Even Cowgirls Get the Blues Tom Robbins 1976

Where do I begin…there is no book in all creation to compare to this book! It covers everything under the sun with such glee. The thing about a Tom Robbins novel is that you t

The story here is of Sissy Hankshaw, a young girl who was born with very large thumbs… she overhears an Uncle saying all she is good for is hitchhiking and with that she is off, up and down the highways of America. Leading a life inspired by the great Jack Kerouac, spending time in New York as a model for a homosexual called the Countess, a tycoon of female hygiene products, then off chasing Cowgirls, in particular one Bonanza Jellybean. What a great sex scene he writes for those two, played out in front of the whooping Cranes. The mere memory of this makes me reach out to the bookcase to devour this classic again. I remember lending it to a friend years ago and she told me she had written so many of the quotes out and put them up in her room as she found them so inspirational. Here are a few for your entertainment pleasure:hink you are reading a witty fictional novel, which of course you are, but added to that if you delve a little deeper within those pages you will see that the man has a great deal of knowledge of life and politics and what goes on that he wants to share with us, but he tends to dispense it to us subliminally.

“So you think that you’re a failure, do you? Well, you probably are. What’s wrong with that? In the first place, if you’ve any sense at all you must have learned by now that we pay just as dearly for our triumphs as we do for our defeats. Go ahead and fail. But fail with wit, fail with grace, fail with style. A mediocre failure is as insufferable as a mediocre success. Embrace failure! Seek it out. Learn to love it. That may be the only way any of us will ever be free.”

“If you take any activity, any art, any discipline, any skill, take it and push it as far as it will go, push it beyond where it has ever been before, push it to the wildest edge of edges, then you force it into the realm of magic.”
“Kissing is the supreme achievement of the Western world.”

“One has not only an ability to perceive the world, but an ability to alter one’s perception of it; more simply, one can change things by the manner in which one looks at them.”

How can I even begin to follow that……

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Even Cowgirls Get the Blues

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