Tom Robbins

  • Dotée à sa naissance des deux plus longs pouces du monde, Sissy Hankshaw décide de devenir la plus grande autostoppeuse des États-Unis. Partant ainsi à l'aventure, elle fera une série de rencontres étonnantes qui transformeront sa vie : la Comtesse, magnats des déodorants intimes ; Julian Gitche, l'Indien qui sera un temps son mari;
    Le docteur Robbins, psychiatre farfelu. Et surtout les cow-girls du ranch de la Rose de Caoutchouc qui revendiquent l'égalité avec les hommes sous la conduite de la belle et sauvage Bonanza Jellybean.

  • Fausse gitane mais vraie voyante, la belle Amanda et son mari John Paul Ziller, artiste et magicien inséparable de son babouin, ouvrent un zoo et un stand de hot-dogs au bord de l'autoroute.
    Quand débarque leur ami Plucky Purcell, ancien joueur de football et dealer à ses heures, les ennuis commencent. Ayant par accident infiltré une armée secrète du Vatican, Plucky a découvert le corps momifié du Christ oublié dans une catacombe. Après l'avoir dérobé et ramené aux États-Unis, il vient le cacher dans leur zoo et remet l'avenir de la civilisation occidentale entre leurs mains. Mais le FBI et la CIA veillent.

  • Une serveuse de tacos qui joue les apprenties chimistes, une parfumeuse déchue qui prépare son come-back et un excentrique «nez» des hautes sphères de l'industrie s'interrogent : qui donc leur envoie des betteraves sans le moindre message ? La clé du mystère se trouve peut-être au coeur de l'épopée d'Alobar, un roi du VIII e siècle qui, fuyant la mort, se retrouvera en Bohême où il découvrira le secret de l'immortalité en compagnie d'une jeune Indienne fascinée par les essences.
    Tom Robbins agite au shaker toutes les croyances de ce monde pour nous livrer les secrets d'un parfum perdu.

  • Leigh-Cheri, vingt ans, rousse, végétarienne, idéaliste et princesse de son état, vit en exil près de Seattle avec ses parents. Elle vient de quitter la fac, le coeur brisé par un membre de l'équipe de football et ne croit plus en l'amour. Mais alors qu'elle assiste à un festival écolo à Hawaï, au milieu des scientifiques et politiciens assemblés, elle rencontre Bernard Mickey Wrangle, hors-la-loi en cavale surnommé le Pivert. Il est roux comme elle, il veut dynamiter le festival, et il va lui prouver que l'amour existe.

  • Tom Robbins, surnommé l'écrivain « le plus dangereux du monde » , raconte les expériences qui ont marqué sa vie. Le parcours de celui qui clame comme principe « la joie avant tout » est haut en couleur. Ce petit-fils de prêcheurs baptistes né en Caroline du Nord a suivi un cirque avant de se prendre pour un poète. Il a ensuite été bombardé météorologiste en Corée après s'être engagé dans l'armée, puis il a été DJ pour une radio locale après des études de journalisme, critique d'art dans un journal de Seattle, pour enfin devenir un romancier de renommée mondiale et un héros culturel.
    Pour notre plus grand bonheur, Tom Robbins raconte son enfance dans les Appalaches pendant la Grande Dépression, la Côte Ouest des années 1960, l'influence de François Truffaut, ses voyages autour du monde et les dangers de Tombouctou.

  • Switters, agent peu conventionnel de la CIA, épicurien à la libido débridée, se rend dans la forêt amazonienne pour libérer le perroquet de sa grand-mère, grande prêtresse du piratage informatique.
    Il y sera victime d'un sortilège lancé par un étrange chaman à la tête en forme de pyramide. Rendu infirme par cette malédiction, Switters échoue au Moyen-Orient chez des nonnes militant pour la contraception. Il y découvrira l'amour, ainsi qu'une prophétie mystérieuse jadis dictée par la Vierge à Fatima et qui contient le secret d'un nouvel ordre mondial. De l'Amazonie au Vatican, ce roman d'aventures picaresque balaie d'un trait de plume plein d'humour quelques- uns des plus grands mystères de l'humanité.
    Ce conteur résolument plombé du tuyau ressuscite l'esprit hippie avec ce gros roman d'aventures et d'espionnage sous psychotrope.

