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Tibetan Peach Pie: A True Account of an Imaginative Life [Format Kindle]

Tom Robbins
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Revue de presse

“Robbins continues to embody Zen coolness and bohemian charm.” (Booklist (starred review))

“Robbins carries us along a magical wonder tour in this high-flying, Zen koan-like, and cinematic tour of some of the episodes in his journey through space and time. ” (Publishers Weekly (starred review))

“[Readers] will enjoy this peek into the intelligently goofy and always fertile mind of this inventive writer... a fitting cap to a sui generis career, equally satisfying in short installments or read straight through.” (Kirkus Reviews)

“Memoir or not, the form suits Robbins’s digressive style, philosophical musings, and self-deprecating humor. Each piece stands on its own, but when read side by side they develop into a powerful argument about magic and the necessity of imaginative, interior worlds.” (Library Journal (starred review))

“Perhaps the only aspect more impressive than Robbins’s ability to imbue a lifetime of interesting anecdotes with an additional layer of introspection is his trademark style [...]earthy and conversational yet simultaneously intellectual. Fans and newcomers alike will guffaw and marvel at this most extraordinary life (Shelf Awareness)

“[Tibetan Peach Pie] bursts with enough joie de vivre to bewitch even the most present-shock-imprisoned 28-year-old and to snag the rest of us with Robbins’ far-out, feel-good sensibility and trademark helical, world-happy prose.” (Elle)

Tibetan Peach Pie is a late, welcome gift from a philosopher-novelist who continues to believe in the transformative qualities of ‘novelty, beauty, mischief and mirth’ - qualities apparent on every page of this lively, large-hearted book.” (Washington Post)

Tibetan Peach Pie is a gift to his fans, the story of a man who had the sense to follow where his imagination led… How lucky for his readers that we got to tag along for the ride.” (Seattle Times)

“The author of such off-kilter bestsellers as Still Life with Woodpecker has written a rollicking reminiscence of his Appalachian upbringing, his spiral through the psychedelic ‘60s, and his unconventional path to literary stardom.” (O magazine)

“Beautiful... Robbins has never met a pun, a blissfully crooked analogy, a magician’s bit of verbal trickery that he didn’t love… He knows words the way a pool hustler knows chalk.” (NPR Books (Online Review))

“As in his many novels, [Tibetan Peach Pie] is buoyed by a palpable sense of the fun Robbins is having with language, in all of its rhythmic and poetic possibilities.” (BiographileBiographile)

“Wacky, wonder-filled… The fiction master of our times, Thomas Pynchon, once called Robbins a brain-dazzling ‘world-class storyteller.’ Now in his 80s, he still is, even in telling his own story.” (USA Today (Online Review))

“Hallucinatory and conversational… intertwined with many fun and interesting tales... This is what happens when you let Tom run.” (Slate)

“If you’ve read any of his quirky best-sellers, such as Even Cowgirls Get the Blues, you’ll scarf down this account of Robbins’ Appalachian childhood, his life on the wild, wonderful West Coast in the 1960’s and his world travels.” (AARP Magazine)

“He’s never lost that voice, and it’s the star of this memoir.” (Tampa Bay Times)

“Robbins is king of the sidewinder simile, the mixologist’s metaphor. No other popular writer of our time depends as he does on pure verbal dazzle, or delivers as reliably on the deal.” (Seattle Weekly)

“Haphazardly ricocheting-but without exception entertaining.” (Bookish.com)

“Robbins writes beautifully… In works of pure imagination, like his novels, his style suits the material… A damned satisfying trip to the moon.” (Santa Fe Pasa Tiempo)

“Charmingly offbeat… unconventionally literary. [Robbins] excels at compositional oddity, brandishing the creative and the humorous… [Tibetan Peach Pie] is an amusement park of allusions and madcap stories.” (Daily Californian)

“For the lover of words and wordplay, humor, and creative and high flying imagination, there is no contemporary writer any better.” (San Francisco Book Review)

“A perfect bookend to Tom Robbins’ oeuvre, an opportunity to finally catch a glimpse behind this magician’s curtain.” (About.com)

“At his best, Robbins writes prose that flows like he’s having a blast putting it all down as fast as he can think it.” (Houston Chronicle)

Tibetan Peach Pie is vintage Robbins. It’s pyrotechnic in language, labyrinthine in logic, daunting in voice, threaded with his wonderfully esoteric wit… Authentically charming… profound. ” (Washington Independent Review of Books)

“Readers will enjoy immersing themselves in [Robbins’] adventuresome life, from his remarkably unsupervised childhood to his free and easy adulthood. Tibetan Peach Pie… is a welcome antidote to our current era of helicopter parenting and disciplined conformity and rules, rules, rules.” (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

“…haphazardly ricocheting--but without exception entertaining.” (Bookish)

“Fans of Tom Robbins, the person, the novelist, the introspective jokester and the gifted storyteller, will love this book. It truly is a gem.” (Portland Book Review)

Présentation de l'éditeur

Internationally bestselling novelist and American icon Tom Robbins delivers the long awaited tale of his wild life and times, both at home and around the globe.

