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Half Asleep in Frog Pajamas [Paperback]

Tom Robbins
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
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Book Description

1 May 2002
When the stock market crashes on the Thursday before Easter, you—an ambitious, although ineffectual and not entirely ethical young broker—are convinced that you’re facing the Weekend from Hell. Before the market reopens on Monday, you’re going to have to scramble and scheme to cover your butt, but there’s no way you can anticipate the baffling disappearance of a 300-pound psychic, the fall from grace of a born-again monkey, or the intrusion in your life of a tattooed stranger intent on blowing your mind and most of your fuses. Over these fateful three days, you will be forced to confront everything from mysterious African rituals to legendary amphibians, from tarot-card bombshells to street violence, from your own sexuality to outer space. This is, after all, a Tom Robbins novel—and the author has never been in finer form.
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Product details

  • Paperback: 390 pages
  • Publisher: No Exit Press; New edition edition (1 May 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184243036X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1842430361
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 226,831 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tom Robbins has been called "a vital natural resource" by The Portland Oregonian, "one of the wildest and most entertaining novelists in the world" by the FT, 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 since 1962. His novels include Fierce Invalids Home From Hot Climates, Jitterbug Perfume, Still Life With Woodpecker, Skinny Legs And All and Half Asleep In Frog Pajamas.

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About the Author

Tom Robbins is the author of Another Roadside Attraction, Even Cowgirls Get the Blues, Still Life with Woodpecker, Jitterbug Perfume, Skinny Legs and All and Half Asleep in Frog Pajamas - highly original novels that have left their mark on our culture. He lives near Seattle. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Be Amphibious, but don't be a toadpuff 26 Jun 1999
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
YES!! As one of the critics said, "Robbins continues to pour water on a dozing America." This was my third journey, and my sense of adventure will not be satisfied until I take in all of this author's wonderful novels. "Frog Pajamas" was great!! Tom's sense of a female's point of view amazes me. Gwendolyn's hellacious weekend keeps you on your most comfortable ledge. You can't put it down. Never has Robbins been more descriptive, in my readings, about the mood of Seattle, and the western melting pot of the U.S. But the most interesting character would be that of Larry Diamond, obviously Robbins' personal literary philosopher. Your intelligence increases with every page. It's awesome!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wierd and wonderful 30 Jun 2003
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Great characters and intriguing ideas, wild cultural differences, the mysteries of Tarot, frog pajamas.... what more do you want? Easy to read (despite the "you" form) and amusing, with deeper ideas below the surface. If you want something a bit different, this could be for you.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Paperback
Robbins takes the reader on an incredibly humorous adventure...pounding out word based comedy with dizzying rapidity and ingenious creativity. His comedic stylings are much like Sedaris and Kennedy Toole...leaving you in fits of laughter and marvelling at his ability to sculpt and string together sentences much like a composer creates music. His humor hits with rapid fire precision and is crafted with tremendous economy...lean and fit with very little excess verbage.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tom Robbins is a God 27 Nov 1998
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Tom Robbins is the best writer I've read in a long time. For those who are looking for a book that can be analyzed and categorized with other books, you will be sorely disappointed. But if you are willing to read a book that will make you think, this is a classic. His books don't seem to me to take stances for or against, but rather they provoke you into rethinking YOUR stances, as any good book should. And on top of all that, he's simply the most impressive master of the English language that I've read. Kudos to Tom, and let's just pray he keeps writing for as long as he lives.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Weird, unusual and a flair of creativity 14 April 1997
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
A ridiculous, yet appealing, psuedo-mystery set in the almost fast-paced life of big money deals. "Frog pajamas" is an interesting romp through philosophical semi-quandries, and absolutely creative plot twists. The story isn't all that amazing, and the character's are just too over the top. Unfortunately the most enjoyable one, the overly-endowned Q-Jo, spends half the book missing. What truly kept me interested was Robbin's flair and style. His delivery is quick and satiric, showing irreverency to everyone. And his particular delivery is a fun trip itself: You, the reader, are also You, the not so ethically honest female stock broker, caught amongst the worst professional nightmare of your life, newly discovered sexual passion, your well engrained desire for material items and the opportunity to make a self-probing journey of a lifetime.
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5.0 out of 5 stars chocolate for the fiction-reader's brain 18 Nov 1996
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I love Tom Robbins! When I first read Cowgirls, it struck me as lip-smackingly profound and funny. A cruddy movie version with the awful Uma has not dimmed my admiration for Mr. Robbins. OK, so the plot of Frog Pajamas stretches credulity, characters are over the top, but the langauge is wonderful, the metaphors are golden, the puns are perfect, and the books are brain candy for the thinking person who reads for enjoyment, not necessarily for education. Keep them coming, thick and fast!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not Tom Robbins' best 16 Nov 2002
Format:Paperback
Not Tom Robbins' best. This is written irritatingly in the second person "you". It features a cast of unsympathetic characters - a female stockbroker worrying about a market crash, her born-again boyfriend pursuing a lost monkey, a psychic who disappears and a former stockbroker who's just returned from a trip to Timbuktoo. Add it all together and this does not a great novel make. By the time you get to the end you have ceased to care what happens.
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2.0 out of 5 stars It started well 26 April 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I enjoyed the beginning and the style of writing (had to keep looking up words in the dictionary and relieved to find some were invented) but around half way through it became hard work and the pace dropped off - well stopped. I made it to the end but was disappointed. The book was recommended by a friend and I enjoy trying different types of literature but this was not for me. I don't think I'll be trying the others either
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, quirky and fascinating
Easy to recommend, love it and a must for my new kindle library not the best tom Robbins tho, try, even cowgirls get the blues, still life with woodpecker
Published 13 months ago by lucy warner
4.0 out of 5 stars A great read for the muddled mind!
I really enjoyed this book, it was not only a highly entertaining story but it offers a wake-up call to the reader along the way. Great reading for anytime, anywhere and any place. Read more
Published on 10 May 2011 by Kat
1.0 out of 5 stars Rubbish, "Choose Your Own Adventure"-style writing
Well, I've tried reading Half Asleep In Frog Pyjamas, but I'm afraid I just can't get into it. It's the writing style I can't get on with - it almost feels like I'm reading a... Read more
Published on 8 Feb 2009 by Mrs. K. A. Smurthwaite
3.0 out of 5 stars Wuf! So long, and thanks for all the frogs
This book is classic Tom Robbins in the sense that almost every page has some hilariously humorous play on words, or unreal observation about real events, including a lot of... Read more
Published on 27 May 2007 by Amanda Richards
3.0 out of 5 stars Slightly disappointing for a Tom Robins
As a great fan, I can say that this book was perhaps the least memorable of all the Tom Robins books. Read more
Published on 6 Dec 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my top ten! Witty and Sexy!
Tom Robbins has done it again! This is the second book I have read by him and he is fast becoming one of my favorite contemporary authors! A must read for any Tom Robbins fan! Read more
Published on 28 May 1999
1.0 out of 5 stars FLASH: Self-Satisfied Prose is Boring
The prospect of a second person narrative is always exciting... because of the participatory relationship it gives the reader and because it is so difficult to do well. Read more
Published on 12 Mar 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars This is one of the best books that I have ever read!
Tom Robbins has successfully captured the readers attention by creating a book that subverts the curret paradigm. He is WONDERFUL!
Published on 10 Mar 1999
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