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22 October 2012 @ 09:22 pm
Literary what?  
From Fierce Invalids Home From Hot Climates by Tom Robbins:

"...candy-coated lug nuts on Cupid's pink Corvette." Yes, he's talking about nipples. Kinda weepingcock-worthy, that one.
Current Mood: sillysilly
Strike while the irony is hot: [EMO] GRINdraycevixen on October 22nd, 2012 12:25 pm (UTC)

Oh, I think he's long since earned a spot on WC. I mean, the thumbs alone...
miwahni: cats Literary Catmiwahni on October 22nd, 2012 08:52 pm (UTC)
Okay do I want to know about the thumbs? Um..yes, yes I want to know about the thumbs. Can't be any more WTF-making than the nipples.
Strike while the irony is hot: [EMATE] CUPPAdraycevixen on October 22nd, 2012 09:02 pm (UTC)

I'm not a huge Robbins fan but Even Cowgirls Get the Blues is all about Sissy and her nine inch thumbs.


“Sissy dear. Your thumbs. HOLLYWOOD SPECTACULAR. LAS VEGAS. THE ROSE BOWL. Larger than any one man's desire.”


“They caressed one another until their hides shone. They embraced until their 206 bones squeaked like mice. Their bed was a boat in a weird sea.”

or even:

“A sneeze travels at a peak velocity of two hundred miles per hour. A burp, more slowly; a fart, slower yet. But a kiss thrown by fingers- its departure is sudden, its arrival ambiguous, and there is no source that can state with authority what speeds are reached in its flight.”

I find Robbins fascinating but I just can't connect to his characters.
miwahni: pros booksmiwahni on October 23rd, 2012 12:02 pm (UTC)
This is my first foray into Robbins and I'm particularly struck by the novelty of his writing - your second and third examples above are a good representation of what I mean. As a result I find myself thinking about parts of it long after I've read them. (In truth it's often been a case of "what am I missing here?) But I'd have to agree about his characters; it's as if they're being narrated from behind a rice paper screen, there's a disconnect between character and reader. Still only halfway through this one but I am slowly starting to warm towards his protagonist at last.