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Not that a little death threat can slow him down. Switters simply hops into a wheelchair and rolls off to further footloose adventures, occasionally switching to stilts. For a Robbins hero, to be just a bit high, not earthbound, facilitates enlightenment. He bops from Peru to Seattle, where he's beguiled by the Art Girls of the Pike Place Market and his 16-year-old stepsister, and then off to Syria, where he falls in with a pack of renegade nuns bearing names like Mustang Sally and Domino Thirry. Will Switters see Domino tumble and solve the mystery of the Virgin Mary? Can the nuns convince the Pope to favor birth control--to "zonk the zygotic zillions and mitigate the multitudinous milt" and "wrest free from a woman's shoulders the boa of spermatozoa?" Can the author ever resist a shameless pun or a mutant metaphor?
The tangly plot is almost beside the point. Switters is a colorful undercover agent, and a Robbins novel is really a colorful undercover essay celebrating sex and innocence, drugs and a firm wariness of anything that tries to rewire the mind, and Broadway tunes, especially "Send in the Clowns." Some readers will be intensely offended by Switters's yen for youth and idiosyncratic views on vice. But fans will feel that extremism in the pursuit of serious fun is virtue incarnate. Fierce Invalids Home from Hot Climates is classic Tom Robbins: all smiles, similes, and subversion. --Tim Appelo --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Sophomoric ,mediocre writing and poor plot-- can't believe it was on NYTimes listPublished 2 months ago by w Boothe
Delightful read, as always! Fun characters, interesting very original story.Published 2 months ago by E. B. Menzel
Literary LSD. It will alter your brain chemistry... I cannot recommend it highly enough.Published 3 months ago by jensen tribe
Tom Robbins is one of my favorite writers. There are so many brilliant quotes in this one that your copy will be marked many times over. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Charlotte Walker
"'Do you suppose I might lubricate my cognitive apparatus with some squeezings from your swell vineyard?' 'But you haven't eaten your breakfast. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Matt Jordan
My favorite book of all time. Absolutely loved it. Switters is an outstanding literary creation.Published 4 months ago by Marc clapp
Great Tom Robbins twisted and oh so demented. I laughed and wondered if this could be how the CIA really is?Published 4 months ago by Michael Price