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Fierce Invalids Home from Hot Climates by Tom Robbins
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Jul 26, 2010

it was ok
Read in January, 2003

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 parts of the anatomy.

A little tiring is his dependence on remarkable coincidence time and again. And some might criticize his almost masterbatory use of metaphor and simile, but hey, he never pretended to be Hemmingway and it's nice to see english words in print that you don't often run across.

So, if you are willing to wade into the kaleidoscopic spider web of his musings, you'll be rewarded with more than the usual fare of insights and chuckles.
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