Tom Robbins

"Skinny Legs and All"

(Reviewed by Judi Clark FEB 10, 1998)

When I picked up this book, it had been awhile since I read a Tom Robbins novel  Oh, what a pleasure to read his quirky, humorous yet intelligent style again.

This one is a great story about religions and what they mean to people and more specifically, to objects that are not so inanimate.  Pivotal to the story is one belly dancer and just as necessary is one Arab, one Jew, a welder and her artist husband, a can of beans, conch shell, a painted stick, a spoon and a dirty sock. I've read his first three novels, loved them, but I think this one tops them because he's tackling religion and the Middle East.

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Tom RobbinsTom Robbins was born in Blowing Rock, North Carolina in 1936 and is the grandson of two Baptist preachers, He attended military school, spent two years at Washington and Lee University, and received a degree in social science from the Virginia Commonwealth University in 1959.

In 1962, he left the south to move to Seattle, where he began work as a copy editor and an art critic at local newspapers. His success as a writer began when his first novel, Another Roadside Attraction, came out in paperback in 1972. Robbins currently lives in LaConner, Washington.

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