Known for his meaty seriocomic novels – expansive works
that are simultaneously lowbrow and highbrow – Tom Robbins has also published
over the years a number of short pieces, predominantly nonfiction. His
travel articles, essays, and tributes to actors, musicians, sex kittens, and
thinkers have appeared in publications ranging from Esquire to Harper's,
from Playboy to the New York Times, High Times, and Life. A generous
sampling, collected here for the first time and including works as diverse
as scholarly art criticism and some decidedly untypical country-music
lyrics, Wild Ducks Flying Backward offers a rare sweeping overview of
the eclectic sensibility of an American original.
Click to the right or left of the sample to turn the page.
(If no book jacket appears in a few seconds, then we don't have an excerpt of this book or your browser is unable to display it)
'The fiction is brief and mostly forgettable. But an essay called "In Defiance of Gravity" starts as a riff on an obscure club and winds up being an ode to the combination of unconventionality and humor that define Robbins's career as a writer.' - PW.
The information about Wild Ducks Flying Backwards shown above was first featured in "The BookBrowse Review" - BookBrowse's online-magazine that keeps our members abreast of notable and high-profile books publishing in the coming weeks. In most cases, the reviews are necessarily limited to those that were available to us ahead of publication. If you are the publisher or author of this book and feel that the reviews shown do not properly reflect the range of media opinion now available, please send us a message with the mainstream media reviews that you would like to see added.
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 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
Another Roadside Attraction (1971)
Even Cowgirls Get the Blues (1976)
Still Life with Woodpecker (1980)
Jitterbug Perfume (1984)
Skinny Legs and All (1990)
Half Asleep in Frog Pajamas (1994)
Fierce Invalids Home from Hot Climates (2000)
Villa Incognito (2003)
Wild Ducks Flying Backward (2005, collection)
B is for Beer (2009)
Members review books pre-publication. Read their opinions in First Impressions
Win 5 books, each week in July!
Solve this clue:
and be entered to win..
Visitors can view some of BookBrowse for free. Full access is for members only.
Your guide toexceptional books
BookBrowse seeks out and recommends books that we believe to be best in class. Books that will whisk you to faraway places and times, that will expand your mind and challenge you -- the kinds of books you just can't wait to tell your friends about.