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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 world"--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."
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.

"From the Hardcover edition.

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Tom Robbins has been called "a vital natural resource" by The Oregonian, "one of the wildest and most entertaining novelists in the world" by the Financial Times of London, and "the most dangerous writer in the world today" by Fernanda Pivano of Italy's Corriere della Sera. A Southerner by birth, Robbins has lived in and around Seattle since 1962.


Robbins, of course, is not for everyone. His alienated, hedonistic, iconoclastic rhapsodizing and digressions strike many as smug and long-winded. His plots are usually just cheerful nonsense; his prose, though, is supple and lively. The author is especially a comic master of simile, metaphor, and imagery, never settling for a clich?. His latest confection intermingles characters from Japanese folklore with voluntarily MIA American soldiers and circus performers. Throw in a little interspecies sex, some drug running, a woman with a clown fetish, and any number of rants on society, religion, and the military, and what you get is mostly a skeleton for Robbins to hang his wordplay on. Reader Barrett Whitener catches the spirit of the fun, though his various East Asian accents all sound suspiciously like stereotypes. Still, this is an excellent choice for most libraries.-John Hiett, Iowa City P.L. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

" to words what Uri Geller is to spoons: He bends sentences into playful escapades....Bottom line: Another bedside attraction."--People "Brilliantly offbeat satire."--Atlanta Journal-Constitution "A delectable farce, full of tantalizing secrets and bizarre disguises."--Publishers Weekly, starred review "Ebullient, irreverent, hilarious...Villa Incognito is ribald fairy tale meets...Apocalypse Now." --St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Robbins remains a welcome breath of fresh air in American literature."--Globe and Mail "Perhaps [the] greatest book from Robbins...phantasmagorical, richly layered, utterly hilarious, and unexpectedly poignant." --Pages

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