look at it! Look how totally awesome and retro it looks, right? You see the Simpson-esque largesse of the stein, with a hoard of dance-happy (overly long-armed) adults surrounding? They’re l ...more
Sharon
I'd forgotten how much I love Tom Robbins. His quirky sense of humor is as refreshing as a cold ...Diet Coke --sorry, I'm not a beer drinker :) But the book is funny--and insightful.

There are some great quotes here. Some of my favorites:

"You know what the game of golf is, don't you? It's basketball for people who can't jump and chess for people who can't think."

"Every time a person goes to the mall, she loses a little piece of her soul."

There's a warning from the Beer Fairy to Gracie:
"When cons
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Jeanette  "Astute Crabbist"
D is for Dumb, Desperate, and Disappointing Drivel!
You know a book is really bad when it's only 125 pages long and you can't even get halfway through it.
I gave this one a whirl just to see what ol' Tom Robbins had been doing this past couple of years. Now I know. D is for Drinking too much beer. And it's also for Dead brain cells, of which you will need a lot if you hope to enjoy this pile of Dung.
Elizabeth
B is for Beer is a fairy tale about beer, two things I have great fondness for. I love the idea of fairies and magic and happily ever afters. I also love beer. That said, this book was a win-win for this reader. Yes, the humor is a forced clever in a Lake Wobegon, NPR sort of way, but that shouldn't be an issue if you are choosing to read a book called B is for Beer whose main characters are a 6 year old girl, her philosopher uncle and the Beer Fairy.
Cindy
May 08, 2009 Cindy rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Tom Robbins is still a genius!!! The only problem with this book is in keeping with the statement on the cover (A children's book for grown-ups, a grown up book for children) it is far too short. On the satisfaction meter though, it is right up there with a cold brew on a hot afternoon, after all the chores are done. Just sit back and say "Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh"

If you haven't already bought it, and even if you have, Powells is offering signed editions, and since it is unlikely Tom is going to tour f
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Olga Zbranek Biernátová
Pivní víla byla dost epic. Kaiser ji dal na jedničku :-D
Snotchocheez
What is up with my favorite humorist authors trying their hand at "SOMETHING NEW" ??? I attribute my love of reading today to Tom Robbins' ascerbic wit in the 80s and 90s, evidenced with terrific novels like "Still Life With Woodpecker", "Even Cowgirls Get The Blues", "Jitterbug Perfume", "Skinny Legs and All", et.al. All of his novels have been irreverent, off-kilter, thought-provoking laugh-fests (for me, anyway). Mr. Robbins has never been a prolific writer, but about every four or five ye ...more
Mike Clinton
From Amazon.com
"Yes, believe it or not--but B Is for Beer is also a book for adults, and bear in mind that it's the work of maverick bestselling novelist Tom Robbins, internationally known for his ability to both seriously illuminate and comically entertain.

Once upon a time (right about now) there was a planet (how about this one?) whose inhabitants consumed thirty-six billion gallons of beer each year (it's a fact, you can Google it). Among those affected, each in his or her own way, by all th
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Ann
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Jen
I went to see Tom Robbins read from his new children's book B Is for Beer last night and it was pretty hilarious. He saw a cartoon with a publisher and writer in a bar, and the publisher says something to the writer along the lines of, "No, I don't think a children's book about beer would sell." Robbins saw it as a brilliant challenge, and the resulting book is in children's book form but is definitely for adults - aside from all of the rhapsodizing about beer, a 5-year-old gets drunk and later ...more
Melody
Robbins uses some of the most muscular and flexible language I've ever read. His sentences are so finely crafted that each gleams. His skewed vision combined with his rarefied prose can make it difficult to notice when there's something missing. It's my opinion that as beautiful as this book is, it's also pedantic at its core. In a boring way.

Also, the spacing

of the prose

reminds me of term papers


which needed to be exactly 40 pages long.


It is worth reading for the joyful, playful, ebullient goofi
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Sue
Had difficulty rereading his earlier books, but enjoyed this one. Bob, this one's for you! :)
Jade
A very weird tale between a young child's intrigue at beer and the impact of this substance in her life. There is also a very weird middle bit with the beer fairy (yes the beer fairy!) explaining how beer is made.

A sweet quick read, but a book with no depth, no real storyline and given it's randomness, just a bit weird. The supposed humour of the book doesn't even exist and Gracie is strangely the most advanced 6 year old I've ever heard of in my life.

If you're stuck in a waiting room with 30 mi
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Brian
It would have been hard for me to not love this book. Tom Robbins? Check. Beer? Check. A protagonist just like my daughter? Check. So there you have it, I loved it. Robbins' ode to the wonder of beer through the eyes of a five/six-year-old girl won me over from page one. Throw in hilarious characters like the Beer Fairy and Uncle Moe, and I think you just might like it too. And even if you don't, it'll only eat up at most a couple of hours of your time.
Clare
I'm not sure quasi-children's books are the best outlet for Tom Robbins' writing style. More often than not, his linguistic acrobatics and wink-wink-nudge-nudge jokes were distracting and annoying rather than humorous. Not to mention they didn't really do much to jazz up the frankly quite boring process of making beer. I'd rather learn the facts on a standard-issue brewery tour—at least they give you free beer at the end.
Adam
When little 5 year old Gracie drinks a bit too much beer, she meets the beer fairy, and a whole new world and view of life open up to her.

