Wild Ducks Flying Backward

Version: Unabridged
Author: Tom Robbins
Narrator: Debra Winger
Genres: Fiction & Literature, Literature, Essays & Anthologies
Publisher: Random House Audio Publishing Group
Published In: August 2005
# of Units: 7 CDs
Length: 7 hours, 35 minutes
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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 country-
music 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 angst-ridden 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Embedded in this primarily journalistic compilation are a couple of short stories, a sheaf of largely unpublished poems, and an off-beat assessment of our divided nation. And wherever we open Wild Ducks Flying Backward, we're apt to encounter examples of the intently serious playfulness that percolates from the mind of a self-described "romantic Zen hedonist" and "stray dog in the banquet halls of culture."

Reviews (3)

Wild Ducks

Written by Rachel M from Fallbrook, CA on January 30th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 1/5

This book was awful. Can you give zero stars on here? Because that is what I am trying to do. The narration was slow and boring, the words were awful, I wouldn't recommend this book to even my ex-husband just to make him suffer a bit, that is how bad it is.

hard to get into

Written by Anonymous on March 11th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 1/5

this was my second attempt at a Robbin's book under friend's advise to give him another chance... I wont be drinking from this fountain again. I could not get through the first CD, it just seemed like a whole lot of forced pretentiousness and attempted weirdness (i am a huge fan of weird!) It is completely possible that I would of enjoyed it more if I could of forced myself to get past the first few hours of dribble, since it is in fact a bunch of different stories, maybe the ones I started off with were the boring ones and he saved the good bits for the end? After finishing his "frog pajamas", and going to the end waiting for some sort of climax or redemption and not finding it, I just gave up on the "ducks" without investing more than three hours in the venture. I believe that I made a wise mental investment in doing so. Although, I am still looking forward to reading his "skinny legs and all", I have heard many people (2) say it quite weird and entertaining.

Wild Ducks Flying Backward

Written by Kelly Wisdom on October 13th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Wonderful book, read by the author himself. His reading makes all the difference. I miss him in my car now.

Author Details

Author Details

Robbins, Tom

Tom Robbins, maverick author of eight juicy, daring and sagacious novels, is one of those rare writers who approach rock-star status, attracting SRO crowds at his personal appearances in Europe and Australia as well as in the United States. He lives primarily in the Seattle area.

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