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Официально признанный "национальным достоянием американской контркультуры" Том Роббинс вызвал этим романом в 2000 грандиозный скандал, ибо посягнул на святое - классические штампы этой самой контркультуры! Агент секретной службы, который в душе был и остается анархистом...
Шаманы языческих племен, налагающие на несчастных белых интеллектуалов странные табу...
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Published 2006 by АСТ (first published 2000)
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Tim Darnell
Aug 05, 2007 Tim Darnell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Any Humans; missing links need not apply.
Shelves: favorites
This book is by no small margin my favorite novel of all time.

First off, Switters is the greatest single character to emerge from modern literature pure and simple. Not only is he hilarious and a great role model for any law enforcement employee, but his personal philosophies (not discounting his desire to plow his step-sister,) are intriguing and captivating. "Rather than eschewing his contradictory nature, as is typical Western practice, Switters embraces it. He's a CIA agent who hates the go
Leslie Gal
May 15, 2007 Leslie Gal rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Some people love this shit and find it oh so witty and creative, but to me the perfect phrase to describe this book (and all Tom Robbins) is "verbal masturbation." If you value the simple beauty of good prose, you will feel dirty after ol Robbins spews gratuitous, barely cogent metaphors willy-nilly all over your literary face line after nauseating line. Robbins is clearly getting off on his own cleverness; it's just too bad he didn't stop to think about your needs.
Will C
Feb 14, 2008 Will C rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Probably my favorite Tom Robbins novel, one of the few with a male protagonist (some of his books focus on female leads, and a few have couples, but the narration generally focuses on the woman). Switters, the nymphet-chasing secret agent and self described "acquired taste," finds himself confined to a wheelchair. A shaman's curse (the price of a psychedelic revelation) condemns him to death if his feet ever touch the ground. He starts the novel in love with his underage step sister, working for ...more
Arax Miltiadous
Feb 08, 2011 Arax Miltiadous rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
από που να ξεκινήσω...
Εν αρχής ο Σουιτερς είναι ο πιο αγαπημένος μου φανταστικός ήρωας. η απολυτή αντίφαση, η λαγνεία, η εξυπνάδα, η επιρρέπεια σε όλων των ειδών τις απολαύσεις και τις πρωτόγνωρες εμπειρίες. Η γνωριμία μου μαζί του συντέλεσε στην αναδιαμόρφωση της κοσμοθεωρίας μου και της οπτικής που αντιμετωπίζω τη ζωή.

Τι να ναι αυτό λοιπόν, που θα μπορούσε να ανάγει μια γνώση σε απαγορευμένη?
Και πόσο μακριά διατίθεται κάποιος να φτάσει για να απαντήθει αυτό ερώτημα?

Είναι η ζωή ένα σύνολο φυσι
Mar 27, 2011 Danger rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Danger by: drag queens, Frankenstein, human beings and other assorted fauna
Everytime I don't know what to buy people for Christmas or their birthday, I just get them a copy of this book. I give them two months and then ask what they thought of it. If they say they loved it, we continue to be friends. If they didn't like it, I challenge them to a gladiator-style death match. As you could surmise by the fact that I'm writing this right now, I've never lost a death match. That's how much I love this book.
Aug 07, 2007 Lindsay rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
i've well acquainted with the pantheon of tom robbins (except for wild ducks flying backward- saving that for a rainy day), but i have to count myself among the many who consider this a favorite of the bunch. well written, fast, and full of shamanic/monastic greatness. i would even say a tour de force if that wasn't the shittiest, most hackneyed phrase in book reviewdom.
Dec 30, 2008 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Likely my favorite book of all time. Former CIA agent Switters treks through the Amazon searching for shaman named "The End of Time/ Today IS Tomorrow," accompanied only by his parrot who lives by the motto "Peeple of zee wurl, relax!" I spit every time I hear the name "John Foster Dulles." Ingenious.
Jan 28, 2009 E rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: The pure of heart
Top 5.
Switters is my hero. An absurd and rollicking good time. If you enjoy philosophy, drugs, booze, sex and should be into this.
HEADLINE: I do not care much for John Foster Dulles either.

