Another Roadside Attraction: A Novel by Tom RobbinsAnother Roadside Attraction: A Novel by Tom Robbins

Another Roadside Attraction: A Novel

byTom Robbins

Paperback | April 1, 1990

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What if the Second Coming didn’t quite come off as advertised? What if “the Corpse” on display in that funky roadside zoo is really who they say it is—what does that portend for the future f western civilization? And what if a young clairvoyant named Amanda reestablishes the flea circus as popular entertainment and fertility worship as the principal religious form of our high-tech age? Another Roadside Attraction answers those questions and a lot more. It tell us, for example, what the sixties were truly all about, not by reporting on the psychedelic decade but by recreating it, from the inside out. In the process, this stunningly original seriocomic thriller is fully capable of simultaneously eating a literary hot dog and eroding the borders of the mind.
Tom Robbins has been called “a vital natural resource” by The Oregonian, “one of the wildest and most entertaining novelists in the world” by the Financial Times of London, and “the most dangerous writer in the world today” by Fernanda Pivano of Italy’s Corriere della Sera. A Southerner by birth, Robbins has lived in and around Seattle...
Title:Another Roadside Attraction: A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 8.2 × 5.2 × 0.7 inPublished:April 1, 1990Publisher:Random House Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Philosophy, Theology, Humour all in One This was a theologically introspective look into issues which guarantee to me controversial to both the Christian and non-Christian. With a largely eccelectic group of characters, fronted by Amanada and Plucky Purcell, this book probes issues in such a way which only Tom Robbins can do. It showcases Tom's background in religious studies, and while I may not necessarily agree with his assertions, this book certainly generates a healthy discussion on faith, apologetics and historical evidence of the resurrection. Smartly written, witty, and full of twists and turns, it is definitely among Robbins' best works.
Date published: 2001-02-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from !!!!WoW!!!! What an increadable story. Tom Robbins is a very perseptive author, with ideas that hit you from left feild, leave you gasping for breath, and your eyes full of sun spots. A must read!
Date published: 2001-02-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A joyous medley of humour and intellectualism. Tom Robbins has a real knack for playing games with his readers' minds. Another Roadside Attraction was Robbins first book and the first one that I read. After this one, I was hooked. At the beginning, it's a little difficult to sink your teeth into, but once you do, you just can't put it down. And then you finish it and find yourself picking it up again and again and again. You will become Another Roadside Attraction connoiceur, wanting nothing to do with life outside of the book. You may want to become one of the main characters! But, please--not Amanda. She appears to be on the verge of perfect, but that's just it...she knows it, too. And that's not cool. But Tom Robbins is and so is Plucky Purcell!
Date published: 2000-03-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Utterly speechless This book is probably one of the greatest, if not the greatest, I have ever read.This book takes on big issues and raises big issues while being funny at the same time. EXCELLENT! Words can't express how good it is.
Date published: 1999-09-23

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The magician's underwear has just been found in a cardboard suitcase floating in a stagnant pond on the outskirts of Miami.  However significant that discovery may be—and there is the possibility that it could alter the destiny of each and every one of us—it is not the incident with which to begin this report.In the suitcase with the mystic unmentionables were pages and pages torn from a journal which John Paul Ziller had kept on one of his trips through Africa.  Or was it India?  The journal began thusly:  "At midnight, the Arab boy brings me a bowl of white figs.  His skin is very golden and I try it on for size.  It doesn't keep out mosquitoes.  Nor stars. The rodent of ecstasy sings by my bedside."  And it goes on:  "in the morning there are signs of magic everywhere.  Some archaeologists from the British Museum discover a curse.  The natives are restless.  A maiden in a nearby village has been carried off by a rhinoceros.  Unpopular pygmies gnaw at the foot of the enigma."  That was the beginning of the journal.  But not the beginning of this report.Neither the FBI nor the CIA will positively identify the contents of the suitcase as the property of John Paul Ziller.  But their reluctance to specify is either a bureaucratic formality or a tactical deceit.  Who else but Ziller, for God's sake, wore jockey shorts made from the skins of tree frogs?At any rate, let us not loiter in the arena of hot events.  Despite the agents of crisis who dictate the drafting of this report, despite the spiraling zeitgeist that underscores its urgency, despite the worldwide moral structure that may hang in the balance, despite that, the writer of this document is no journalist, nor is he a scholar, and while he is quite aware of the potential historical importance of his words, still he is not likely to allow objectivity to nudge him off the pillar of his own perspective.  And his perspective has its central focus, the enormity of public events notwithstanding, the girl: the girl, Amanda.

From Our Editors

Come on in to Captain Kendrick's Memorial Hot Dog Wildlife Preserve (a roadside attraction only bestselling Tom Robbins could invent)--things are going to get outrageous! Published to coincide with Robbins' new release, Skinny Legs and All

Editorial Reviews

"Written with a style and humor that haven't been seen since Mark Twain . . . it is a prize."--Los Angeles Times

“Hard to put down because of the sheer brilliance and fun of the writing. The sentiments of Brautigan and the joyously compassionate omniscience of Fielding dance through the pages garbed colorfully in the language of Joyce.”—Rolling Stone