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 cyberwhiz who hates computers; 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). Yet there is nothing remotely wishy-washy about Switters. He doesn't merely pack a pistol. He is a pistol. And as we dog Switters's strangely elevated heels across four continents, in and out of love and danger, discovering in the process the "true" Third Secret of Fatima, we experience Tom Robbins-that fearless storyteller, spiritual renegade, and verbal break dancer-at the top of his game. On one level this is a fast-paced CIA adventure story with comic overtones; on another it's a serious novel of ideas that brings the Big Picture into unexpected focus; but perhaps more than anything else, Fierce Invalids is a sexy celebration of language and life. From the Trade Paperback edition.
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by Tom Robbins
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"Tom Robbins is famous for detailed prose that describes a character's psyche as casually as his physical makeup. This audiobook continues the trend with the adventures of Switters, one of the most psychologically complex characters Robbins has ever created. Keith Szarabajka tackles the outrageous text, as well as its subtle nuances, and delivers a performance that is compelling and energetic. It would be easy to get bogged down in Robbins's narrative asides and way- out rants, but it all works out in the end and Szarabajka presents the tale with finesse. It's a pleasure to have another Tom Robbins audiobook and even better to have it narrated so well! R.A.P. (c) AudioFile 2000, Portland, Maine"
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