Tim Robbins makes my smile muscles hurt. The man's work in the form of this novel is completely over the top. The protagonist is Switters, a CIA operative. CIA operatives from Switters's own point of view come in two flavors, cowboys and angels. Switters of course sees himself in the latter category.

The plot is of the wildly improbable sort. It takes Switters from Seattle, to Peru, into a wheelchair, to Central Syria and Damascus, onto
Aug 24, 2016 Tim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humor, fiction
I am embarassed to admit that this is the first thing I have read by Robbins! Of course, I heard of him long ago, and saw the movie version of "Even Cowgirls Get the Blues" (which may have turned me off), but why has it taken me so long to sit down and spend some time with him? I plan to correct that error. Robbins is one heckofa writer! His stuff is loony, thought-provoking, hysterically funny, highly creative, lively, impertinent, stylized - I could go on for a while here - all at the same tim ...more
Nov 09, 2009 Robin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Sometimes you find a book at the wrong time in your life, and you think how much you would have liked it if you had read it 10 years ago. This is one of those books for me.

I kept reading anyways, probably because there are enough funny/interesting parts to propel you through the annoying parts.

Someone recommended it to me when I was a college freshman, but I only recently got around to reading it. He told me something along the lines of "you're sex positive, so you would enjoy this sexy romp of
Nov 17, 2012 Adam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: usa
This is the third novel by Tom Robbins that I have read, and by far the most enjoyable.

Switters, a CIA agent, is about to be sent on assignment in South America. Hearing that, his elderly computer-hacking grandmother in Seattle asks, or rather orders, him to take her aged pet parrot back to the Peruvian jungle so that it could spend its dotage with fellow parrots rather than in a cage. Switters meets a shaman in the jungle. This fellow meets Switters and takes an interest in the parrot's unusual
Jul 29, 2011 Lisa rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

Fierce Invalids Home from Hot Climates
Current mood: disappointed

"Could you pull off there? " she immediately asked, pointing ... to a gas station. "I really have to use the bathroom."

"Say toilet, would you darling. I don't believe bathing is one of the services Texaco provides."


"No, it's not unimportant. Intelligent speech is under pressure in our fair land and needs all the support it can get."

above is my favorite part of this book, which i would NOT recommend to others.

not being a
Apr 21, 2011 Kat rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Αυτό το βιβλίο με έκανε να γελάσω. Το γέλιο είναι καλό, οπότε μου άρεσε. Πολλές λεπτομέρειες που μου έφεραν νύστα σε κάτι φάσεις σουπερ ντάγκλας. Δεν αποκλείεται και το βιβλίο να έχει γραφτεί σε ανάλογες φάσεις (ψυχεδελικές).
Ο Switters είναι ο καλύτερος αγριεμένος ανάπηρος από καυτά κλίματα που γνώρισα ποτέ και αυτό γιατί είναι αυθεντικός.
Μη διαβάζετε άλλα βιβλία με δράμα και θλίψη και όλα τα κακά του κόσμου. Διαβάστε αυτό.
Rachel Moore
I was told to read this book by a friend who is absolutely nuts over this author. Tom Robbins is obviously a very smart man and has extremely creative stories.

He has massive vocabulary and I found myself looking up words throughout this novel. In the end I was extremely unsatisfied. Tom Robbins tends to ramble for pages upon pages within this book which is like trying to concentrate on listening to someone talking to you on acid.

It can be boring, long and will relate to absolutely nothing in t
Nick Iuppa
Jan 03, 2015 Nick Iuppa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Aug 26, 2010 Elizabeth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'll start off by saying that I think I would have enjoyed this book more if I had read it a couple of years later. My dad recommended the author to me after I finished Cat's Cradle and said "that was crazy." He said "You think Vonnegut is nuts? Try Robbins." Robbins' books should be put in the literary asylum. But this is a really good book, full of nonstop energy and hilarity, but it's definitely adult humor. The main character is a CIA "errand boy" who doesn't like to play by the rules. He pr ...more
Feb 15, 2014 Sarah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was the only book I had to hand to read while I sat by my father's bedside for a few days this year. It was ghastly.

