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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.
I'm a Tom Robbins fan, and "Fierce Invalids" is ok, but not his best work. Maybe it's the content of the main character and his sexual proclivities that turn me away a... Read morePublished 1 month ago by vina
Lots of verbal gymnastics and pyrotechnics but little substance. Robbins' writing has become a parody of itself.Published 2 months ago by Briton
Another great novel from Tom Robbins. I thoroughly enjoyed the audible edition.Published 3 months ago by Michelle L. Evey
My favourite Tom Robbins Book by my favourite author, inspiring, funny and an amazing read. I also love all of his other booksPublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Sophomoric ,mediocre writing and poor plot-- can't believe it was on NYTimes listPublished 6 months ago by w Boothe
Delightful read, as always! Fun characters, interesting very original story.Published 6 months ago by E. B. Menzel