Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Half Asleep in Frog Pajamas
I generally like Tom Robbins' books but this one just didn't grab me. I don't know if it was the plot, the characters, or that it was written in the second person or all those things combined that made it a poor representation of his work. A stock market crash puts Gwen, a broker, in fear of losing her job. While the angst about that is going on, her boyfriend Belford's "born again" pet monkey has escaped and is on the loose in Seattle. Belford is worried more about the monkey than Gwen's crisis. Gwen hooks up with a former broker by the name of Larry Diamond who is a confusing mixture of spiritual guru and shady character. Diamand is hoping the frequently inebriated Dr. Yamaguchi's claimed cancer cure can save him and maybe revive the stock market. Gwen's friend and neighbor, the 300 lb. psychic tarot reader Q-Jo Huffington has gone missing. The story is convoluted, as Robbins' novels usually are, but never finds a groove to settle in. Disappointing.