“This is one of those special novels—a piece of working magic, warm, funny, and sane.”—Thomas Pynchon
The whooping crane rustlers are girls. Young girls. Cowgirls, as a matter of fact, all “bursting with dimples and hormones”—and the FBI has never seen anything quite like them. Yet their rebellion at the Rubber Rose Ranch is almost overshadowed by the arrival of the legendary Sissy Hankshaw, a white-trash goddess literally born to hitchhike, and the freest female of them all.
Freedom, its prizes and its prices, is a major theme of Tom Robbins’s classic tale of eccentric adventure. As his robust characters attempt to turn the tables on fate, the reader is drawn along on a tragicomic joyride across the badlands of sexuality, wild rivers of language, and the frontiers of the mind.
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Q: Who would think to write a novel about a former model with football-sized thumbs who hitchhikes to a militant women’s ranch in the Dakota Badlands? A: Tom Robbins, one of the most joyfully imaginative, off-the-wall writers out there. In his 1976 cult classic, Robbins introduces protagonist Sissy Hankshaw to FBI agents, whooping cranes, and a mountaintop spiritual guru. Robbins wows us with literary cartwheels while dropping poetic truth bombs about life and love that might make you see the world differently. Hilarious and warm, Even Cowgirls Get the Blues is a reminder of just how fun life (and reading) can be.
That’s all. Just excellent.
Even cowgirls get the blues
Terribly entertaining, but provides a tough read to hold the attention for much more than an hour at a time. If there is a point to the outcome of the reading experience it could be simply getting through it, I can not imagine that an outline had been used to guide Mr. Robbins on his rambling journey through time and space. My suggestion is for the reader to have an exciting novel that they really wants to read standing by in the wings to liven up the party a bit when the going gets rough with Robbins. However, his books are an experience in themselves so I can readily recommend all of his books as a good read, and I have read them all. I just can not remember how they conclude, or if they do.