Author: Tom Robbins is deputy travel editor of the Observer, and oversees all the newspaper's skiing coverage. During nine years at The Sunday Times and the Observer he has skied everywhere from Scotland to Russia and Greenland. As well as writing for the Observer on all areas of travel, he contributes to all the major ski magazines. Photographer: Robin Gautier has a successful career as a cameraman on big budget Hollywood and British films such as Casino Royale and The Bourne Supremacy. Recently he has spent an increasing amount of time shooting stills, including several book projects and numerous travel features for the Observer.
Robbins, of course, is not for everyone. His alienated, hedonistic, iconoclastic rhapsodizing and digressions strike many as smug and long-winded. His plots are usually just cheerful nonsense; his prose, though, is supple and lively. The author is especially a comic master of simile, metaphor, and imagery, never settling for a clich?. His latest confection intermingles characters from Japanese folklore with voluntarily MIA American soldiers and circus performers. Throw in a little interspecies sex, some drug running, a woman with a clown fetish, and any number of rants on society, religion, and the military, and what you get is mostly a skeleton for Robbins to hang his wordplay on. Reader Barrett Whitener catches the spirit of the fun, though his various East Asian accents all sound suspiciously like stereotypes. Still, this is an excellent choice for most libraries.-John Hiett, Iowa City P.L. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.