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Fierce Invalids Home From Hot Climates

Book - 2003
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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"--Cover p. [4].
Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, [2003]
Edition: Bantam trade pbk. reissue
ISBN: 9780553379334
Branch Call Number: F ROB


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Mar 31, 2015

There isn't much from Tom Robbins that I haven't liked but this one is at the top of my list, along with Jitterbug Perfume. Endlessly delightful, there just aren't enough words to describe the playfulness and intelligence of the ideas here. The plot is great too, but that's always secondary.

Jul 20, 2012

My least favorite of this author's books so far. I had difficulty staying interested in the storyline as it meandered and stalled a lot. Tom Robbins is, however, always entertaining and thought provoking and this book has many funny and interesting points. I've read and reread many of his other novels, but won't be reading this one again.

daymakerdave Feb 15, 2011

Hee hee hee. The main character of the book know the word for vagina in 72 languages.

Sep 28, 2010

Great book. The story is fascinating meaning you can't put the book down. The main character is both hilarious and thought provoking. He had me laughing every couple pages and at the same time forced me to think hard about a number of issues.

Sep 09, 2010

Either Robbins has become less interesting or may tastes have changes in the last 200 years (or both).

Jun 06, 2010

This book is awesome, it is different and fun and hard to put down.


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