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Originally self-published in 2001, Vigorito's bloated first novel goes mainstream in this "newly updated" version. When Dr. Blip Korterly, the eccentric philosopher best friend of narrator and molecular biologist Dr. Flake Fountain, vandalizes a bridge with the words "uh-oh," he starts a chain reaction that ends in cataclysm. Along the way, Flake is enlisted by Tibor Tynee, the megalomaniac president and CEO of Tynee University (and Flake's boss), to create a vaccine for the Pied Piper virus, a U.S. military-designed bug that destroys humans' ability to communicate. General Kiljoy, in charge of the Pied Piper project (and very, very Gen. Ripper from Dr. Strangelove), works out a deal with the local police and the university to test the virus on prisoners. Blip, arrested after a confrontation with a raving preacher on the university green, ends up becoming one of the test subjects. The virus, of course, escapes the test facility, leading to some very bad things. Vigorito frequently delves into goofy metaphors and hippie screeds, and though his novel offers plenty of absurdity, his inability to go big with humor or vision leaves this feeling like Pynchon ultra-lite. (Apr.)
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PRAISE FOR JUST A COUPLE OF DAYS

"Just a Couple of Days may be the most unusual, the most original novel I have ever read. It reminds me of my own first novel, Another Roadside Attraction, in that it almost completely defies what we've been taught that a novel ought to be... If philosophical ideas were harpoons, Tony Vigorito could turn every whale in Ahab's ocean into floating pincushions..." —Tom Robbins

"A lyrical, thoughtful, viral meme of a book. Read it!"—CHRISTOPHER MOORE, author of LAMB and A DIRTY JOB

"This is the kind of literary enjoyment so many people say you shouldn’t have, and then worry about when you start to draw larger conclusions from . . . I’d go so far as to say that this novel is ‘folk heroic’ and should be read by anyone who still values their capacity to think for themselves."—KRIS SAKNUSSEMM, author of ZANESVILLE



"Like a technologically savvy modern-day Rabelais, Vigorito gives humanity a swift, playful, and long overdue slap on the ass."

(Chris Genoa author of Foop!)

"A Dr. Strangelove for the biotech century. Just a Couple of Days is savvy, wickedly funny, and profoundly disturbing. "

(Richard Heinberg author of Powerdown)

 "Just a Couple of Days is a lyrical, thoughtful, viral meme of a book. Read it!"
(Christopher Moore author of You Suck)

"This novel is "folk heroic" and should be read by anyone who still values their capacity to think for themselves."

(Kris Saknussemm author of Zanesville)

"Irreverent, whimsical. The final apocalyptic vision is a twist not seen since Kurt Vonnegut's Cat's Cradle. Recommended."

(Library Journal) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 346 pages
  • Publisher: Bast Books (September 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0970141947
  • ISBN-13: 978-0970141941
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (138 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,540,755 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Tony Vigorito is the author of the award-winning underground sensation, Just a Couple of Days, Nine Kinds of Naked, and a forthcoming third novel. Visit www.tonyvigorito.com to read his numerous essays as well as extended samples from all of his books.

You may also follow him via instagram or twitter @tonyvigorito, or facebook.com/tonyvigorito.writer.

