Still Life with Woodpecker

Still Life with Woodpecker Still Life with Woodpecker is a sort of a love story that takes place inside a pack of Camel cigarettes It reveals the purpose of the moon explains the difference between criminals and outlaws exami

  • Title: Still Life with Woodpecker
  • Author: Tom Robbins
  • ISBN: 9780553348972
  • Page: 406
  • Format: Paperback
  • Still Life with Woodpecker is a sort of a love story that takes place inside a pack of Camel cigarettes It reveals the purpose of the moon, explains the difference between criminals and outlaws, examines the conflict between social activism and romantic individualism, and paints a portrait of contemporary society that includes powerful Arabs, exiled royalty, and pregnantStill Life with Woodpecker is a sort of a love story that takes place inside a pack of Camel cigarettes It reveals the purpose of the moon, explains the difference between criminals and outlaws, examines the conflict between social activism and romantic individualism, and paints a portrait of contemporary society that includes powerful Arabs, exiled royalty, and pregnant cheerleaders It also deals with the problem of redheads.

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    1. I first read this book in 1981 or thereabouts when I was married to my first husband. I had three children and felt completely trapped in a dangerously toxic, dead-end relationship that I saw no way out of. Still Life with Woodpecker, more than anything else, is about CHOICE. About using it, about the freedom it offers, and about being willing to accept the consequences for exerting it. Sometimes I would be reading and have to close the book up suddenly because I couldn't handle the implications [...]

    2. Let me first tell you that I dislike modern jazz. You know the type: the free-form kind that only musicians can appreciate. I dislike it because it abandons all the structural qualities that I find appealing about old-fashioned jazz and is all about technical skill. What does this have to do with this book? The comparison came to me early on in reading this book which I begrudgingly forced myself to finish: I liken modern jazz to watching a performer masturbate musically on stage, getting off on [...]

    3. Who knows how to make love stay?1. Tell love you are going to the Junior's Deli on Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn to pick up a cheesecake, and if love stays, it can have half. It will stay.2. Tell love you want a memento of it and obtain a lock of its hair. Burn the hair in a dime-store incense burner with yin/yang symbols on three sides. Face southwest. Talk fast over the burning hair in a convincingly exotic language. Remove the ashes of the burnt hair and use them to paint a mustache on your fac [...]

    4. Πρώτη μου επαφή με βιβλίο του Τομ Ρόμπινς, τα συμπεράσματα μου είναι απλά και είναι τα εξής, λάτρεψα την αφήγηση όμως αδιαφόρησα παντελώς για την ιστορία που μου αφηγούνταν. «Ο Άλμπερ Καμυ έγραψε πως το μόνο σοβαρό ερώτημα είναι αν πρέπει ν’ αυτοκτονήσεις ή όχι.Ο Τομ Ρόμπιν [...]

    5. I learned that if you have red hair you can write a crappy book and people will love it. I could have written this book in college. The jokes were forced, the premise was too ridiculous to take seriously, and the payoff was weak, weak, weak. It was little more than a sophmoric creative writing assignment taken, like, way too far. Plus if you can't write female characters to be anything more then complex sexual fantasies you should just not even try. I got the sense that the lengthy passages disc [...]

    6. Ε, τι να πούμε Τομ Ρόμπινς.EDIT: Του είχα βάλει 4 αστέρια. Γύρισα και διάβασα όλα τα quotes που έχω αποθηκεύσει από αυτό το βιβλίο. Οκ, η αδικία διορθώθηκε.

    7. As my lack of stars indicate, this book is ok. However, the Best thing about the book is the following quote - one of the most influential in my life:"How can one person be more real than any other? Well, some people do hide and others seek. Maybe those who are in hiding--escaping encounters, avoiding surprises, protecting their property, ignoring their fantasies, restricting their feelings, sitting out the Pan pipe hootchy-kootch of experience--maybe those people, people who won't talk to redne [...]

    8. "The most important thing is love," said Leigh-Cheri. "I know that now. There's no point in saving the world if it means losing the moon."Leigh-Cheri sent that message to Bernard through his attorney. The message continued, "I'm not quite 20, but, thanks to you, I've learned something that many women these days never learn: Prince Charming really is a toad. And the Beautiful Princess has halitosis. The bottom line is that (a) people are never perfect, but love can be, (b) that is the one and onl [...]

