Wild Ducks Flying Backward

Wild Ducks Flying Backward

By Tom Robbins

  • Release Date : 2005-08-30
  • Genre : Essays
  • FIle Size : 0.81 MB
Score: 3.0
From 8 Ratings


Wild Ducks Flying Backward 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Embedded in this primarily journalistic compilation are a couple of short stories, a sheaf of largely unpublished poems, and an off-beat assessment of our divided nation.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.”

From the Hardcover edition.


  • I want more...and more.

    By Other sci-fi guy
    I'm sad to see that the Tom Robbins channel is now running clip shows. Well, not exactly but it sure would be great to see another full blown wigged-out brain buffet from the master. I agree with the comments in the Forward that some people might not thoroughly enjoy this book. It is written for Tom Robbins fans and, as such, I did get a kick out of most of it but sometimes his prodigious erudition does get slightly heavy handed. As a veteran of the art world I have heard my life's quota of Artspeak and, clever though he is, Tom does shovel a copious load in his reviews. Though I bought this book on first sight and would do it again, this is the only work of hi that I didn't feel an overwhelming urge to devour.