Half Asleep in Frog Pajamas

Half Asleep in Frog Pajamas

Book - 1994
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When the stock market crashes on the Thursday before Easter, you—an ambitious, although ineffectual and not entirely ethical young broker—are convinced that you’re facing the Weekend from Hell. Before the market reopens on Monday, you’re going to have to scramble and scheme to cover your butt, but there’s no way you can anticipate the baffling disappearance of a 300-pound psychic, the fall from grace of a born-again monkey, or the intrusion in your life of a tattooed stranger intent on blowing your mind and most of your fuses. Over these fateful three days, you will be forced to confront everything from mysterious African rituals to legendary amphibians, from tarot-card bombshells to street violence, from your own sexuality to outer space. This is, after all, a Tom Robbins novel—and the author has never been in finer form.


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Baker & Taylor
After the stock market crashes on the Thursday before Easter, an ambitious but ineffectual young stockbroker faces a mind-blowing, destiny-altering weekend scheming to escape blame and coping with a mysterious stranger

Blackwell North Amer
When the stock market crashes on the Thursday before Easter, you - an ambitious, though ineffectual and not entirely ethical young broker - are convinced you're facing the Weekend From Hell. You don't know the half of it!
This is, after all, a Tom Robbins novel.
Obviously, before the market reopens on Monday, you're going to have to scramble and scheme to cover your butt, but there's no way you can anticipate the baffling disappearance of a 300-pound psychic, the fall from grace of a born-again monkey, or the intrusion in your life of a tattooed stranger intent on blowing your mind and most of your fuses.
Over these fateful three days, you are jerked from one trial and one revelation to another; forced to confront things ranging from mysterious African rituals to legendary amphibians, from tarot-card bombshells to street violence, from your own sexuality to outer space. The weekend isn't from Hell, it's from Sirius the Dog Star.
And by the time it's over, the glide path of your destiny has been knocked widely askew. You may or may not be a better person, you may or may not have found love, the world may or may not be a different place, yet cosmic connections have been established that cannot be broken. And as an indication of lust how strange it has all become, you - prosaic, materialistic, irritable you - are left with a complete understanding of the surprisingly serious phrase "half asleep in frog pajamas."
According to the Los Angeles Times, "Trying to describe a Tom Robbins novel by summarizing its plot is like pointing to a snowflake and asking someone to grasp the concept of downhill skiing." Robbins's eagerly awaited sixth novel is no exception, but the foregoing provides a cursory peek at the narrative drift of a daring, entertaining, and illuminating reading experience.
In Half Asleep in Frog Pajamas, the author explores new terrain. As always, however, his prose is funny, wise, provocative, erotic, lyrical - and a little on the wild side. Longtime Robbins readers will be delighted. Newcomers will be amazed.

Baker
& Taylor

After the stock market crashes on the Thursday before Easter, an ambitious but ineffectual young stockbroker faces a mind-blowing, destiny-altering weekend scheming to escape blame and coping with a mysterious stranger out to forever alter one's fate--and cosmic consciousness.

Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, c1994.
ISBN: 9780553076257
0553076256
Branch Call Number: ROB
Characteristics: 386 p. ; 24 cm.

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KCLSRecommends Jul 24, 2014

One of those unusual novels written in “second person” (so the main character is referred to as YOU throughout). But since Tom Robbins is the author it is already unusual and outrageous as the plot involves a born-again monkey, a stock market crash, tarot cards, Timbuktu, a 300-pound psychic and plenty more!

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Mar 03, 2011

The only T.R. novel I had a really hard time getting into. I think it was the main character that I couldn't connect with.

Smink Jan 13, 2011

Another Robbins masterpiece. I loved being immersed in this novel. His books make me want to eat life!

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