    9. Reading this book is like being invited over to someone's house for dinner, and finding that they're serving you a buffet of artisanal maraschino cherries they've made. At first you're like, "Oh, how whimsical!" Then you're like "Oh, and you flavored this one with cardamom! How clever of you." And then you're like "Oh, another one? I really shouldn't" and as your host just keeps piling on artisanal maraschino cherries they crafted from hand telling you how each one corresponds to an orgasm by a [...]

    10. Υποσχέθηκα σήμερα το πρωί ότι αν μέχρι τα μεσάνυχτα απόψε διαβάσω λιγότερο από 10 σελίδες το παρατάω. Διάβασα 0. . . . Δεν μπορώ να πω, προσπάθησα. Και στο πλοίο το πήρα, και στο κρεβάτι το πήρα, και στο βεσέ το πήρα, αλλά που να πάρει· 5 μέρες 106 σελίδες, που ισούται με 21,2 σελίδες τη [...]

    11. My favorite book of all time. I used a quote from this book in my wedding vows. It is funny, silly, and romantic.

    12. gotta say this is my favorite book of all time, expertly written more like prose than an actual novel. who can resist a book whose first sentence is "if this typewriter can't do it, then fuck it, it can't be done!"

    13. "Non è mai troppo tardi per farsi un’infanzia felice"Strampalato, divertente, romantico, ironico, commovente, surreale, illogico e anche profondo (a suo modo). Leggere questo libro è stata una corsa a perdifiato per tenere il passo di Tom Robbins, a volte arrancando, ma sempre con un’espressione beata sul viso.Re e regine, principi azzurri bombaroli e principesse dai capelli rossi, rospi, pacchetti di Camel, macchine da scrivere saputelle, lunacezione… e su tutto, sotto tutto, dentro tut [...]

    14. I remember over the years, I would come across Still Life with Woodpecker every now and then in bookshops and book bazaars. Each time, I would take it in my hands, read the backcover and put it back on the shelve. I don't know why, although it seemed interesting to me, something always stopped me from buying it. Of course I was aware of all the praise about it but that is never enough for me to want to read a book.I think I get why it became such a big success all over the world. Its romantic an [...]

    15. Edit, Jan 2013: Funny story, I'm one of those people who totally loves Tom Robbins now, in part for a bunch of the reasons that I decided I didn't like him originally. What can I say, tastes change, and I've come to respect him a ton--in part, for his incredible similes/metaphors, which are worth anyone who ever wants to write picking up one of his books for.Original review:I'm not one of those people who hates or loves Tom Robbins, which I guess puts me in the minority.I'm a redhead, thus why I [...]

    16. The ninth book I read on my commute in 2007. I read this right after Ulysses, as kind of a palate-cleanser, since Tom Robbins is pretty far from James Joyce. But I kept thinking as I read this one about how both it and Ulysses were so very much products of their respective times - Ulysses of Ireland in the 1930s, and Still Life with Woodpecker of the U.S. in the 1970s.The example that amused me the most is that, in SLWW, a certain famous figure is held up with great reverence and love and that [...]

    17. When my brother gave me this book for Christmas, he told me to "drink in the writing." Or something to that effect. Whatever it was, he heaped praise on Robbins' use of language. Several people in my family had read this, or some other Tom Robbins book, and they all enthusiastically agreed that reading him was a pleasure unto itself, above and beyond the enjoyment one gets from reading the actual story. I was promised an actual Reading Experience, and that promise was fulfilled in spades.Reading [...]

    18. Oh my goodness, how is that I always forget how much I love Tom Robbins? The man knows how to turn a phrase that is without equal in modern literature. If my funny bone could write love songs they would sound like him.I find it hilarious that he writes constant asides about the typewriter that he's using, the Remington SL3. I can't tell if this is because the asides are actually funny or if it's because I have a long and storied history with that same beast of a machine. When I was young, eight [...]

    19. this was the first robbins i ever read. i loved this book. the story is ridiculously wonderful. his writing style is light and fast. this is easy and fun stuff.i do love how i was introduced to this book (and to the author). the summer before i moved to dc i was living in oklahoma city, living with my best friend and working for an environmental group going door to door collecting money and signatures. we usually traveled from okc to tulsa which also meant a meal on the road. one particular day [...]

    20. I expected crazy-weird-awesome:So far it's:To sum up, I looked forward to reading this and walked away very disappointed.Not sure if I'll ever bother writing a proper review or quoting any of the god-awful similes, stupidly-inane tangents, or sententiously-prosaic truths.