  • Switters is a contradiction for all seasons: an anarchist who works for the government; a pacifist who carries a gun; a vegetarian who sops up ham gravy; a cyberwhiz who hates computers; a man who, though obsessed with the preservation of innocence, is aching to deflower his highschoolage stepsister (only to become equally enamored of a nun ten years his senior). Yet there is nothing remotely wishywashy about Switters. He doesnyes'>#8217;t merely pack a pistol. He is a pistol. And as we dog Swittersyes'>#8217;s strangely elevated heels across four continents, in and out of love and danger, discovering in the process the yes'>#8220;trueyes'>#8221; Third Secret of Fatima, we experience Tom Robbinsyes'>#8212;that fearless storyteller, spiritual renegade, and verbal break danceryes'>#8212;at the top of his game. On one level this is a fastpaced CIA adventure story with comic overtones; on another ityes'>#8217;s a serious novel of ideas that brings the Big Picture into unexpected focus; but perhaps more than anything else, Fierce Invalids is a sexy celebration of language and life.From the Trade Paperback edition.

  • 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 countrymusic lyrics, Wild Ducks Flying Backward offers a rare sweeping overview of the eclectic sensibility of an American original.Whether he is rocking with the Doors, depoliticizing Picasso’s Guernica, lamenting the angstridden state of contemporary literature, or drooling over tomato sandwiches and a species of womanhood he calls “the genius waitress,” Robbins’s briefer writings often exhibit the same 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 a couple of short stories, a sheaf of largely unpublished poems, and an offbeat assessment of our divided nation. And wherever we opn Wild Ducks Flying Backward, we’re apt to encounter examples of the intently serious playfulness that percolates from the mind of a selfdescribed “romantic Zen hedonist” and “stray dog in the banquet halls of culture.”From the Hardcover edition.

  • What if the Second Coming didnyes'>#8217;t quite come off as advertised? What if yes'>#8220;the Corpseyes'>#8221; on display in that funky roadside zoo is really who they say it isyes'>#8212;what does that portend for the future f western civilization? And what if a young clairvoyant named Amanda reestablishes the flea circus as popular entertainment and fertility worship as the principal religious form of our hightech age? Another Roadside Attraction answers those questions and a lot more. It tell us, for example, what the sixties were truly all about, not by reporting on the psychedelic decade but by recreating it, from the inside out. In the process, this stunningly original seriocomic thriller is fully capable of simultaneously eating a literary hot dog and eroding the borders of the mind.From the Trade Paperback edition.

  • The whooping crane rustlers are girls. Young girls. Cowgirls, as a matter of fact, all yes'>#8220;bursting with dimples and hormonesyes'>#8221;yes'>#8212;and the FBI has never seen anything quite like them. Yet their rebellion at the Rubber Rose Ranch is almost overshadowed by the arrival of the legendary Sissy Hankshaw, a whitetrash goddess literally born to hitchhike, and the freest female of them all.Freedom, its prizes and its prices, is a major theme of Tom Robbinsyes'>#8217;s classic tale of eccentric adventure. As his robust characters attempt to turn the tables on fate, the reader is drawn along on a tragicomic joyride across the badlands of sexuality, wild rivers of language, and the frontiers of the mind.From the Trade Paperback edition.

  • SKINNY LEGS AND ALL:An Arab and a Jew open a restaurant together across the street from the United Nations....It sounds like the beginning of an ethnic joke, but it's the axis around which spins this gutsy, funloving, and alarmingly provocative novel, in which a bean can philosophizes, a dessert spoon mystifies, a young waitress takes on the New York art world, and a rowdy redneck welder discovers the lost god of Palestinewhile the illusions that obscure humanity's view of the true universe fall away, one by one, like Salome's veils.Skinny Legs and All deals with today's most sensitive issues: race, politics, marriage, art, religion, money, and lust.yes'>#160;yes'>#160;It weaves lyrically through what some call the "end days" of our planet.yes'>#160;yes'>#160;Refusing to avert its gaze from the horrors of the apocalypse, it also refuses to let the alleged end of the world spoil its mood.yes'>#160;yes'>#160;And its mood is defiantly upbeat.In the gloriously inventive Tom Robbins style, here are characters, phrases, stories, and ideas that dance together on the page, wild and sexy, like Salome herself.yes'>#160;yes'>#160;Or was it Jezebel?From the Hardcover edition.

