- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: No Exit Press; Revised edition edition (9 April 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 184243022X
- ISBN-13: 978-1842430224
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.9 x 19.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 37,063 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Still Life with Woodpecker Paperback – 9 Apr 2001
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Still Life with Woodpecker is sort of a love story that takes place inside a pack of Camel cigarettes. It reveals the purpose of the moon, explains the difference between criminals and outlaws, examines the conflict between social activism and romantic individualism, and paints a portrait of contemporary society that includes powerful Arabs, exiled royalty, and pregnant cheerleaders. It also deals with the problem of redheads.
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Top Customer Reviews
This is a story about a tarnished princess, an outlaw bomber with bad teeth, a scene stealing if somewhat undomesticated loyal servant, toads - both real and plastic, an exiled King and his "Oh-Oh, spaghetti-o" Queen, a CIA not-so-secret agent, an outraged Middle Eastern playboy, blackberries, Camels, Ralph Nader, pyramids and aliens from Argon.
What more could you possibly want in a book?
Tom Robbins has a genuine talent for words and puns, and those with active funny bones will be tickled throughout. His casual use of words like "slishy" and phrases like "I have a black belt in haiku" abound, to be discovered with unbridled delight.
This is a book to be enjoyed within one lunar cycle without fear of repercussions.
This is, quite simply, one of the most magical books I have ever read, and I will never make the same mistakes in love as I did before I read this (well that's the plan!).
Buy it, it will make you laugh and cry in equal measure and it will change your (love) life.
Princess Leigh-Cheri a rather naïve red headed young woman with the best of intentions meets self-obsessed, red headed outlaw Bernard.
I really had no idea of what to rate this book I was thinking 1 or 2 stars because I really had no idea what the hell I was reading, but then I came to the conclusion because I don't understand something should I really rate it lower than it truly deserves? I understood the gist of it but a part of me is thinking there's more to the random babbling than meets the eye. It's easy to not appreciate something that you don't understand but I'd like to think I appreciated this book.
Tom Robbins clearly has a very unique writing style. It's very different and only certain people have the ability to pull it off. I think he did a very good job. It might be easier to understand if you are on the same substance as he was when he wrote this book but I don't think it's necessary.
What did annoy me was the constant "oh, oh spaghettio", the constant "last quarter of the twentieth century" and him banging on about his damn typewriter, there's certain orifices that I'd love to shove his typewriter, all this started to annoy me. What does "oh, oh spaghettio" even mean?
This book is weird, it's strange and seems to be just random thoughts all put together but maybe that's the beauty of it.. Maybe that's part of the genius.. Sometimes a whole load of randomness makes the biggest load of sense.
One day I might read another of Robbins' books but until then I'm going to just appreciate the wonders of "Still Life with Woodpecker."
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love this book. My book is really good quality and arrived in excellent condition.Published 14 days ago by John Thorne
I had been trying to remember even the title of the book & By CHANCE .. I actually remembered it ....It had its sentimental value to me. So when the book arrived. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
I've never read a book that has ever hit me as hard as this book. It's intriguing, the characters are odd and the storyline, well Robbins must've been high when he thought of it. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Grace
i love all of tom robbins books so far but this one was so great i gave it away after reading it and bought another 2 copies for friendsPublished on 26 Oct. 2013 by Paul
Tom Robbins has a hugely expansive mind and such a colourful turn of phrase that he is not only a pleasure to read but is an education. Read morePublished on 20 April 2013 by Maura Dunne