    21. Tonight I feel generous. Tonight I feel enchanted by the purpose of the moon. So tonight, I will allow four glittering stars to orbit this frustrating crank of a novel. Without parroting the sensible assertions from the hundred or so Goodreaders, let me be brief and say: I agree, in part, with every criticism and praise in some small way about Robbins. I do. And yes, this book does contain sentences like:As he throbbed in her throat, pumping jet after jet of that steamy translucent mucilage with [...]

    22. 4.5 starsTom Robbins captures my mind and imagination in his quirky, eccentric, bizarre, and outlandish story of a Princess and her love interest. I actually went to the dictionary to look up the word : Quirky. "Quirky" means lovable because of your faults, not in spite of them. The perfect word for this story. Tom Robbins is in a class all his own. His humor is closely related to Carl Hiassen, Tim Dorsey, John Kennedy Toole in his classic buffoonery, "A Confederacy of Dunces." (By the way, is m [...]

    23. Tom Robbins'i bir dönem ne çok sevdim. Sonra yavan gelmeye başladı ama müthiş hayalciliği ve derinliği beni hep kendisine hayran bırakmaya devam etti Ağaçkakan da bu minvalde benim için çok özeldir

    24. "Ο παρωπιδισμός είναι μια ασθένεια όπου η αντίληψη περιορίζεται από την άγνοια και διαστρεβλώνεται από τα συμφέροντα. Προκαλείται από ένα μύκητα του οπτικού, που πολλαπλασιάζεται όταν ο εγκέφαλος είναι λιγότερο δραστήριος απ' τον εγωισμό. Παρουσιάζει επιπλοκές όταν εκτίθ [...]

    25. "‘Özgürlük kanunsuz hâle getirilince sadece kanun kaçakları özgür olacak.’ Bu, Anacortes'de görülmüş bir duvar yazısıdır ve ben bu lafa âşığım."Ben de aşığım! Bu lafa değil belki ama, genel olarak, birisine ve birçok şeylere aşığım. Ve diyorum ki aşk üzerine yazılmış en harika şeydi bu okuduğum!Tom Robbins'in bu pek ünlü, Remington SL3'ünden çıkma romanı nicedir aklımdaydı zaten, kısmet bir İstanbul-İzmir arasında okuyup bitirmekteymiş. Saç [...]

    26. Ay ışığında renklenmiş dinamit lokumlarıyla tatlanmış sıradışı bir hikayeydi. Karakterler, zaman ve mekan eğlenceli ve anlatım fazlasıyla yazara özgüydü. Keyifle okudum tavsiye ederim :)

    27. Robbins has one of the most unique narratives I've encountered. He's genuinely funny, witty, and shares a penchant for the absurd and punny. He's a wordsmith and throughout his writing one can't help but feel that he's full-force funneling a rabid faucet of clever and meaningless musings constantly streaming through his hyper-associative mind. Woodpecker is, at heart, a take on a classic fairytale story disguised in an absurd set of characters and an abnormal setting. Robbins leads one through h [...]

    28. Oh my goodness gracious where to begin with this one? This thing was nuts, absolutely crazy or was it! I don’t know. It confused me, befuddled me, induced laughter and suppressed snickers at inopportune moments, made me cringe and blush at its crudeness and lewdness (over the years I’ve heard tons of street slang describing human genitalia but never before have I heard a vagina referred to as peachfish or peachclam), pushed me to reconsider 1970s U.S. history, conjured up images of Patty He [...]

    29. I've been trying to think of how to review this book, but the only things that come to mind are metaphors for other senses it's hue saturation is high, and it's gritty, bluesey and edgy the way Led Zeppelin is Metal. The plot tends towards the absurd, which allows the story to perform some philosophical acrobatics without giving into the pedantic or pretentious. Robbins tends to express these sorts of things in dichotomy: outlaws as opposed to criminals, activism as opposed to idealism, ideas ve [...]

    30. A relative who rarely reads fiction recommended this author, so I knew he had to be good. I'll definitely read him again. Robbins manages to skewer just about every facet of American society all while developing a colorful cast of characters who manage to become compelling in spite of being beyond cartoonish.It's one of those books that makes you wonder what the author was smoking, so you have to be in the mood for the absurd when you read it. If you're never in that mood, beware, because, as Ro [...]

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