Tuesday, September 8

Book Review: Still Life with Woodpecker by Tom Robbins

Author: Tom Robbins
Title: Still Life with Woodpecker
Genre: Fiction, Classic, Romance, and Comedy
Pages: ebook
First Published: 1980
Where I Got It: Borrowed it from Friend

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.

If I was asked to describe this book in one word....that word would be: Weird. 

It was certainly an interesting book with an interesting writing style. Honestly...I still do not quite know what happened or what to say.

Well....I honestly was entertained, but I was also neutral. 

I liked it, but I didn't like it. 

All the characters annoyed me and I wanted to slap them, but I was intrigued, because they were all complex.

The writing style was all over the place and followed no rules. It was refreshing and different, but I was annoyed with it as well. I was not a fan of the parts where the author talked to reader. I did love the short story of the princess and the frog. 

The ending was a twist and surprised me.

In the end, I was neutral. Some parts good, some parts bad. I can't say that I loved it or hated it. It was a story that I finished in one sitting. It was certainly a weird and unique book. I am interested to see what the book club has to say about this (yes, it was picked by a member - not me). I recommend this for those who are looking for something odd and different. This shall be stamped with...mmmm....3 stars. More like 2.5, but I rounded.


Blodeuedd said...

You liked it, but did not like it, hmmm

Carole Rae said...

tis a weird feeling. I was neutral.

Melliane said...

A complicated thing with this one...