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Another Roadside Attraction by Tom Robbins
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Mar 31, 2009

really liked it
Read in March, 2009

What do you get when you take a teenage hippy, a magician, a hot dog stand, and a mysterious Corpse? ...Probably something involving the law, but in the mind of Tom Robbins this unlikely combination arrives to unleash a Catholicism-crippling truth.

Robbins' first novel is less obscure than his later ones; you won't find barely recognizable metaphors in Another Roadside Attraction, but the drawn-out speeches on religion, truth, and humanity are front and center throughout. The novel switches haphazardly halfway through from third person narrative to first person singular; delightful, certainly, but our new narrator bogs the story down with his personal conundrums. The book would be a smoother read without the narrative switch; of course, when did Tom Robbins ever opt for smooth?

It's well worth reading in order to learn a little bit about Robbins' style, which hasn't changed significantly since Another Roadside Attraction was published in the '70s, but if you're looking for sheer entertainment, take Even Cowgirls Get the Blues on out of your bookshelf, podner, because this one just ain't it.

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