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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by New York Post,
"Robbins's seventh novel is an incredibly humorous and completely outlandish romp through the world of international intelligence."
by Buffalo News,
"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."
by Daily News, New York,
"Dangerous? Wicked? Forbidden? You bet....Pour yourself a bowl of chips and dig in."
by The Tennessean,
"Robbins is a great writer...and definitely a provocative rascal."
by The San Diego Union-Tribune,
"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."
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