I found this book disturbing and boring. (Strike that - it wasn't interesting enough to be disturbing). As mentioned previously the main protagonist and his male friend are paedophiles, and the author made out this was a bit of a joke. Which it isn't.

He also seemed to love the sound of his own (narrative) voice, and, frankly, was tedious. He put flowery sentences in for the s
Dec 10, 2009 Mark rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was listed recently in EW as one of Johnny Dep's favorite. Dep seems the kind of fella that's off the deep end in taste so I thought I would read it and see why he liked it so much.
It is kind if hard to appreciate a protagonist who is a pedophile and who engages in anal sex with a nun. Perhaps this gives us... insight as to Dep's relationship with Roman Polanski!
Robbins uses wonderful flowery, flowing language, however he bleeds this over into his characters speech. Although American's
Jeanette  "Astute Crabbist"
Some of Tom Robbins's more recent novels are just too bizarre to enjoy as a whole, but he always makes statements that ring true about certain parts of society. Often he says things no one else has the guts to say. This book was no exception in that regard, although I didn't like the plot or main characters.

"It is tough to say who's a greater thread to the world--an ambitious CEO with a big ad budget, or a crafty cleric with an obsolete Bible verse."

The Bible: "The honey that's dipped from that
I always knew that men loved to hear themselves speak.
That they believe themselves to be the final word on all things.

Switters is pompous, lustful, erratic and highly intelligent. This novel takes all kinds of jumps and twist all the while you get caught up in the insane yet coherent ramblings of a man. Conspiracy, humor, sex and religion.

Tom Robbins has issues....good thing he wrote them down. This book is entertainment.

Samuel Berney
Dec 17, 2015 Samuel Berney rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
(Maybe one day I will bump this to five stars, if the book sticks in my mind.)

I want to say that I wanted to dislike this book from the get-go, but that's not true. What is actually true is that I had a rocky start with this book, and after only making it through a few pages in six weeks, (and with four days left before a bookclub meeting), I realized I had to knuckle down and plow through this bad boy.

To help myself wade through what I initially labelled as complete crap, I compulsively rewrote
Apr 05, 2017 Dymbula rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tajný agent CIA na chůdách i invalidním vozíku, jeptišky, Sýrie a můj oblíbený Deir Ez Zor, tajemství zjevení Panny Marie, dost hustá sranda... prostě Tom Robbins jak má být.
Nějaké ponaučení? Úspěch civilizace pramení z dobrého soužití s přírodou (výsada indiánů) a smíchu (výsada bělochů).
Jonathan Kent
I devoured Tom Robbins in my twenties. When I sat down to write my first novel I revisited two writers - Armistead Maupin for his command of dialogue and his ability to drive the plot forward through conversations that never burst the bubble of belief, Tom Robbins for his wildly joyous use and abuse of language, both of them for their ability to embrace the bizarre in a way that most writers fight shy of. People say truth is stranger than fiction because most writers of fiction are too timid and ...more
Jul 22, 2013 John rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A 2.5

For the first third of this book I alternated thinking it was brilliant and banal. Then it mostly bored me. Switters annoyed me. I kept thinking how aggravating he would be in real life. His pompous shenanigans did not strike me as half as witty as the character (and the author) seemed to think they were. I tired of him.

I also did not understand the author’s choice to mostly tell the story through Switters, but then at times step out and play narrator, even a few times addressing the reade
Kevin Rubin
Nov 11, 2012 Kevin Rubin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Too damned vivid!" is Switters' repeated phrase through the whole book.

Can you go wrong with a book in which the main character's claim to fame among his coworkers is knowing the word for female genitalia in over 70 languages?

Switters begins the story as a CIA field agent, until on a mission in South America he and a British traveller meet a shaman who might be real. The shaman curses both of them, but neither really believes it, till the British guy talks Switters into a test of his, and when
Slavo Ingilizov
Nov 12, 2012 Slavo Ingilizov rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I first started reading "Villa Incognito" a couple of years back, but made the mistake of reading the Bulgarian translation and not the original. I didn't like it, and consequently laughed at all my friends who recommended Tom Robbins.

