Skinny Legs And All

Skinny Legs And All

Book - 1995
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An Arab and a Jew open a restaurant together across the street from the United Nations...

It sounds like the beginning of an ethnic joke, but it's the axis around which spins Tom Robbins's gutsy, fun-loving, and alarmingly provocative new novel, in which a bean can philosophizes, a dessert spoon mystifies, a young waitress takes on the New York art world, and a rowdy redneck welder discovers the lost god of Palestine--while the illusions that obscure humanity's view of the true universe fall away, one by one, like Salome's veils.

Skinny Legs and All deals, in Robbins's audacious manner, with today's most sensitive issues: race, politics, marriage, art, religion, money, and lust. It weaves lyrically through what some call the "end days of our planet. Refusing to avert its gaze from the horrors of the apocalypse, it also refuses to let the alleged end of the world spoil its mood. And its mood is defiantly upbeat.

In the gloriously inventive Tom Robbins style, here are characters, phrases, stories, and ideas that dance together on the page, wild and sexy, like Salome herself.

Or was it Jezebel?
Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, 1995.
Edition: Bantam trade pbk. ed.
ISBN: 9780553377880
0553377884
Characteristics: 422 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.

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YPRL_MANDM Nov 28, 2013

I'm a huge Tom Robbins fan and this book is vintage Tom. Like all his books, it makes you want to eat life. It's quirky, funny and life-philosophical and a complete pleasure to read. Read it even just to marvel at Robbins' uncanny ability to avoid cliches and replace them with his own incantations.

tloeppky Mar 28, 2012

I'd like to add my accolades. I agree with the other reviewers. This is a must read book. It's a great story filled with fabulous characters and provocative ideas and hilarious scenarios. Who knew Palestine is named after a hermaphrodic mule god.

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Jennmro
Feb 09, 2011

Easily one of my favorite books of all time. One to read again and again.

daymakerdave Nov 22, 2010

I have probably read this book more times than any other. I love the story and the language that Robbins uses. It's poetic and playful and full of classic Robbins imagery. If you have never read any of his works this is the book I recomend to start with.

coffeecup Nov 10, 2010

fanciful and imaginative

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