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153 of 175 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 3, 2002
Format: Paperback
I usually cringe at gushy superlatives, but this time it cannot be helped. This is absolutely the best book I've ever read. To be certain, it would be inaccessible to folks with a fifth-grade reading level. It would also be incomprehensible to people who cannot think on an allegorical level. But for anyone who knows how to think, THIS BOOK WILL BLOW YOUR MIND! Every element of the story is tightly crafted. I wish I could describe the story but I've already tried with my friends and find myself fumbling about trying to describe it. Let me try this: It's a hilarious and hallucinogenic apocalypse, but apocalypse doesn't mean what you think it means. The story and the main characters are so engaging that after the first forty pages I couldn't put it down to answer the phone. The writing has layer upon wonderful layer of allegory and metaphor reminiscient of Thomas Pynchon or Tom Robbins, and the epilogue left me with an afterglow that I've yet to come down from.
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51 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Kristen Talley on April 30, 2002
Format: Paperback
I normally do not write reviews. But, it's been quite awhile since I've read a book that engrossed me as much as this one did. It took me through a wide array of emotions; humor, anger, sadness, and joy. Even as I'm writing now, I am almost speechless. Almost. I love how smoothly the book flows; the story itself is beautiful. I recommend it to everyone I know, and all have thanked me profusely for it. So, I guess the real reason for writing this is to recommend this book to all of the people that I don't know. Read it. You won't regret it.
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39 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Andrea on April 25, 2003
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First of all, this is one of the coolest books I've ever read. A review on the front cover calls it a "Dr. Strangelove for the biotech century," but I would also compare it to Cat's Cradle, one of my favorite books, although Just a Couple of Days is a good deal more lighthearted.
Second, it was very difficult to put this book down since the chapters are short. I found myself always wanting to read just one more chapter, until the next thing I knew I had read fifty more pages.
Third, the tangents are fascinating and hilarious. The writing got a little voluptuous at times, but that was one of my favorite things. It was clear that he was enjoying himself.
Finally, the philosophy of language and communication implied by this story left me engrossed in thought for hours. This book is a celebration of life. You'd have to be a jaded cynic to not like it.
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97 of 116 people found the following review helpful By Wiggs Dannyboy on November 7, 2002
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It is unfathomable to me that anyone could dislike this book. However, I've seen it happen with a couple of my friends. It works like this: People either love it or they hate it. There is no lukewarm shrugging. I'm no empiricist, but I think I have identified a couple of characteristics that may determine which category you might fall into.
1. If you can't stand artists who horse around with their craft, whether it's jam bands or wordplay a la Robbins, you may not like this book. I happen to love this kind of free associative spontaneity in music and writing.
2. If this godforsaken world has overcooked your spirit into hardboiled cynicism, you may not like this book. This book is about love, universal love. Some people scoff at this idea.
That's what my friends have in common anyway. Another characteristic might include whether a non-linear plot frustrates you. If so, this one will enrage you. All told, it's not my absolute favorite book, but it's definitely up there.
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49 of 57 people found the following review helpful By G Smith on May 11, 2004
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All I can say is Wow! This book is filled with so many great ideas and points of view that you almost have to read it twice just to start remembering them. The author has no other books that I am aware of and a company I have not even heard of publishes his one book, but they sure hit the jackpot.

Everyone I have given this book to has loved it and it is one of the only books that I insist on getting back after lending it.

Be forewarned that you may need a good dictionary and a very good vocabulary to handle the writing style.
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61 of 73 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 11, 2003
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I'm impressed, but I'm having a hard time describing why. Just a Couple of Days is not easily categorized into a neat little genre. It has elements of sci-fi, but then not really, or perhaps only to the extent that Kurt Vonnegut does. But then it's much more inspiring than Vonnegut's work, and so then it drifts toward Tom Robbins, as I've seen it compared to in other reviews, but then that comparison falters too because the plotline here is much more engaging and suspenseful. There is the wordplay, which I resisted the same way I usually resist the first 50 pages of any Robbins novel before I finally succumb. But here too, the wordplay also serves as a demonstration of the novel's theme, which has mainly to do with the significance of language to the human perception of reality. I was entertained but I was also enlightened, and so there's also some similarities to be drawn to "visionary fiction" such as James Redfield and Daniel Quinn, but then again not really, as those writers tend to be overly ponderous and contrived, with flimsy plotlines and occasional flakiness. There's really none of that here, despite the fact that one of the main characters' names is Flake, which should illustrate the fact that Vigorito takes nothing seriously. It was fun, an absurdist psychedelic satire of the apocalypse, that's my categorization. I've never read anything like it before, and I look forward to his next novel.
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