Reviews of Still Life with Woodpecker (1980)
Review by Beaver (2007-11-24)
Still Life with Woodpecker is a pretty strange book. It uses off the wall snippets in short chapters to tell a somewhat disjoint but humorous narrative. It reminded me of Kurt Vonnegut's writing style. Robbins uses some vivid descriptions, ideas and conjectures. They are a bit hit or miss though as some go into boring rat-holes. The story itself has a fairy tale-ish feel to it. It's also a bit juvenile with over the top and shallow romance and sex scenes. The plot is not at all cohesive in tying all the ideas together and is rather silly. 6/10
Review by mrdude (2005-08-02)
Still Life with Woodpecker by Tom Robbins is a fantastic tale about love, lust, and aliens from the planet Argon.
Seriously this was one of the more enjoyable books I have read all year, and has already become on of my favorites in a single reading. I'm not sure I can actually do any justice to the book by trying to describe Tom Robbins style. He has the ability to put words together in a way that makes his readers forget to worry about where his story is going.
The novel starts out with the tale of Leigh-Cheri, a princess of a country that is no longer under rule of a monarch. She and her family are housed in Seattle Washington and she dreams of using her royal powers (that hopefully will return once the revolution picks up) to save the world. She gets a chance to go to an ecological festival in Hawaii and that is when her life crosses paths with the woodpecker, an Outlaw cereal bomber.
Robbins writing isn't all fun and games, all though I think he successfully fools most readers into believing it is. He brings up many deep philosophical questions and really has something to say about society in the late 20th century. I would recommend anyone and everyone read this book; it is full of hot sweaty sex scenes, crazy philosophical ponderings and all and all is something uplifting to get you laughing.
Review also posted at the IBDoF