Fierce Invalids Home From Hot Climates by Tom Robbins

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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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About Tom Robbins

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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 Italy's Corriere della Sera. A Southerner by birth, Robbins has lived in and around Seattle since 1962.
 
Published June 17, 2003 by Bantam. 464 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment, Comics & Graphic Novels, Romance. Fiction

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Longterm hospital patients or transcontinental Greyhound riders might happily kill time trudging through Robbins's lectures on every hackneyed social evil from advertising to dogmatism. Everyone else, skip over the pageslong polemics, and enjoy a whimsical tall tale of a potsmoking, teenagers...

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Fans of Robbins (Jitterbug Perfume; Still Life with Woodpecker) will be delighted to find that his first book in almost six years contains many of the elements they have come to expect from this imagi

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Maestra failed to greet him in the vestibule, so Switters wandered the ground floor searching for her.

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And while they do maintain chronological order and a connective element (Switters), and while the motif is a far cry from the kind of stream-of-consciousness that makes Finnegans Wake simultaneously the most realistic and the most unreadable book ever written (unreadable precisely because it is s...

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On assignment in Peru (he has been ordered to verify the philosophical commitment of a new CIA recruit), Switters encounters a Kandakandero medicine man who gives him mind-altering drugs and wisdom, but in exchange inflicts a curse: if Switters's feet ever touch the ground, he will be struck dead...

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The narrative swirls around a misanthropic idealist and CIA dropout named Switters, who lusts after his 16-year-old stepsister in Seattle, eats a parrot, is cursed by a Peruvian shaman, discovers the lost prophecy of the Virgin of Fátima in the Syrian desert and has sex with a nun—in other words,...

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Austin Chronicle

Switters, the CIA-agent hero of Tom Robbins' seventh novel, Fierce Invalids Home From Hot Climates, is described as being "like a puncture in a high-pressure hose, spurting in all directions, spuming with an irrepressible puissance."

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