Still Life with Volkswagens

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9780879516161: Still Life with Volkswagens

A comic novel celebrating road culture.

Throughout the land VW Beetles are spontaneously combusting. Nazi skinheads are cruising the streets and a millionaire tycoon and a weather girl have been kidnapped. It falls to Barry Osgathorpe to discover who is responsible.

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Barry Osgathorpe, known in the seventies as Ishmael the Zen Road Warrior, has decided to hole up for the nineties. A person can't even drive his Volkswagen Beetle with a clear conscience any more, for fear of polluting the environment. Yet, powerful forces are converging that will get him on the road again. When Barry learns that Volkswagens are being blown up all over the country, that a gang of skinheads is cruising the streets in a fleet of customized Beetles, and that his ex-girlfriend's deranged, Volkswagen-obsessed father and her current VW-collecting boyfriend are missing, he knows it's time to put the pedal to the metal.

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Geoff Nicholson is the author of twenty books, including Sex Collectors, Hunters and Gatherers, The Food Chain, and Bleeding London, which was shortlisted for the Whitbread Prize. He divides his time between Los Angeles and London

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Book Description Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Ships From Canada. New in new dust jacket. Sewn binding. Paper over boards. With dust jacket. 240 p. Audience: General/trade. From Library Journal: The title of this new comic novel by the gifted British author of Hunters and Gatherers (LJ 10/1/94) is, of course, a takeoff on Tom Robbins's Still Life with Woodpecker (LJ 10/1/80), and the chapter headings are similarly full of witty allusion: "'"Bonfire of the Volkswagens, "'" "'"A Book of the Volkswagens, "'" "'"Volkswagen Descending a Staircase. "'" Nicholson's hilarious tale of obsession, in which everyone from Adolf Hitler to Charles Manson makes a cameo appearance, features a gang of Beetle-driving skinheads and centers on one Barry Osgathorpe, a.k.a. Ishmael the Zen Road Warrior, who puts the pedal to the metal to find out who's been going around blowing up his beloved VWs. It's a wickedly funny read from beginning to end that invites comparison with the best of Robbins and both Amises. Highly recommended. ? David Sowd, formerly w. Bookseller Inventory # 9506706947

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Book Description Bergenfield, New Jersey, U.S.A.: Overlook Press, 1995. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. From Library Journal: The title of this new comic novel by the gifted British author of Hunters and Gatherers (LJ 10/1/94) is, of course, a takeoff on Tom Robbins's Still Life with Woodpecker (LJ 10/1/80), and the chapter headings are similarly full of witty allusion: "Bonfire of the Volkswagens," "A Book of the Volkswagens," "Volkswagen Descending a Staircase." Nicholson's hilarious tale of obsession, in which everyone from Adolf Hitler to Charles Manson makes a cameo appearance, features a gang of Beetle-driving skinheads and centers on one Barry Osgathorpe, a.k.a. Ishmael the Zen Road Warrior, who puts the pedal to the metal to find out who's been going around blowing up his beloved VWs. It's a wickedly funny read from beginning to end that invites comparison with the best of Robbins and both Amises. Highly recommended.?David Sowd, formerly with Stark Cty. District Lib., Canton, Ohio Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. From Booklist: British writer Nicholson is on a roll. He has produced a novel a year since The Food Chain (1993), each more wickedly witty than the last. Nicholson's pet theme is the absurdity of obsessional behavior, especially the obsession of collectors, especially the mania of car collectors. And he has a thing about Volkswagens. In his latest surreal comedy, the humble Volkswagen Beetle is the focus of many people's lives, from former "Zen Road Warrior" Barry Osgathorpe, who calls his all-black Volkswagen Enlightenment, to businessman Charles Lederer whose life was ruined by a man enamored of Volkswagens and who now believes they are "quite clearly the car of the devil." Then there's the collector Carlton Bax, who has disappeared, and Volkswagen restorer Fat Les, who is being questioned by a disconcertingly attractive female police inspector. It seems that Volkswagens are exploding all over the English countryside. Add some neo-Nazis, a bit of S & M, and lots of Volkswagen trivia, and you've got a slyly funny, fast-paced, and wholly original bit of entertainment. Donna Seaman. Bookseller Inventory # ABE-1135466504

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