Monday, April 14, 2014

Review: B is for Beer by Tom Robbins



B is for Beer by Tom Robbins

Review by Lauren

copy from library; all opinions are my own

Official Summary: Once 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 way, by all the bubbles, burps, and foam, was a smart, wide-eyed, adventurous kindergartner named Gracie; her distracted mommy; her insensitive dad; her non-conformist uncle; and a magical, butt-kicking intruder from a world within our world.

Review: This was another book title I came across at the library while working. The title looked familiar and I thought it might be a bit enjoyable to read this "Children's Book for Grown-ups" or "Grown-up Book for Children" - whichever you prefer.

The book isn't very long, but it still took me a little bit to get into. It took me no more than an hour to read and there were certainly passages in the book that I found interesting. It wasn't as funny as I expected; instead, it offers up a good lesson on the limits of alcohol and how too much can affect you in a negative way. In that regard, it really did seem like a "Grown-up Book for Children" and as someone who does not drink alcohol, it's one I could appreciate. I don't mind people that drink, but in moderation!

As for the summary, where it mentions a "butt-kicking intruder from a world within our world", the author is actually talking about a beer fairy. Yes, a beer fairy. She was the one giving out all the wisdom on proper drinking, etc. to Gracie. One of her quotes was something I really liked though-

"Courage is where you find it. Having said that, I must admit that bravery that comes from a bottle - or from a book or a sermon, for that matter - lacks the full strength and purity of bravery that comes straight from the heart."
-pg.109

Overall, it was a very quick read that I was able to find some meaning out of...though if I gave ratings, I'd say this is around a three star read overall.

15 comments:

Medeia Sharif said...

I read a Robbins book long ago and haven't read him since then. This sounds like it can be a cute read.

Tracy Terry said...

A shame it wasn't as funny as you'd hoped. I love your description of a
"Children's Book for Grown-ups" or "Grown-up Book for Children"

Kindlemom said...

LOL, this definitely sounds interesting. I am glad you had fun with this one.

Alexia561 said...

Fun cover, but I've never read Tom Robbins for some reason. Sounds like a fast, fun read, so maybe I'll use this as a "gateway" book. ;)

Liviania said...

Eh, sounds kind of basic and preachy. (Plus I'm not interested in beer.)

Cascia Talbert said...

Interesting! I've never heard of this book before. I do love beer. I might have to look for this book. Have a terrific day!

Heidi@Rainy Day Ramblings said...

The concept sounds interesting, but I would definitely do this as a library book before purchasing!

Krysten Gautreaux said...

Eh, sounds like a pass to me.

Melissa (Books and Things) said...

Interesting. I don't think I've heard of this one at all. Glad you enjoyed it and found it useful.

Ginny Gallagher said...

I know some adults that could benefit from the lessons in this book. :)

Ginny Gallagher said...

I know some adults that could benefit from the lessons in this book. :)

Aylee said...

Huh, well this is interesting? I guess it doesn't sound particularly meaningful unless you're looking for it, but I'm intrigued by the mention of a beer fairy.

Tanja - Tanychy said...

LOL a beer fairy! That's so funny! I have never heard of this one but the whole idea about limiting your drinking seem really good to me, especially for teens. Great review, Lauren :)

A Voracious Reader said...

As Homer Simpson says: Mmmm...beer goes here. *pats belly*

Lily B said...

short book that took a while to get into, aww oh well