Villa Incognito

Villa Incognito

Book - 2003
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Imagine there are American MIAs who chose to remain missing after the Vietnam War. Imagine a family in which four generations of strong, alluring women share a mysterious connection to an outlandish figure from Japanese folklore. Imagine them part of a novel that only Tom Robbins could create--a magically crafted work as timeless as myth yet as topical as the latest international threat. But no matter how hard you try, you'll never imagine what you'll find inside the Villa Incognito: a tilt-a-whirl of identity, masquerade, and disguise that dares to pull off "the false mustache of the world" and reveal the even greater mystery underneath. For neither the mists of Laos nor the Bangkok smog, 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 pure linguistic phosphor that illuminates every page of one of America's most consistently surprising and inventive writers.
Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, c2003.
ISBN: 9780553382198
0553382195
9780553803327
0553803328
Branch Call Number: FIC/ROBBINS
Characteristics: 241 p. ; 22 cm.

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bjessima
Mar 31, 2015

Disappointing. Seemed to me he was running out of ideas, or had a contract to fullfill.
All his other books are so filled with ideas and concepts; this one was not.

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lukasevansherman
Sep 03, 2014

"Your country seems to have everything and yet almost nothing. It's unbelievable. In that vast, beautiful, powerful land of unprecedented abundance live some of the most unhappy people on earth."
Northwest based Tom Robbins is the clown prince of fiction. A descendant of the Beats, he's much funnier and less annoying than they are and though he has some of Vonnegut's antic, subversive spirit, he's not as preachy. He is a genre unto himself. Here are some ingredients in the spicy gumbo that is his 8th novel: Southeast Asia, a man with an extra large scrotum, a beast from Japanese folklore, 9/11, American MIAs, drug running, colorful analogies (breasts compared to "the headlamps of an approaching kiddie car") the circus, and, of course, sex, about which Robbins has maybe the most whimsically healthy attitude of any living author. A great book for the Robbins fan or novice.

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dinosaurr
Nov 23, 2010

My first experience with Tom Robbins, and a very positive one. This book was playful, philisophical, funny, witty, and very imaginative. Being unfamiliar with his writing style, I was suprised to see all the plot elements melt together so smoothly.

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