Wild Ducks Flying Backward
By Tom Robbins
Bantam Books, Paperback, 9780553383539, 255pp.
Publication Date: August 29, 2006
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Whether rocking with the Doors, depoliticizing Picasso's "Guernica, " lamenting the angst-ridden state of contemporary literature, or drooling over tomato sandwiches and a species of womanhood he calls the genius waitress, Tom Robbins's briefer writings exhibit the five traits that perhaps best characterize his novels: an imaginative wit, a cheerfully brash disregard for convention, a sweetly nasty eroticism, a mystical but keenly observant eye, and an irrepressible love of language. Embedded in this primarily journalistic compilation are brand-new short stories, a sheaf of largely unpublished poems, and an offbeat assessment of our divided nation. Wherever you open Wild Ducks Flying Backward," " you ll encounter the serious playfulness that percolates from the mind of a self-described romantic Zen hedonist and stray dog in the banquet halls of culture.
“A single sentence from Robbins is worth the price of admission.” –Columbus Dispatch (Ohio)
“Hilarious.”—New York Times Book Review
“A treat. Robbins is fearless, original, mind-expanding and funny as hell.”—San Diego Union-Tribune