  • Still Life with Woodpecker is a 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.From the Trade Paperback edition.

  • When the stock market crashes on the Thursday before Easter, you - an ambitious, though ineffectual and not entirely ethical young broker - are convinced you are facing the Weekend From Hell.You don't know the half of it!



    Obviously, before the market reopens on Monday, you're going to have to scramble and scheme to cover your butt, but there's no way you can anticipate the baffling disappearance of a 300-pound psychic, the fall from grace of a born-again monkey, or the intrusion in your life of a tattooed stranger intent on blowing your mind and most of your fuses.



    Over these fateful three days, you are jerked from one trial and one revelation to another; forced to confront things ranging from mysterious African rituals to legendary amphibians, from tarot card bombshells to street violence, from your own sexuality to outer space.The weekend isn't from Hell, it's from Sirius the Dog Star.



    And by the time it's over, the glide path of your destiny has been knocked widely askew.You may or may not be a better person, you may or may not have found love, the world may or may not be a different place, yet cosmic connections have been established that cannot be broken.And as an indication of just how strange it has all become, you - prosaic, materialistic, irritable you - are left with a complete understanding of the surprisingly serious phrase 'half asleep in frog pajamas'.

  • Imagine that there are American MIAs who chose to remain missing after the Vietnam War. Imagine that there is a family in which four generations of strong, alluring women have shared a mysterious connection to an outlandish figure from Japanese folklore. Identity, masquerade and disguise.

  • Switters is a contradiction for all seasons: an anarchist who works for the government; a pacifist who carries a gun; a vegetarian who sops up ham gravy; a cyberwhiz who hates computers; a man who, though obsessed with the preservation of innocence, is aching to deflower his highschoolage stepsister (only to become equally enamored of a nun ten years his senior). Yet there is nothing remotely wishywashy about Switters. He doesnyes'>#8217;t merely pack a pistol. He is a pistol. And as we dog Swittersyes'>#8217;s strangely elevated heels across four continents, in and out of love and danger, discovering in the process the yes'>#8220;trueyes'>#8221; Third Secret of Fatima, we experience Tom Robbinsyes'>#8212;that fearless storyteller, spiritual renegade, and verbal break danceryes'>#8212;at the top of his game. On one level this is a fastpaced CIA adventure story with comic overtones; on another ityes'>#8217;s a serious novel of ideas that brings the Big Picture into unexpected focus; but perhaps more than anything else, Fierce Invalids is a sexy celebration of language and life.From the Trade Paperback edition.

  • Roman jubilatoire et récit d'aventures, Féroces infirmes conte les tribulations d'un type un peu particulier. Agent, très spécial, de la CIA, philosophe, admirateur de sa grand-mère, amoureux d'une demi-soeur qui aurait troublé Nabokov et Austin Powers, il promène ses névroses, son impertinence, sa libido débraillée et son fauteuil roulant d'Amazonie au Vatican en passant par un couvent syrien. Et tout cela pour faire plaisir à son aïeule Maestra, spécialiste du piratage informatique, désireuse de rendre son perroquet à sa forêt d'origine...
    Fermement convaincu que "l'humour et la joie de vivre sont les armes les plus subversives du monde", Tom Robbins remet au goût du jour dans cette épopée picaresque et tumultueuse le sens du merveilleux et l'allégresse qui font les grands romans.

  • Anglais VILLA INCOGNITO

    Tom Robbins

    • No exit
    • 7 Juin 2004

    Imagine that there are American MIAs who chose to remain missing after the Vietnam War. Imagine that there is a family in which four generations of strong, alluring women have shared a mysterious connection to an outlandish figure from Japanese folklore. Identity, masquerade and disguise.

  • A collection of short fiction and non-fictional essays, many appearing in print for the first time, a real treat for longtime fans.

  • Anglais B IS FOR BEER

    Tom Robbins

    • No exit
    • 29 Octobre 2010

    'Have you ever wondered why your daddy likes beer so much? Have you wondered, before you fall asleep at night, why he acts kinda 'funny' after he's been drinking beer?' Well, Gracie Perkel wondered these things. This is the first Tom Robbins fiction book in five years (and perhaps his most audacious ever). It explores various aspects of beer culture - ancient, modern, and otherworldly; brutal, infantile and divine - and dramatizes the surprising things that happen when the life of a nursery school child Gracie Perkel intersects with each.

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