Love and Other Pranks by Tony VigoritoMay be the single wildest novel Ive ever read. It rings the cosmic gong on so many levels, turns so many stereotypes inside out, one scarcely knows what to do but hold on and enjoy the ride. And enjoy it I did. —TOM ROBBINS
Acclaimed for his surreal, satirical vision and his “consistently dazzling” (Kirkus Reviews) writing style, cult favorite Tony Vigorito stretches the boundaries of storytelling beyond all limits with his long-awaited third novel. A quest to find the treasure of all treasures launches this swashbuckling tale of romance and high adventure across three centuries and takes you on a hilarious and visionary journey that includes lovers, pirates, bank robbers, treasure maps, yoga cults, love potions, assassins, con artists, quicksand, smugglers, and rock-paper-scissors. Welcome to the “incomparable imagination” (Minneapolis Books Examiner) of a Tony Vigorito novel. And beware the meadow of marvels...
A masterful story... —Seattle Book Review
Opening with a satire of the Adam and Eve story, this book moves seamlessly back and forth between eighteenth century Caribbean pirates with a treasure map and twenty-first century San Franciscans contending with a false New Age prophet. The author controls these seemingly disparate scenarios with humor and panache, creating such memorable characters as a guardian parrot, a bumbling true believer, and a herd of cowbell-wearing bison somehow relocated to a tropical island. This is a deeply original and satisfying book. —BookLife
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Come aboard, set sail, and lose yourself upon this non-stop, wild ride! Being equal parts intellectual, humorous, and utterly perplexing, Love and Other Pranks has become one of the best novels I have ever been fortunate enough to read. Tony Vigorito masterfully weaves together an infinitely looped tale of love, pirates, and wittiness that both delights and mesmerizes from the very first page. Where does one story begin and the other end? The engaging banter, the historic and philosophical quotes and references, the constant shifting of perspective all form a Gordian knot that is somehow all interconnected. I lost many hours to this story, and the layers just wash over and infuse within your very being. This book will have you, at times, crying, laughing, thinking, and shouting in rage.
Thank you! Vigorito Just a Couple of Days , , etc. It is Halloween, and both are dressed as pirates. And while it initially seems merely a cheeky pickup line, it may very well hold some truth. Flashing back to the 18th century, the reader is introduced to two real pirates. While the protagonists and their goals are essentially clear, the novel is at its best when exploring supporting characters.
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When their paths cross at a Castro street party on Halloween night, the two become instantly smitten with one another. Love and Other Pranks is, if anything, original. The story shifts back and forth seamlessly in the two different time eras that it is set in. Though not quite on the same level, Vigorito writing style bears many similarities to the late Terry Pratchett — mostly when it comes to the humorous flourish in his work. This author excels in the absurd and the hilarious, which shines brightly in his dialogue, scene set-ups, and characters though mostly in his minor characters, such as Chris Bliss.
Here, performance philosopher and all-around renaissance artist Michael Garfield interviews Tony about his latest book. Tony Vigorito: The pursuit of love—not just in the romantic sense, but also in the universal sense—is an act of rebellion of the highest order. In the same way that the archetypal pirate is both refugee from and revolutionary to their culture, love is a refuge from the sense of isolation and separateness that so agonizes the human experience while also pointing the way toward a revolutionary expansion of human consciousness. In his psychoanalytic classic, The Art of Loving , Erich Fromm describes love as the solution to the problem of human existence. And indeed, in its highest form, love is a treasure so tremendous that it has inspired seekers throughout human history. Some of them even found it, and echoes of the golden light they discovered inside their very own hearts find their way back to us in the form of artistic expressions of every variety. Where can I score some LP-9?