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Tibetan Peach Pie by Tom Robbins

tibetanIn his literary life, Tom Robbins has crafted a manic prose that has fueled a (fairly) long list of novels and other prose for over forty years.  This one is his latest, a memoir of sorts that careens forth from the beginning paragraph.  In Tibetan Peach Pie, Robbins turns his crazy lens on his own long life, beginning with his childhood in Depression-era Blowing Rock.

In his eyes, a sleepy mountain town became a stage, where snakes and circuses and ill-reputed road houses took mythic proportions, plenty to jostle his fertile imagination.  As Robbins entered adolescence, his family moved to Virginia, where he continued his misadventures through military school (a tenure enlivened by a fire), college, and then time in the air force, teaching meteorology in Korea, and then discovering the bohemian enclave in Richmond during the 1950s.  But wait, there’s more – this is all within the first 132 pages.

I remember reading Skinny Legs and All and Even Cowgirls Get the Blues back in the mid 1990s and liked the mix of the spiritual and the absurd.  In Tibetan Peach Pie, Robbins continues in these themes and doesn’t disappointment, in a laughable life story not-quite-a-memoir.  Take the journey, and get out of yourself for a while.

(William Hicks, Information Services)

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