It has been two days since I finished this book and I am still unable to describe it. Part Japanese folktale, part Zen philosophy, and part political, social, and religious satire. this book is just staying with me. Perhaps, I, too, am incognito.
It is both humorous and serious. Robbins uses masterful metaphors and verbous statements that have left me thinking. I would like to hear from anyone who has read this book, to talk about some of the many quotes I have put into my Reading Journal.
I leave you with the words of a Zen Buddist abbot. Words that ultimately shape the lives of the characters and left me wondering, "It is what it is, you are what you it, and there are no mistakes."
People who have studied philisophy more than I would probably 'get' the deeper messages of this this more than I did. Plot alone was enough to keep me interested though. Imagine a much cheerier Heart of Darkness.
It seems to me that Tom Robbins books are hit or miss. This book is one of the more polarizing titles. However, I think its gotten a bad rap. Considerably shroter than most of his books, I think its enjoyable as a quick read. I guess some people want and expect something longer from Robbins.
I was a little set-off by the beastiality scenes early in the story. But you really have to check a lot of things at the door when reading a Robbins novel, because he always has weird things abound.
Imagine MIA's who chose to remain missing...a family of 4 generations of strong alluring women sharing a mysterious connection to an outlandish figure from Japanese folklore....But no matter how hard you imagine, you'll never imagine what you'll find inside the Villa Incognito....a novel only Tom Robbins could create.