Tom Robbins’ warm, wise, and wonderfully weird novels—including Still Life With Woodpecker, Jitterbug Perfume, and Fierce Invalids Home From Hot Climates—provide an entryway into the frontier of his singular imagination. Madcap but sincere, pulsating with strong social and philosophical undercurrents, his irreverent classics have introduced countless readers to natural born hitchhiking cowgirls, born-again monkeys, a philosophizing can of beans, exiled royalty, and problematic redheads.

In Tibetan Peach Pie, Robbins turns that unparalleled literary sensibility inward, stitching together stories of his unconventional life, from his Appalachian childhood to his globetrotting adventures —told in his unique voice that combines the sweet and sly, the spiritual and earthy. The grandchild of Baptist preachers, Robbins would become over the course of half a century a poet-interruptus, an air force weatherman, a radio dj, an art-critic-turned-psychedelic-journeyman, a world-famous novelist, and a counter-culture hero, leading a life as unlikely, magical, and bizarre as those of his quixotic characters.

Robbins offers intimate snapshots of Appalachia during the Great Depression, the West Coast during the Sixties psychedelic revolution, international roving before homeland security monitored our travels, and New York publishing when it still relied on trees. Written with the big-hearted comedy and mesmerizing linguistic invention for which he is known, Tibetan Peach Pie is an invitation into the private world of a literary legend.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 389 pages
  • Editeur : Ecco; Édition : Reprint (27 mai 2014)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B00FJ376EQ
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A SMILE ON EVERY PAGE 30 mai 2014
Mirthful, manic those words accurately describe a book subtitled "A True Account Of An Imaginative Life" by one of America's most quirky, irreverent storytellers. Of course, Robbins is quick to deny that it is a memoir although it reads very much like one - beginning with selling his new sunsuit for a nickel so he could buy an orange Popsicle which he happily licked while strolling home au natural. Then after a hapless attempt to rob the local bank armed with a cap pistol he's off to college where he wrote for the school paper which was edited by Tom Wolfe (yes, the Tom Wolfe).

At times one is tempted to wonder if life holds all these surprises for Robbins or Robbins simply enjoys surprising life. Whatever the case Tibetan Peach Pie is a delightful read as we follow his journey from Depression era Appalachia to the West Coast to Timbuktu and the offices of New York Publishing,

Each of the vignettes that Robbins relates is often accompanied by digression - but who minds a bit of digressing from this completely individual fellow? His mother called him Tommy Rotten - we'd call him fascinating, intriguing, shocking and laugh-out-loud funny.

- Gail Cooke
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Terrible Tom Baked the Ultimate Party Cake 27 mai 2014
Par Gloria Mattioni - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
I had the pleasure to read the galley copy of this book while visiting Tom Robbins in his very "imaginative" house hidden in a village in the woods north of Seattle. And it didn't take his Tarotmancer wife Alexa's insight and intuition to understand that I'd be up all night once I started to read. Talking about a page-turner! Tom's life is as crazy and as hard to believe as his plots for novels. I knew most of the stories in the book from Tom's oral storytelling over the years, but it was a delicious treat actually reading them in the beautifully crafted language that is characteristic of this soulful writer.
I appreciated every single page, from his childhood troublemaking to his passionate travels around the world, to the honesty in describing his experiments with LSD or his scarcely convinced attempts at military school and service. So, big praise to the women in Tom's life who convinced him to sit down and give us this fabulous account of his own imaginative life! This book goes a long way to stimulate and encourage the qualities I most cherish in leading a rewarding life: follow your heart and passions, be open to change and wonder, have fun (always), and never take yourself too seriously.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 One Last Ride 3 juin 2014
Par Ogr8ys1 - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Picture your drunk grandfather relating his life to you as he is picking lint slowly from his belly button. He then stares at said lint wondering where it came from only a moment later. This is a rambling un-memoir as Robbins says, and he will share glimpses of his life with the reader that reminds said reader of all the reasons we bought this book. As fans we want to revisit the books that led to this, get a glimpse of what makes this genius tick, and that is mostly there. The fifth star is lacking for there are times when he meanders with prose that is not as sharp as what was (and is in this book) but more like sticky candy cane that gets stuck in your teeth, sweet at first, but eventually leaving a bitter aftertaste.

