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Still Life With Woodpecker


Publisher:Bantam, 1981



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David Hartzheim's review May 02, 14 4 of 5 stars Read from April 12 to May 02, 2014 Take a couple dozen or so running gags that have several hundred punchlines, add a liberal dose of rum-logic philosophy and you get the basic structure of Still Life With Woodpecker. Tom Robbins is a sit-down comedian with mostly good material. Maybe his schtick would get old, but he knows how to keep throwing in zingers at just the right times. Besides, how could you not like a writer who comes up with similes like "as ruddy and indiscreet as a plastic sack full of hickeys," " ...the stars were as wild as popcorn" and "...a bird full of berry pulp is like an Italian full of pathos." If Kurt Vonnegut is the modern-day Mark Twain then Tom Robbins is the modern-day Groucho Marx. Nothing is too sacred to take a swipe at it, in fact the more sacred the better the target. Robbins' musings tell the story of Princess Leigh-Cheri, member of a deposed royal family living in the rainy, blackberry-covered vicinity of Seattle. Leigh-Cheri finds the love of her life in the form of Bernard Mickey Wrangle (the Woodpecker), a bomb toting outlaw whose favorite word is "Yum." The exploits of their on-again off-again romance provide the main storyline. With the CIA, Arab Sheiks, the spawn of Yellow Beards and myriad other forces trying to separate them, the moonstruck twosome strive to achieve the seemingly impossible - to "make love stay." To sum it up, Still Life With Woodpecker is anything but simple, but at the same time, simply fun. ( Online review)

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