Well, it turns out he's so great. "Fierce Invalids" is proof. He's not great because of twists in the plot, or a narrative which doesn't let you leave the book. Today people reading mediocre mystery and criminal novels have come to expect those, but Tom Robbins shi
Rowland Bismark
Robbins could write his way into the panties of any grammar compulsive, vocabulary obsessed school marm and somehow make it seem as if it were her idea. This book is a romp of words and spuriously decorative suggestion, at once a curious mix of cartoon and spiritual incisive wisdom.

As with anything Robbinesque it requires suspension of belief while simultaneously challenging and championing belief. Tongue in cheek with Robbins requires opening your interpretation of that colloquialism to all par
Beth Lind
I'm not sure how to describe this book but let me take a Switter sized gulp of some water and see what I can do. For me, the story was merely the backdrop while the real plot was to hear Switter's commentary on life, on religion, on politics, on love and romance. Switters lives life well as an somewhat immature grammar fiend who makes the slicing, dicing and serving of words feel like a full course dinner in a fancy place whilst wearing yoga pants. His humor was the icing on the cake. I seriousl ...more
Feb 01, 2014 Mat rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"It was on the road to Damascus (then already six thousand years old) that the apostle Paul (formerly Saul) suffered an epileptic seizure. Pounded to his knees by the relentless strobe of the sun, an egg-white mousse of spittle sudsing from his baked lips, Paul imagined he heard the big boom-boom voice of God (formerly Yahweh) admonishing him to scorn sensuality, snub women, and subdue nature, instructions that he subsequently incorporated into the foundation of the early Church (what came to be ...more
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Thomas Eugene Robbins (born July 22, 1936 in Blowing Rock, North Carolina) is an American author. His novels are complex, often wild stories with strong social undercurrents, a satirical bent, and obscure details. His novel Even Cowgirls Get the Blues (1976) was made into a movie in 1993 directed by Gus Van Sant.

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“All depression has its roots in self-pity, and all self-pity is rooted in people taking themselves too seriously."

At the time Switters had disputed her assertion. Even at seventeen, he was aware that depression could have chemical causes.

"The key word here is roots," Maestra had countered. "The roots of depression. For most people, self-awareness and self-pity blossom simultaneously in early adolescence. It's about that time that we start viewing the world as something other than a whoop-de-doo playground, we start to experience personally how threatening it can e, how cruel and unjust. At the very moment when we become, for the first time, both introspective and socially conscientious, we receive the bad news that the world, by and large, doesn't give a rat's ass. Even an old tomato like me can recall how painful, scary, and disillusioning that realization was. So, there's a tendency, then, to slip into rage and self-pity, which if indulged, can fester into bouts of depression."

"Yeah but Maestra - "

"Don't interrupt. Now, unless someone stronger and wiser - a friend, a parent, a novelist, filmmaker, teacher, or musician - can josh us out of it, can elevate us and show us how petty and pompous and monumentally useless it is to take ourselves so seriously, then depression can become a habit, which, in tern, can produce a neurological imprint. Are you with me? Gradually, our brain chemistry becomes conditioned to react to negative stimuli in a particular, predictable way. One thing'll go wrong and it'll automatically switch on its blender and mix us that black cocktail, the ol' doomsday daiquiri, and before we know it, we're soused to the gills from the inside out. Once depression has become electrochemically integrated, it can be extremely difficult to philosophically or psychologically override it; by then it's playing by physical rules, a whole different ball game. That's why Switters my dearest, every time you've shown signs of feeling sorry for yourself, I've played my blues records really loud or read to you from The Horse's Mouth. And that's why when you've exhibited the slightest tendency toward self-importance, I've reminded you that you and me - you and I: excuse me - may be every bit as important as the President or the pope or the biggest prime-time icon in Hollywood, but none of us is much more than a pimple on the ass-end of creation, so let's not get carried away with ourselves. Preventive medicine, boy. It's preventive medicine."

"But what about self-esteem?"

"Heh! Self-esteem is for sissies. Accept that you're a pimple and try to keep a lively sense of humor about it. That way lies grace - and maybe even glory.”
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