Tibetan Peach Pie
Tom Robbins
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Tibetan Peach Pie: A True Account of an Imaginative Life
Tom Robbins
384 pages
April 2015
rated 4 of 5 possible stars

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Tom Robbins is the wizard of all things words. He can twist, mutate, squish, and squeeze words in a way no one else ever has. Any one of these books--Even Cowgirls Get the Blues, Another Roadside Attraction, Half Asleep in Frog Pajamas, Still Life With Woodpecker, or Jitterbug Perfume--would have been an entire career for any other writer. The fact that Robbins wrote them all is a little hard to imagine.

In Tibetan Peach Pie, Robbins tries to take all that is hard to imagine--his life--and funnel it through his literary brainpan in such a way that it reads like a novel. While it is vastly entertaining, delightful and fact-filled, the truth is that it falls short of the titles mentioned above.

Like many of us--most of us, all of us--it's difficult to write about ourselves. Talking about ourselves can leave us dry-mouthed. So when Robbins turns inward to describe his own life and adventures in the same way he'd write about one of the characters in his books, the lines don't quite connect.

It would have been terrific to hear more about his actual writing process. Many of his most important books are dismissed in a couple of pages or even a couple of paragraphs, and you're left wondering why. Still, any kind of glimpse behind the curtains of Robbins's thought processes is a wonderful ride. He's befriended Hells Angels, trekked the world, dabbled in psychedelics, become intimate with Hollywood, and a whole lot more.

This is a fun book and, for the ardent fan, will provide hours of joy. But some of us are waiting for his next joyful romp through the fields of imagination when he creates a world populated by people with big thumbs getting involved in the most fantastic adventures ever.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at www.curledup.com. Steven Rosen, 2015

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