Take this book for what it is and you will enjoy it. Look for a hidden meaning and you will be wasting your time. If you are a Robbins fan I can highly recommend, I would not start with this book if you have never read him before. Another Roadside Attraction, Jitterbug Perfume, or Half Asleep in Frog's Pajamas I all recommend. His last several novels Villa Incognita and Fierce Invalids showed at least this reader the power of imagination for Mr. Robbins was slowly diminishing and the only thing left to write is reality or in this case a A History of Tom.
You get the best and worst of these worlds in one book, yet somehow at the end it left me with a smile, and really what more can you ask for?
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 At first disappointing 16 juin 2014
Par Paul Weener - Publié sur Amazon.com
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My first reaction to Tibetan Peach Pie was disappointment. I have become so used to taking off with Robbins on his flights of fancy that the details of his young life seemed rather mundane. But once I accepted the book for what it is --an autobiography-- I was able to enjoy the book and fill in the details of Robbin's life that lay behind his creative output.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Tom Robbins does it again 22 juillet 2014
Par MB - Publié sur Amazon.com
In years past, if someone asked me, "Hey, I found this Tom Robbins book lying around, so should I read it?" I would've said yes. No hesitation. No equivocation. "That guy," I'd say, "is a stylist. And I mean that in the best possible way."

Because that's what Tom Robbins is, was, forever shall be: He's the god young writers pray to when they're lost and trying to find their voice. He's the mountain every working writer surveys when they're trying to put a sentence together that's more complicated than subject-verb-predicate.

There was a time when he was the writer — the man that every itinerant scribbler (myself included) wanted to be — and when he was an out-and-out rockstar among word wranglers; someone who signed the breasts of ardent fans (something he writes about in his new memoir, Tibetan Peach Pie), debuted on bestseller lists (something else he writes about) and had searchlights painting the skies at his book signings (which, you guessed it, he also writes about).

But were someone to come up to me with a copy of Tibetan Peach Pie and say, "Hey, someone just gave me a copy of Tom Robbins' new memoir. Should I read it?" I'd have a slightly different answer. "That guy," I'd say, "is a stylist. And I mean that in the best possible way. But man, you gotta really like Tom Robbins to want to read that one."

And I'm not saying this because the book isn't beautiful. It is. Robbins has never met a pun, a blissfully crooked analogy, a magician's bit of verbal trickery that he didn't love (and lampshade, and then lampshade some more, with a grin and a wink as though to let everyone know that we're all in on the same joke).

As such, his voice, stripped of its native Carolina drawl by force of will, "sounds as if it's been strained through Davy Crockett's underwear." In describing his reaction to seeing a Natalie Wood film at a tender age, he says his "scruffy whippersnapper heart opened like a sardine tin ... radiating such a vortex of woo woo love it would have made Saint Francis of Assisi seem like a mink rancher."

Oh, and those ellipses in there? They're standing in for fifty or a hundred or two hundred additional words, descriptive and lovely and weighty and fierce, all describing his sudden, near-religious response to Tomorrow Is Forever. Why? Because Tom Robbins is, above all else, a stylist. He knows words the way a pool hustler knows chalk. And when he wants to make a point, he doesn't spare the printers any ink.

But again, that's not why I'm adding the extra codicil to my usual blanket recommendation of all Robbins-alia. It's not because the man didn't live an interesting life (he was beloved of both Timothy Leary and the Hell's Angels, after all; drank beers with Shelly Duvall, dropped acid before it was cool, and was, briefly, suspected of being the Unabomber). And it's not because he can't tell a story (his evocations of the Depression-era South and the pre-Beatnik 1950's are the stuff of PBS documentaries, if PBS documentaries were regularly directed by the Coen brothers).

But at a certain point little Tommy Rotten (his childhood nickname) grows up and becomes TOM ROBBINS, all caps. He becomes, right before our eyes, that young cosmic fool, burning up the landscape with his words and cleverness. He finds success and comfort — two things that are death to any memoir, unless they come only in the last couple of pages. And worse, he turns all that language on himself.

See, that is the rough thing about reading this Robbins. Where, in every novel, he uses his black belt word-ninja skills to make us love the misfits and weirdos which populate his imaginary landscapes, here — by nature of the memoir as form — he is forced to speak about himself. And he does so the same way he spoke of Sissy Hankshaw, Wiggs Dannyboy, the Woodpecker and Plucky Purcell. This works well for tales of deformed hitchhikers and outlaw bombers, but it can become grating, navel-gaze-y and not-so-humble-brag-ish when it's Tom Robbins writing about Tom Robbins; when he has cast himself, by necessity, as the central hero in a book that reads nearly as weird and scattered and unlikely as some of his novels.

So, going in, you gotta love Tom. You gotta be itching to know about his first acid trip, his feelings on tomato-and-mayonnaise sandwiches and his long list of ex-wives. You gotta imagine yourself washed up on a barstool in La Conner, Washington, trapped by a typhoon or a toad-rain or worse, and fortunate enough to find yourself sitting next to the now aged cosmic fool as he starts to talk and tell you the tales of how he got from Blowing Rock, North Carolina to here, consorted with artists and idiots, drank some beer, ran away with the circus, predicted the weather, loved some women, sired some children, traveled the world and, somehow, found the time to write a few books along the way.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 The master 16 juin 2014
Par wiesendanger2 - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
I love the way Robbins' mind works. The story is a wonderful travel through the books (I love) and how they came to be written.
I hope there are still stories to tell. After reading this book, I have decided to read all the others in order, again. I love Tom!
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