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B Is for Beer

B Is for Beer

B Is for Beer

A Children’s Book About Beer?Yes, believe it or not—but B Is for Beer is also a book for adults, and bear in mind that it’s the work of maverick bestselling novelist Tom Robbins, inter-nationally known for his ability to both seriously illuminate and comically entertain.nce upon a time (right about now) there was a planet (how about this one?) whose inhabitants consumed thirty-six billion gallons of beer each year (it’s a fact, you can Google it). Among those affected, each in his or her own w

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  1. 48 of 50 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    W is for Whimsy, April 21, 2009
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    Nicole Del Sesto (Northern Cal) –
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    For Robbins fans waiting, yearning, for the next great Robbins novel, this is not it. Sorry.

    It is, however, exactly what it professes to be. A children’s book for grown-ups, and a grown-up book for children. (Which is what I based this review on, vs. comparing it to other Robbins books … there’s no comparison.) The writing is definitely child-like in its tone.

    Gracie is practically six-years-old when she develops a curiosity about beer. As Robbins will do, he leads us on a delightful, whimsical discovery about – yes, Beer. The book is filled with Robbins’s humor, philosophy, and magical writing.

    I had a dumb grin on my face the whole time I was reading the book (less than two hours from start to finish) and I laughed out loud several times.

    This tantalizing taste of Robbins’s words has definitely left me with a craving for more Robbins. And perhaps a Red Stripe.

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  2. Richard Weston-Jones
    73 of 91 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars
    Seriously bad writing, April 23, 2009
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    Richard Weston-Jones (Chapel Hill, North Carolina) –
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    As a Tom Robbins fan who has eagerly awaited each of his books since he burst forth with “Another Roadside Attraction” in 1971, I am sorely disappointed. “B Is for Beer” is touted as “A Children’s Book for Grown-ups” and “A Grown-up Book for Children.” It is neither. At one point I surmised that he had started a book commissioned by the beer industry for people who want to know how beer is made. As the book got more and more boring I decided that could never have been his intent.

    If you are a contrarian reader who is powerfully addicted to his writing, go ahead and buy it. I don’t know how to warn you so you will save your money. It is just seriously bad writing.

    Tom, you charmed us into holding on for four to six years between novels after we learned that it took you that long to release each one with its glorious metaphors, similies and crazy plots. It’s been six years since “Villa Incognito” was put to the press in 2003. It is time for another. “Wild Ducks Flying Backwards” in 2005 wasn’t even a novel and “B is for Beer” is a watered-down novella about which you say many people warned you “that I couldn’t or shouldn’t, or wouldn’t bloody dare.” Okay Tom, you proved that you could get it published. Now it’s time to write something that again really scours the far reaches of your imagination and takes us on exotic (and erotic) journeys.

    This morality tale is as flat as a Budweiser opened and left in a Seattle backyard for weeks to attract parched raccoons that don’t know there are better ways to enjoy brewski.

    June 6, 2012 It’s been three years since I wrote this review. Haven’t changed my mind. I hoped that complaining reviews from Tom’s fans would encourage him to leap back into print with another of his gloriously wacky novels. Guess I’ll have to wait longer. I’m tired of rereading his earlier books. I’ve even read all the books about his writing. This one by him certainly isn’t representative of his strange genius.

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