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Another Roadside Attraction by Tom Robbins
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Feb 11, 2008

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The best word for this book is choppy. It is flashes of brilliance surrounded by a multitude of metaphors that are sometimes poignant and touching, but often flat and feel as if they're there for shock value. But being that this is only Tom Robbins' first novel, you can tell how he would grow to become brilliant.
The characters are intriguing and captivating, but there were many, many times when I found myself wishing the author would stop describing their minute nuances and just get on with it already. And even when he would get on with it, he would get lost in the details of something or other and you'd be reading a laundry list of items in a room or food at a dinner when the story was right there, waiting for you. You could call it suspense, but it felt more like irritation to me.
But I feel like I'm being to harsh on this book. One of the best gauges I have for a book is how engrossing it is when I'm on train. If I forget I'm standing on a packed train and am even surprised when I get to my stop, then there is no denying that I'm completely entranced in a book. And that happened frequently with Another Roadside Attraction. The pleasure in this book was the journey, not the destination. I'm perhaps more of a destination reader, so it's not particularly my taste, but if you read for poetics over plot, then this book is brilliant.
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message 1: by Mark (new)

Mark I loved Robbins "Skinny Legs and All", sadly the other Robbins books I've read ("Cowgirls" and "Frog Pajamas") have not been as tight. Brilliant and entertaining, yes, but not great books all the same. Maybe I'll swing back around to "Roadside" someday...

message 2: by Kayla (new) - added it

Kayla I'm currently reading this book and I find it very helpful to know that its his first novel. Thanks for that info!

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