In the first page or two of this book, I knew it would either be fabulous or awful. The playful language could have gone either way; I would either sink into the voice or feel put off by it. Fortunately, by the third or fourth page I'd forgotten all about the style, and curiosity about this odd Orange Whippey fellow and his eccentric associates had taken over. The humor builds as the story progresses and Orange becomes entangled in stranger and stranger circumstances, while all he wants to do is waste time, acquire more beer, and get home to his cat, hopefully without being thrown overboard (again). I would recommend this book for fans of Tom Robbins.