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Fierce Invalids Home from Hot Climates (Unabridged)

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 cyber whiz who hates computers, a robust bon vivant who can be as squeamish as any fop, 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). And as we dog Switters' strangely elevated heels across four continents, in and out of love and danger, Robbins explores, challenges, mocks, and celebrates virtually every major aspect of our mercurial era. To describe a Tom Robbins plot does not begin to describe a Tom Robbins novel. Moreover, the internationally acclaimed, best-selling author, with his love of language nuance, and surprise, is as opposed to story summations as J.D. Salinger. It is revealing, however, to learn what things Robbins lists as having influenced the writing of Fierce Invalids: "This book was inspired by an entry from Bruce Chatwin's journal, by a CIA agent I met in Southeast Asia, by the mystery surrounding the lost prophecy of the Virgin of Fatima, by the increasing evidence that the interplay of opposites is the engine that runs the universe, and by the embroidered memories of old Terry and the Pirates comic books."

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Tom Robbins is truly a bona fide genius. Profoundly deep realizations of existence pour effortlessly from his pen as sparkling metaphor. If you cross into his domain, be prepared for fiction as an art form - an unrelenting cosmic ride into the very depths of your being. With Robbins, the page-turner plot is only half the experience - the other half is up to you. When you purchase this, keep the rewind button handy - you'll need it.

This is by far my favorite Audiobook

Keith Szarabajka has the perfect voice to read this book, I have listened to it three times and it never gets old. Switters is the most interesting protagonist I think I have ever followed and I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys audio books. You will laugh out loud and it will stay with you for months after you listen to it. Truly a masterpiece.

Oh Switters, I Worship Thee

Tom Robbins surpasses everyone on the planet (as far as I'm concerned) with his pithy, richly embroidered tale of adventure, intrigue, loyalty, inner awareness and spiritual anomalies. Our hero, Switters should be the new guru for our troubled modern times. His views of the world, expressed always with lush vocabulary and razor sharp wit are so entertaining, so intriguing I truly hated putting my audiobook to sleep at night. I'll stop here, for I cannot truly describe this profoundly delightful tale sufficiently. Suffice it to say, "People Of Zee Verld, Relax!" is my new mantra.

Tom Robbins, Fierce Invalids Home from Hot Climates (Unabridged)
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  • Narrator: Keith Szarabajka
  • Published: 2000
  • Category: Fiction
  • Provider: Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio
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