Fierce Invalids Home From Hot Climates

Fierce Invalids Home From Hot Climates

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"Tom Robbins has a grasp on things that dazzles the brain and he's also a world-class storyteller." --Thomas Pynchon InFierce Invalids Home From Hot Climates, his seventh and biggest novel, the wise, witty, always gutsy Tom Robbins brings onstage the most complex and compelling character he has ever created. 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 robust bon vivant who can be as squeamish as any fop, 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, Robbins explores, challenges, mocks, and celebrates virtually every major aspect of our mercurial era. As many readers well know, to describe a Tom Robbins plot does not begin to describe a Tom Robbins novel. Moreover, the internationally acclaimed, best-selling author, with his love of language, nuance, and surprise, is as opposed to story summations as J.D. Salinger. It is revealing, however, to learn what things Robbins lists as having influenced the writing ofFierce Invalids: "This book was inspired by an entry from Bruce Chatwin's journal, by a CIA agent I met in Southeast Asia, by the mystery surrounding the lost prophecy of the Virgin of Fatima, by the increasing evidence that the interplay of opposites is the engine that runs the universe, and by embroidered memories of old Terry and the Pirates comic books." Robbins also has said that throughout the writing ofFierce Invalids Home From Hot Climateshe was guided by the advice of Julia Child: "Learn to handle hot things. Keep your knives sharp. Above all, have a good time." Perhaps that is why he has managed to write a provocative, rascally novel that takes no prisoners--and yet is upbeat, romantic, meaningful, adventurous, edifying, and fun.
Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, 2000.
ISBN: 9780553107753
Branch Call Number: ROBB
Characteristics: 415p. 24cm.


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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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