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Baker & Taylor
Switters, an anarchist pacifist who works for the government and carries a gun, chases after his teenage stepsister, only to become madly enamored of a nun a decade older than him

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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 robust bon vivant who can be as squeamish as any fop, 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, Robbins explores, challenges, mocks, and celebrates virtually every major aspect of our mercurial era.

Baker
& Taylor

Switters, an anarchist pacifist who works for the government and carries a gun, chases after his teenage stepsister, only to become madly enamored of a nun a decade older than him, in this hilarious new novel by the author of Even Cowgirls Get the Blues. 125,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, 2000
ISBN: 9780553107753
0553107755
Branch Call Number: FIC Ro 2000
Characteristics: 415 pages ; 25 cm

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bjessima
Mar 31, 2015

There isn't much from Tom Robbins that I haven't liked but this one is at the top of my list, along with Jitterbug Perfume. Endlessly delightful, there just aren't enough words to describe the playfulness and intelligence of the ideas here. The plot is great too, but that's always secondary.

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Jennmro
Jul 20, 2012

My least favorite of this author's books so far. I had difficulty staying interested in the storyline as it meandered and stalled a lot. Tom Robbins is, however, always entertaining and thought provoking and this book has many funny and interesting points. I've read and reread many of his other novels, but won't be reading this one again.

daymakerdave Feb 15, 2011

Hee hee hee. The main character of the book know the word for vagina in 72 languages.

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Fritzel
Sep 28, 2010

Great book. The story is fascinating meaning you can't put the book down. The main character is both hilarious and thought provoking. He had me laughing every couple pages and at the same time forced me to think hard about a number of issues.

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Twayne
Sep 09, 2010

Either Robbins has become less interesting or may tastes have changes in the last 200 years (or both).

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clmackay
Jun 06, 2010

This book is awesome, it is different and fun and hard to put down.

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