Picks and Pans Review: Still Life with Woodpecker

updated 09/29/1980 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/29/1980 AT 01:00 AM EDT

by Tom Robbins

Tom Robbins gave us "the meaning of meaning" in Another Roadside Attraction. He donated Sissy Hankshaw, the hitchhiking heroine of Even Cowgirls Get the Blues, to hip legend. Now he offers two lusty, flaming redheads, Princess Leigh-Cheri and her outlaw lover, Bernard Mickey Wrangle (alias the Woodpecker), in a wildly improbable fable that fuses such diverse elements as the moon, powerful Arabs, the Camel cigarette pack, exiled royalty and a mad bomber. The tale is laced with irreverent broadsides at such institutions as the CIA, blackberries and Ralph Nader. But Robbins' comic philosophical musings reveal a flamboyant genius. You'll never mistake an outlaw for a criminal again. (Bantam; cloth, $12.95; paper, $6.95)

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