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Fierce Invalids Home from Hot Climates

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ISBN13: 9780553379334
ISBN10: 055337933x
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Switters is a contradiction for all seasons: an anarchist who works for the government; a pacifist who carries a gun; a vegetarian who sops up ham gravy; a cyberwhiz who hates computers; a man who, though obsessed with the preservation of innocence, is aching to deflower his high-school-age stepsister (only to become equally enamored of a nun ten years his senior).

Yet there is nothing remotely wishy-washy about Switters. He doesn't merely pack a pistol. He is a pistol. And as we dog Switters's strangely elevated heels across four continents, in and out of love and danger, discovering in the process the "true" Third Secret of Fatima, we experience Tom Robbins — that fearless storyteller, spiritual renegade, and verbal break dancer — at the top of his game.

On one level this is a fast-paced CIA adventure story with comic overtones; on another it's a serious novel of ideas that brings the Big Picture into unexpected focus; but perhaps more than anything else, Fierce Invalids is a sexy celebration of language and life.

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"Superb." New York Post

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"Robbins's seventh novel is an incredibly humorous and completely outlandish romp through the world of international intelligence." Booklist

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"As clever and witty a novel as anyone has written in a long time....The plot is sustained by [Robbins's] usual virtuoso writing and brilliant flashes of insight....Robbins takes readers on a wild, delightful ride....A delight from beginning to end." Buffalo News

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"Dangerous? Wicked? Forbidden? You bet....Pour yourself a bowl of chips and dig in." Daily News, New York

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"Robbins is a great writer...and definitely a provocative rascal." The Tennessean

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"Whoever said truth is stranger than fiction never read a Tom Robbins novel....Clever, creative, and witty, Robbins tosses off impassioned observations like handfuls of flower petals." The San Diego Union-Tribune

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Now in paperback comes the newest bestseller by the author of Half Asleep in Frog Pajamas and Skinny Legs and All. Robbins explores, challenges, mocks, and celebrates virtually every major aspect of our contemporary era as he brings onstage the most complex and compelling character he's ever created.

About the Author

Tom Robbins has been called “a vital natural resource” by The 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 Italys Corriere della Sera. A Southerner by birth, Robbins has lived in and around Seattle since 1962.

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Michael Moy, May 12, 2009 (view all comments by Michael Moy)
Religion, the Amazon, marketing, sex, witch-doctors, meditation and a Matisse "Blue Nude" put into the blender that is Tom Robbins and what you get is a cocktail so delicious and potent you can't help going back for more.
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satin worship, July 5, 2008 (view all comments by satin worship)
If you haven't read Tom Robbins, you need to buy this book right now. I've read just about every book by him, and this is still my favorite. Tom Robbins writes like he can read your mind, and pours your every shameful desire into well crafted prose. He writes morals without being preachy, he writes sensuality without being dirty, and he writes some of the best fiction in the world that will never go out of style.
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Marie Angell, August 8, 2007 (view all comments by Marie Angell)
Tom Robbins has quite an imagination. This book, about an eccentric CIA agent and his equally kooky kin and acquaintances, scoots all over the world and hits on a number of contemporary topics.

Robbins has a gift for being glibly ironic without quite going over the cliff into Too Much. While I never laughed aloud, I did find the book amusing.

The premise of the book is deliberately preposterous but somehow manages to be credible within its own little world. Robbins seems to have intended Fierce Invalids to be a romp first, a satire second--at least that's how it turned out.

If you like your spy novels dark and realistic like Graham Greene's, this won't work for you. But if you enjoy just seeing what the heck these guys are going to do, well, it's a pleasant way to spend a few hours reading on the porch (or your preferred equivalent).

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780553379334
Author:
Robbins, Tom
Publisher:
Bantam
Author:
Robbins, Tom
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Adventure and adventurers
Subject:
Adventure stories
Subject:
Satire
Subject:
Adventure fiction
Subject:
Intelligence officers
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
03-11
Publication Date:
20010531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
464
Dimensions:
8.08 x 5.23 x 1 in 0.74 lb

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Product details 464 pages Libri - English 9780553379334 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Superb."
"Review" by , "Robbins's seventh novel is an incredibly humorous and completely outlandish romp through the world of international intelligence."
"Review" by , "As clever and witty a novel as anyone has written in a long time....The plot is sustained by [Robbins's] usual virtuoso writing and brilliant flashes of insight....Robbins takes readers on a wild, delightful ride....A delight from beginning to end."
"Review" by , "Dangerous? Wicked? Forbidden? You bet....Pour yourself a bowl of chips and dig in."
"Review" by , "Robbins is a great writer...and definitely a provocative rascal."
"Review" by , "Whoever said truth is stranger than fiction never read a Tom Robbins novel....Clever, creative, and witty, Robbins tosses off impassioned observations like handfuls of flower petals."
"Synopsis" by , Now in paperback comes the newest bestseller by the author of Half Asleep in Frog Pajamas and Skinny Legs and All. Robbins explores, challenges, mocks, and celebrates virtually every major aspect of our contemporary era as he brings onstage the most complex and compelling character he's ever created.
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