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Sissy Hankshaw, an almost flawlessly beautiful small-town girl with big-time dreams, hitchhikes her way into your heart, your hopes, and your sleeping bag in Tom Robbins's magical, funny, and most famous novel. Follow Sissy's amazing odyssey from Virginia to chic Manhattan to the Dakota Badlands, where FBI agents, cowgirls, and ecstatic whooping cranes explode in a deliciously drawn-out climax. Along the way, you'll meet such unforgettable characters as Bonanza Jellybean and the smooth-riding cowgirls of Rubber Rose Ranch; Chink, the lascivious guru of yams and yang; Julian, an asthmatic Mohawk; and Dr. Robbins, the preventive psychiatrist and reality instructor. Even Cowgirls Get the Blues is Tom Robbins at his offbeat, outrageous, and inventive best.
©1976 by Thomas Robbins (P)1993 Dove Audio, Inc.
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Critic Reviews

"This is one of those special novels - a piece of working magic, warm, funny, and sane - that you just want to ride off into the sunset with." (Thomas Pynchon)
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4 out of 5 stars
By Ian C Robertson on 01-28-13

Better than the sum of its parts

I have always wanted to read this book. I saw the Uma Thurman film. I liked enough of it to get me interested in the book. Ten years later I have achieved this ambition and I'm quietly pleased with the achievement.
The novel is quirky, if not "out there". It is interestingly serious amongst the throw away one liners, clever phrases and plain ribald humour. It may be a bit too racy for some sensibilities and it must have been damn near banned when it was published. But, for all that, it is clever introspective about the pervading social condition in the US of its day and remarkably forward thinking. I think it is still very relevant, today.
It won't appeal to you if you are sensitive about four letter words (including the C word). It won't appeal to you if you think government and authority are always to be respected without question. It won't appeal to you if you are squeamish about birds and animals. It might not even be your cup of tea if you are a serious feminist (because it is feminism from one man's point of view).
On the other hand, I think you will really enjoy the belly laughs, the satire and the insight if you suspend your judgment for, say, the first 10 Chapters.
I thought Michael Nouri did a wonderful job with the text; 31/2 if I could give that rating. I could hear him on the discovery Channel as the cranes came to roost. The story is very clever too. almost a 4. Overall, I thought it was better than just good, hence the Overall assessment.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By Kyle on 04-21-05


well wrtiiten and read. I still think "Invalids" is his best book on the audible list. Hard to beat ol' Switters.

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1 out of 5 stars
By Belinda on 02-19-17


I couldn't get into the story at all. The narator was excellent but the story wasn't interesting to me.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Leah on 12-20-15

Beautiful, deep, hilarious

Tom Robbins conjures all feelings at once, including mirth. This was a wonderful experience, beyond that of most fiction.

My only conplaint is a constant faint echo within the recording, which is a pity, as the voice actor is superb. I could switch off to the background sound, but some might find it a bit frustrating.

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