There are a few separate stories throughout most of the novel, but we soon learn the narratives are not unrelated. We have an Arab, a Jew, a waitress wannabe artist, a redneck, a street performer, a belly dancer, a wise old bean can, a shy spoon, a painted stick, a conch shell, and an old dirty sock— among others. We follow the items on one journey; the waitress on another. And somehow, through an interpretative study of race, politics, relationships, art, and religion, we meet them all together at the end for Salome’s Dance of the Seven Veils, a reflection of the delusions that hide universal truths.
At first, you’re bound to think, “What the…?” but your questions will be answered shortly if you continue reading. In fact, Robbins does such an incredible job at creating relevance in quirky, odd— sometimes absurd— characters and events that you’ll be mesmerized by each thread that weaves his story.
It’s a powerful, compelling novel designed to elicit necessary introspection from its readers as well as a fresh analysis of our world and our history.
- Book Review ~ skinny legs and all (theriverpaper.wordpress.com)