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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam (April 29 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553803328
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553803327
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 14.2 x 2.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 386 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,354,157 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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By Ty Krupp on March 27 2005
Format: Paperback
Tom Robbins has managed to weave a tale that is both entertaining and engaging through his use of characters such as Viet Nam MIA's, armed forces officers, and well researched Japanese folk lore. I am of the opinion that this is one of his best creations and have to wonder what the man must do to get five stars from his readers! If you enjoy the writings of Tom Robbins as much as I do, then, by all means read this book. It is as great as Tom Robbins gets. Bravo T.R.
Also recommended: Children's Corner by McCrae or Even Cowgirls Get the Blues
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By A Customer on July 23 2004
Format: Paperback
A Tom Robbins novel is like sex or pizza: even when it's bad it's still pretty good. Not that "Villa" is bad, but I didn't feel it was up to his "Jitterbug Perfume/Even Cowgirls/Another Roadside Attraction" level of writing. With limbs flying, plots twisting, and characters cavorting all over the page, this one is still good for laughs. If you're a fan of laughter, dark comedy, great plots that are at once believeable and yet fantastic, this is the book for you. Also try "Bark of the Dogwood" and Vonngeut's "Welcome to the Monkey House." Hoot.
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By "ncosgray" on July 11 2004
Format: Hardcover
Well, I'd just read "Fierce Invalids Home from Hot Climates" after many years spent with no Tom Robbins books at all. I suppose I had basicallly forgotten about the man, although when I consider it now "Still Life" and "Skinny Legs & All" were mightily enjoyable reads. Anyway, I moved to Seattle and that, for obvious reasons, fueled a reinterest/rediscovery of Robbins. "Fierce Invalids" is certainly one of the best books I've read this year. On the other hand, soon after (perhaps too soon after) "Invalids", my curiousity piqued, I purchased "Villa Incognito". Yesterday, I finished the book. Today, I feel compelled to review it. I did like reading of the tanukis, and the first half or so of the novel was quite engaging. There were two main problems, I felt. A tiny smattering of the characters held some level of interest for me (namely, Madame Ko), but, all in all, I found the book to lack character development or even character definition. The other problem was the ending, which happened about 300 pages immature. I have a theory about this. It seems that Robbins was in the process of writing "Villa Incognito" when the 9/11 attacks happened. I think this affected his writing, because on September 11th (in the book) everything basically falls apart. We lose the plot, and the characters get lost too. Some die, some run away, but very little is actually brought to a point of closure. So I believe that on 9/11 he simply gave up on this book. That he just needed to wrap it up and go on to something else, a post-9/11 novel, at "Villa Incognito"'s (and the reader's) expense. Unfortunate timing, as well, because I do think the novel had great potential. And so I say: Rather Disappointing.
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Modern readers are not used to intrusive narrators, a device that hearkens back to the earliest forms of the novel--Tom Jones, Tristram Shandy, for example. I think that's one hurdle for many readers of Villa Incognito. Another hurdle, for me, was the slow start--the Tanuki/tanuki prologue was way too much foregrounding. Satire can't afford to take that much time to develop. Once Robbins moves into the MIA/Madame Ko story, the book begins to move. Another weakness, I think, is that the characters are not as complete as in other Robbins works. I think this is because almost everyone of them is just another voice for the already intrusive narrator. I would have preferred more plot in which his characters could have devloped on their own, and less intrusive narrator. Particularly because there really doesn't seem to be the need for him, it's not as if Robbins uses his omniscience for time-shifting--the novel is pretty linear. Notwithstanding these considerable flaws, Robbins is still a master of the humorous simile and the absurd situation. He uses coincidence with the aplomb of Charles Dickens and is still capable of sharp questions and observations that puncture convention and conformity.
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Comparing this book to his other work, I'd place it near the bottom. It's not as uninspired as Half Asleep in Frog Pajamas, but not as vibrant as the rest of them.
Compared to the works of other authors, it's pretty darn good.
I wouldn't tell Robbins' fans not to read it. Though, if you're new to his work, I'd suggest reading his books in order, as Villa Incognito might not leave you hungry for his other, superior work.
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I agree with other reviewers who have suggested this not be the first Robbins book you read--start with Skinny Legs and All (my personal favorite), Jitterbug Perfume, or Still Life with Woodpecker. This is a short and light book which I found to be entertaining airplane reading; it occupied me for about half of a Boston-to-Phoenix flight. I agree with others who found Stubblefield's character and the ending to be somewhat of a let-down. I enjoyed the tanuki parts the most--and have enjoyed myself perusing other information about tanukis on the web as a result.
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In typcial Robbins style, he gives voice to the animal and inanimate with humor and vivid descriptions. He grabs hold of the human condition and lets us know that it's a dangerous situation, but that's ok: danger is the perfume of change, and change is the future's vocation. Robbins' ability to juggle many characters and plots and intertwine them has always impressed me and I was not disappointed here. Although I have always marveled at his ability to write strong female protagonists; I was pleased to see him continue writing strong male characters as he did in "Fierce Invalids Home From Warm Climates". I have read all of Robbins' books and each one is as much fun as the last!!!!
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