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Fierce Invalids Home from Hot Climatesby Tom Robbins
Synopses & Reviews
Every once in a while a writer emerges who is so fresh, so original they become the prototype for a new style. They become elemental. You can tell that a writer has achieved this status when their name is used in a sentence like this: "This spare, hilarious, angst-ridden story is equal parts Carver, Sedaris, and Salinger." For the past three decades, Tom Robbins's name has helped describe countless exuberant, subversive, cerebral, libidinous, psychedelic romps through the weirdly conflicted mores of the late 20th century. However, as Robbins reminds readers in this, his spectacular, seventh novel, there's still nothing like the original.
Like all of Robbins's fiction, the compellingly convoluted plot of Fierce Invalids Home from Hot Climates revolves around a spectacular, larger-than-life character. And, even by Robbins's standards, Switters is a doozy. Propelled through life by the most improbable, outrageous collection of contradictions in all of literature (he's an anarchist working for the CIA, a wheelchair-bound world traveler, etc.) Switters finds himself in the strangest situations (plowing through the South American jungle in order to free a decrepit parrot), in league with the oddest people (misshapen shamans, renegade nuns), and humming the least likely tunes ("Send in the Clowns"). That Robbins used this mess of material to effect a sort of clandestine clarity is evidence of his underlying seriousness, and of his continued mastery of the genre he invented. Martin, Powells.com
About the Author
Tom Robbins has been called "a vital natural resource" by the Portland Oregonian, "one of the wildest and most entertaining novelists in the world" by the Financial Times of London, and "the most dangerous writer in the world today" by Fernanda Pivano of Italy's Corriere della Sera. A Southerner by birth, Robbins has lived in and around Seattle since 1962.
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