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Villa Incognito (2003)

by Tom Robbins

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Imagine that there are American MIAs who chose to remain missing after the Vietnam War. Imagine that there is a family in which four generations of strong, alluring women have shared a mysterious connection to an outlandish figure from Japanese folklore. Imagine just those things (don't even try to imagine the love story) and you'll have a foretaste of Tom Robbins's eighth and perhaps most beautifully crafted novel--a work as timeless as myth yet as topical as the latest international threat. On one level, this is a book about identity, masquerade and disguise--about the false mustache of the worldo--but neither the mists of Laos nor the smog of Bangkok, neither the overcast of Seattle nor the fog of San Francisco, neither the murk of the intelligence community nor the mummery of the circus can obscure the linguistic phosphor that illuminates the pages of Villa Incognito. A female fan once wrote to Tom Robbins: Your books make me think, they make me laugh, they make me horny and they make me aware of the wonder of everything in life.o Villa Incognito will surely arouse a similar response in many readers, for in its lusty, amusing way it both celebrates existence and challenges our ideas about it. To say much more about a novel as fresh and surprising as Villa Incognito would run the risk of diluting the sheer fun of reading it. As his dedicated readers worldwide know full well, it's best to climb aboard the Tom Robbins tilt-a-whirl, kiss preconceptions and sacred cows goodbye and simply enjoy the ride.… (more)
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Pretty disappointed. In fact I couldn't finish it since I had high hopes after reading "Still life and Woodpecker". Humor was missing, narrative was dull and it's clear "Woodpecker" was an enigma in Tom's body of work. ( )
  Jonathan5 | Feb 20, 2023 |
MIAs hiding in Laos, woman descendent of Japanese animal deity Tanaki, not as good as earlier
  ritaer | Jul 5, 2021 |
Ένας τρελλός τρελλός Ρόμπινς... ( )
  GeorgiaKo | Dec 1, 2020 |
Book number nine in the fifty book challenge, and it almost feels like cheating since Robbins is so easy to read. Not half as dense as the books I usually pick up. All the same, he tells an interesting story, and the smatterings of Robbinsian philosophy permeate per usual. There are times you laugh, there are times where you just roll your eyes, and there are times when you think that's what I've been trying to say for so long. Anyways, I guess the point is he made me want to go to South East Asia and grow poppies. ( )
  likecymbeline | Apr 1, 2017 |
Yikes! Really not one of his better books. Couldn't tell you what it's even about. The first section was downright painful to get through. It got better after that -- a few giggles-- but mostly incomprehensible. ( )
  AliceAnna | Oct 24, 2014 |
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Für Alexa, wen sonst?
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It has been reported that Tanuki fell from the sky using his scrotum as a parachute.
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Imagine that there are American MIAs who chose to remain missing after the Vietnam War. Imagine that there is a family in which four generations of strong, alluring women have shared a mysterious connection to an outlandish figure from Japanese folklore. Imagine just those things (don't even try to imagine the love story) and you'll have a foretaste of Tom Robbins's eighth and perhaps most beautifully crafted novel--a work as timeless as myth yet as topical as the latest international threat. On one level, this is a book about identity, masquerade and disguise--about the false mustache of the worldo--but neither the mists of Laos nor the smog of Bangkok, neither the overcast of Seattle nor the fog of San Francisco, neither the murk of the intelligence community nor the mummery of the circus can obscure the linguistic phosphor that illuminates the pages of Villa Incognito. A female fan once wrote to Tom Robbins: Your books make me think, they make me laugh, they make me horny and they make me aware of the wonder of everything in life.o Villa Incognito will surely arouse a similar response in many readers, for in its lusty, amusing way it both celebrates existence and challenges our ideas about it. To say much more about a novel as fresh and surprising as Villa Incognito would run the risk of diluting the sheer fun of reading it. As his dedicated readers worldwide know full well, it's best to climb aboard the Tom Robbins tilt-a-whirl, kiss preconceptions and sacred cows goodbye and simply enjoy the ride.

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