This brief ode to altered consciousness is a delight to read.

Described on its cover as both "A grown-up book for children" and "A children's book for adults", I feel that this brief novel is more of the latter than the former.
Христо Блажев
Той ще ме цака с детска бира?!: http://knigolandia.info/book-review/b...

Напълно разбирам, че от време на време някой писател иска да си начеше крастата и агентът и световните му издатели, хъката-мъката, трябва да се примирят с това. “Б като бира” е нещо от тоя тип, макар и да има известно очарование в идеята и написването на забавна книга за бирата, насочена към детската аудитория, но просто от автор като Том Робинс очаквам малко повече от няколко добри каламбура. Последното прозвуча като да съм
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Craig Masten
Well, I've just finished "B is for Beer," another typical Tom Robbins book, but of course there is nothing typical and lots that is extraordinary about everything tom robins writes. Subtitled "a children's book for grown-ups" and also "A grown-up book for children." it's a primer of everything you ever want to know about beer with a heady helping of the meaning of life. I couldn't put the book down, and finished it with the combination of laughter, amazement and courage to face the slings and ar ...more
Eric Dirker
This is pretty much exactly what I expected. There are a lot of people who are whining that it is not up to Mr. Robbins's usual standard. The cover does not say " a novel by Tom Robbins." It says a children's book. There was that same sly humor and dazzling display of wordsmanship that we all hope Mr. Robbins will sprinkle in his writing like magic fairy dust. It was a rapturous ode to the beauty and mystery of beer. I especially like the nod he gives to Jack Kerouac at the end.

Instead of compl
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Rebecca
Ughgh, I thought this book was very lame. Maybe I would have liked it a tiny bit more if I had read it rather than listened to the audiobook, but I doubt it. S is for Stupid.
Conina
This is my first Tom Robbins's book, and I had somewhat high expectations. But in the end, I couldn't find anything interesting, I wouldn't consider it a child book (as stated on the back), nor a book for grown-ups (as, too, stated on the back). At first, I thought that this was good, but reading it I found nothing to amuse me, make me laugh or sad... In fact the beer facts would be useful to someone who loves beer and has never had interest in its making (if such people even exist). I may give ...more
James
Well, for much of the book I felt the old word shaman was just not doing it for me this time. But I persevered and it was worth it. You gotta love a guy who describes humans as “meat waves of possibility”, and the sometimes hint of wonder experienced in the infinitesimal space between not enough and too much beer as “the face everybody shared before they were born. . “. B is for Beer also clearly addressed the serious problems associated with beer and other substances in a manner suitable for “a ...more
Мила
Като "Чарли и шоколадовата фабрика", но с бира. И без Уили Уонка.
Michael Seidlinger
I like beer.

Can't say the same about this book.
Trisha
"We'll meet again someday," the Beer Fairy had prophesied."The ordinary world is only the foam on top of the real world, the deeper world - and someday you and I will meet again."

Ugh, this was awful. Set up to be funny, I'm sure, I just found the book annoying simple and nothing I would hand my kids. Not my 10 year old (should she REALLY be reading a book with a big beer on the front?!) Nor my teen (see previous reason) but as an adult, this was just boring and for being so short, it felt like i
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Tim
This is HILARIOUS! Review in a couple days.

(several days later; actually finished it the next day, but I get a bit distracted) Quick, funny but deep read, all about, yup, BEER! All told through the eyes of a 5 - then - six-year-old girl Gracie Perkel. Her introduction to this quaff amidst the rather dysfunctional family (of which her Uncle Moe becomes the hero of the piece, although I shan't give away just how; too much fun to discover it for yourself). Well, a fairy from "the other side of the
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Dan
Tom Robbins is always worth reading.

His story's tagline accurately describes it: "A Children's Book for Grown-ups" or "A Grown-up Book for Children".

Gracie Perkel is 5 going on 6. She wonders about the beer her father seems to consume incessantly. Like most children, she is perceptive enough and smart enough to realize things are tense in her home. Her parents don't really get along and her father makes many unkept promises. Unfortunately, no one acknowledges her concerns in an intelligent mann
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Patriciahoperose
"I'm only labeling it an 'element,' understand, because it doesn't fall into the category of animal or vegetable or mineral. It disobeys the laws of physics and it moons the rules of logic, just as the two of us have been doing today, actually, although you seem to have taken it completely in stride. What is it? Some people call it transcendence, some used to call it magic...before that word got used up."

"He's wrong, isn't he? Because almost every child between the ages of, say, three and twelve
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Ken
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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.

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