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  • Paperback: 277 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 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,112 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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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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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Amanda Richards VINE VOICE on 5 July 2004
Format: Paperback
This is a light and entertaining book from a word-play genius. What is amazing is the way he weaves so many stories into a tidy, compact little package - almost the size of a pack of cigarettes, as a matter of fact.
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.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By R. Altman on 3 Sep 2005
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i have now read 5 of the 8 books in the robbins canon, and loved them all. so far, i'd recommend this as a first read to anyone embarking on the tr trip - it's just as wonderful as the others, but for a change has a (relatively!) straightforward plotline that allows you to dive straight in. 'zany' is a word frequently used about robbins's writing, and so it is - it's also gripping, hilarious, brilliant, witty, clever, erudite, wise, sexy, surprising and all round wonderful. just a lil suspension of disbelief required - the fact that improbables occur in the storylines is neither here nor there - think of 'em as fabulous. a writer whose every sentence carries a punch of one sort or another. sheer reading delight. and will make you happy - 'it's never too late to have a happy childhood'.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By leighisking77@hotmail.com on 24 Mar 2002
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This book, as with the other Tom Robbins' i've read, has an organic sense of awareness that makes it hard to forget,. The prose itself is beautifull, bringing everything described a life of it's own. In one way this is what the book is about, as explained by the author at the end. And as always TR's philosophies demand that you clarify your own. I can't recommend this book enough for those that enjoy their own thoughts as well as other's.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 21 April 2002
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Tom Robbins has such a unique way of looking at the world that only he could write a love story like this. It foregoes all the usual cliches to present a simple boy-meets-girl story in a way that is enlightening, entertaining and enriching.
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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MZ on 20 Oct 2013
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I can't really get into this story. I loved the quotes from this book which you can find anywhere on the internet, and I do find these passages really nice. But to get in to the whole storie is impossible for me. Maybe this is because I am not a native speaker, but I have my dificulties with it.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 31 May 2001
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At first I found this book, hard to take in. His way of describing absolutely everything he mentions, resulting in me forgetting what he was actually talking about. Not until about a quarter of the way through did i realise that there was actually a story to it. And i adjusted to his way of writing, which meant i could actually enjoy what I was reading. Some interesting philosophies, to say the least, a story about eventual love, the confusion of love, the interest of complete different people, as opposed to 'normal people', excuse the stereotype, and the yearning Miss Leigh felt for this outlaw, that fed her mind, fed her brain into looking at things in a way which she never had before. Tom's use of words astounds me, and sometimes I felt the need to re-read parts, in order to absorb them, before moving on. So, this being my first Tom Robbins book, now, will not be my last. I hope the others are as good, if not better. AN intriguing book, to be read again.
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By Randy F. on 13 Nov 2007
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I was amazed to find that Tom Robbins was quite famous outside his native America. His works are an offshoot of Vonnegut and the adsurdists, and if you've not delved into them, then by all means start with this novel. His "Even Cowgirls Get the Blues" put him on the map years ago, but he's written so many novels now that stand up to that one, he's almost better remembered for the newer ones than the one that initially made his career. As usual, his books deal with absurd and funny situations and while you need the willing suspension of disbelief, Robbins makes it all seem real--too real--even if you can't get past that. I love each of his books, which is unusual as I'm prone to like one by an author and not another. You MUST read his "Another Roadside Attraction" if you read "Woodpecker" and like it. Great. Just great.
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By A Customer on 11 Aug 1998
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I love the way that Tom Robbins writes. Sometimes he is flamboyantly verbose and other times very simple. He makes me laugh, he makes me think. He shows me things about myself that I never had consciously thought of before. It makes me feel strangely intimate with an author that I don't know. It's weird! I read this book in one day, then the next day I was sad, because it was already over. One of my friends said, "Just go get a different book." But I didn't want a different book! I wanted to read more about Leigh-Cheri and the Woodpecker. Gulietta! I wanted to learn more about the Camel pack. I wanted to learn more about how to make love last. When people ask me what the books are about, I can never really think of how to describe them. Just amazing.
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