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Fierce Invalids Home from Hot Climates

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  • Posted May 15, 2010

    Women Love These Fierce Invalids Home from Hot Climates?

    This woman certainly does. "Fierce Invalids" provides an excellent psychogeographical and sexy journey. Robbins exhibits unique verbosity (as usual!), and continues to disarm his readers with its charm.
    Following CIA operative 'Switters' across the globe in his celebratory manner of performing assignments playfully tugs at the infinitely mysterious synchronicity of time, space, and hallucinogen.
    Finding himself on dual assignment in South America-one for the money, two for the show-he must eventually come to terms with entanglement in matters spiritual and bureaucratic; all the while, pining for unlawful carnal knowledge of his underage stepsister, 'Suzy'. Behooved to move forward, Switters must continue clandestine cooperation in the chaotic middle east, coincidentally colliding with a cloister of excommunicated nuns, prideful in the power of prayer. One 'Domino Thiry' captures his fierce gaze with her rare and matter-of-fact thoughtfulness, yet the reflection is relegated to the regarded.
    The opportunistic reader will revel in its gritty variety.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2001

    Holy Hymen Hotel

    This was the first Tom Robbins novel I have read. I enjoyed his gritty tale and use of erotic, out of the way, discriptions. The characters were engaging and the story was to say the least ....'unique' (I chose earings.... sue me) My biggest problem with the book was it seemed that the author was a little too busy concentrating on his political commentary at times. He used the story as a vehicle for pulpiting all he wanted to say, but was a little carried away at points. Occasionally I felt as if he could have let the reader read between the lines a bit instead of going ape on his tyrades. Just the same, the story got me through it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2001

    Disappointed in the ending.

    I've been a Robbins fan since 'Another Roadside Attraction' although I didn't read his last two books (busy raising children). I was absolutely delighted to pick up 'Fierce Invalids' and find that Robbins is still as stimulating as ever. As I read, I felt almost like I was rediscovering an old friend. Who else has this imagination? And his use of the language produces a feeling within me that nears euphoria. He's an incredible writer. While I enjoyed watching Switters develop throughout the story, I felt that in the end he hadn't changed a bit. And that was disappointing. In previous Robbins books, I was disappointed because the books ended. But this time I felt differently. I felt somewhat betrayed by my favorite author. However, my pleasure in reading the book (until the last few pages) was so immense that I still give it 4 stars!

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