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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.
Another Tom Robbins classic, although I didn't particularly care for the extra duration. A lot of pages spent discussing the Fatima visitations and predictions, but no clear... Read morePublished 1 day ago by James R Wopat
As most of the Tom Robbins novels I have read, this gave me many smiles and chuckles. I love Mr. Robbins's sense of humor, depth of research, and verbal diarhea. Read morePublished 26 days ago by Amazon Customer
OK, a quick confession: I read this on its original printing and was a bit let down. I thought _Another Roadside_ and _Even Cowgirls_ were superior in both story and style. Read morePublished 1 month ago by D. Kittrell
The book Is NOT a first edition. Also, has defect (2 inch rip/tare) on the back outside cover under the dust jacket. Read morePublished 1 month ago by david e wormuth
Every sentence is beautifully crafted, moves the plot along, and uses words precisely, even the ones he makes up. I have just finished reading Fierce Invalids for a second time. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Gaelic dude
Very entertaining novel and I highly, highly recommend the audio version. The narrator is fantastic and it's such an amusing tale. Read morePublished 2 months ago by M. Wyse
OK, Tom Robbins should be all that is necessary to say. Over and over until your ears sprout giant psylocibin mushrooms. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Somnambulist