Tibetan Peach Pie

Tibetan Peach Pie

A True Account of An Imaginative Life

Book - 2014 | 1st ed. --
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Legendary novelist, American icon, and author of the international bestseller Even Cowgirls Get the Blues Tom Robbins's zany romp through his wild life and times.

Tom Robbins is an American institution. For over forty years, his warm, wise, and wonderfully weird novels such as Even Cowgirls Get the Blues, Another Roadside Attraction, and Jitterbug Perfume have entranced readers the world over. Madcap but sincere, and pulsing with strong social and philosophical undercurrents, these irreverent classics have taken millions of readers on a joyride across the frontier of Tom Robbins's singular mind, where natural born hitch-hiking cowgirls, born-again monkeys, a philosophizing can of beans, exiled royalty, and problematic redheads roam free.

In Tibetan Peach Pie: True Stories from an Imaginative Life , Robbins turns that unparalleled imagination on a subject he's never written about before: himself. The grandchild of Baptist preachers, Robbins would later become a poet-interruptus, drafted into the Korean War, serving as a meteorologist before becoming an art-critic-turned-psychedelic-journeyman who would find his voice as a writer in a review of a Doors concert (a review in which he described the band's style as "early cunnilingual, late patricidal, lunchtime in the Everglades"), on the way to becoming a world-famous novelist and counter-culture hero--a series of events as unlikely, magical, and bizarre as those in the lives of the characters his quixotic novels chart with glee.

Written with the same blend of big-hearted comedy and mesmerizing linguistic invention as his unforgettable novels, Tibetan Peach Pie is an unparalleled peek into the life--and mind--of a true American legend.

Publisher: New York : Ecco, c2014.
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9780062267405
006226740X
Characteristics: xiv, 362 p.

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IndyPL_SteveB May 06, 2019

Robbins asserts this is not an autobiography or a memoir, “although it waddles and quacks enough like a memoir to be mistaken for one if the light isn’t right.” Let’s just call it an entertaining and very funny collection of stories from his life, partially (but not completely) arranged in a sort of chronological order. If you are studying writing, you would not study Robbins for his plots. But Robbins is a creative user of language, especially the attention-catching simile, and he is one of the great writers of paragraphs you will ever find.

We learn about Robbins’ growing up in a small mountain community. He worked summers with the circus, he went to college different places until he managed to graduate. He was in the Air Force for 4 years and learned to be a pacifist from it. He was a sportswriter but learned to be an art critic, tweaking establishment noses in San Francisco and Seattle. He became well-known as one of the first Americans to try LSD and he has tested a lot of other drugs. (But when he is writing a novel, he completely drops any use of drugs, even alcohol and caffeine.)

If you are a fan of Tom Robbins, you will certainly make this a must-read. But even if you have never read anything by him, you would find this entertaining and get both laughs and insights on how some people view the world.

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lbsteele12
May 13, 2015

I have loved most of Robbins' books, since ARA came out. But this memoir quickly grew tiring, as I realized the author was not even mentioning monumental events in his life, and leaving out lots of details regarding the creation of his works.
I respect Robbins' privacy, so was surprised that he would even attempt a memoir. He remains a private person even after this book.

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cmarie20
Apr 25, 2015

I loved this book! Brought back all the fun and giggles when I read his fiction. Brought me up short when I realized he is 80+! Where did the time go. And fun times in LaConner.

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CDScheno
Feb 15, 2015

If you "dig" Tom Robbins, as I do, you will zip through this book, and may well, as I am doing, re-read all of his novels. One-of-a-kind, always provocative, sometimes silly, but ever creative.

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PearlyBaker
Nov 27, 2014

I'm always in denial about my favorite authors. I like to assume they are going to be around forever and always putting out new, insightful literature. I was shocked when Vonnegut died. I figured he had another 60 years in him. So when I read Robbins is in his 80's and really has not written any fiction since the 90's then once again reality came crashing down on me. While I would enjoy Robbins writing a menu I much prefer his fiction to this piece. I wonder now if we'll get just one more tale at of him yet? I will say that while I was not surprised to read of his use of hallucinogens I was shocked to hear he never wrote anything under the influence of any substance, not even caffeine.

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mz4bibliofile
Aug 09, 2014

As a full on Tom Robbins fan I found Tibetan Peach Pie to be boring, redundant and sad to say forgettable. In short...don't bother.

BCD2013 Jun 17, 2014

NYPL Staff Pick
Autobiography of Tom Robbins, author of nine previous novels. Told in the same inimitable, irreverent style, it reads like a novel but tells of the many influences on his life and writing, from Truffaut to Natalie Wood.
- Jenny Baum, Jefferson Market

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