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Jitterbug Perfume

Jitterbug Perfume [Kindle Edition]

Tom Robbins
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (139 customer reviews)

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"Jitterbug Perfume has a large and  exotic cast of characters, all of whom are interested  in immortality and/or perfume... Go see for  yourself; you'll have a good time."—Washington Post

“Robbins again celebrates the joy of individual expression and self-reliance. He lays before us the time honored warts and hairs of the world’s philosophies—problems with religion, war, politics, family, marriage and sex—and leaves no twist or turn unstoned. —Saturday Review

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Jitterbug Perfume
is an epic.

Which is to say, it begins in the forests of ancient Bohemia and doesn’t conclude until nine o’clock tonight (Paris time).

It is a saga, as well. A saga must have a hero, and the hero of this one is a janitor with a missing bottle.

The bottle is blue, very, very old, and embossed with the image of a goat-horned god.

If the liquid in the bottle actually is the secret essence of the universe, as some folks seem to think, it had better be discovered soon because it is leaking and there is only a drop or two left.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 639 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0553348981
  • Publisher: Bantam; Reissue edition (June 17 2003)
  • Sold by: Random House Canada, Incorp.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (139 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #36,408 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this book! Feb. 11 2004
I'm sorry if I don't wax all eloquent and stuff about all the stuff I love in this book, so I guess nobody will find my review helpful. that's okay. you won't hurt my feelings. I still love this book. It's all about his words and the order he puts them in. it makes me wish I could speak as beautifully as he does. but I'm just a birdygirl.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars required reading for anyone and everyone! July 10 2003
Tom Robbins is a writer without an equal in this world today. He
has helped me deal with "reality" and keep my "sanity". He has
more insightful sightings, and ingenious prophecies than any
of the other writers I've read. You must read ALL his books,like I have, countless times, in order to get all his messages! There is no other other writers, besides Gilda Radner, that can make you cry at the begining of a paragraph,
then laugh off your seat at the end. He is also an expert on health, especially with the hot baths and cold rinse, it is a
medical standard, I'm an EMT and working on a paramedic, then doctor's degree. I feel sorry for anyone that hasn't shared his
joyous scribes, and I suggest you run to your nearest library
to enrich your imagination!! As I said before, he's an expert
in this book, with his message of heating and cooling your blood. It's cured me, along with the belly laughs that no other
other writer can give me, and believe me, I've read ALL of them. Three cheers and many, many, thanks to this very insightful man for sharing his ideas with the rest of the world.
Thanks again, a Godzillion times, for sharing your thoughts with
the rest of us in our hopeless, pitiful world. Kathleen Krol
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A mud-covered priceless jewel Nov. 3 2011
The completely linear thinker; the person who demands a beginning middle and end, complete with protagonist, threatening antagonist and the girl and riches our hero gets at the end will either be mildly annoyed or intensely frustrated at the plot. There is a storyline, to be sure, but it isn't as important as what Robbins is actually saying.

It took me one read-through to satisfy my curiosity. I thought "where is this going? And what does perfume and beets have to do with any of it?". Even that first exploration of the novel opened my third eye - the one I didn't know was even there.

Once the basic plot was understood, a second read-through was undertaken. Then a third, and a fourth. Slowly, the perfume in its pages seeped into my consciousness, and the resulting joyous epiphany became evident. This was more than a book about an ancient king named Alobar. It transcended Pan. It detested the "logic" inherent in the western lexicon. It objected strenuously at the fallacies we accept as true, the assumptions we mistakenly adopt in our walk through life.

The book enlightens as gleefully as it promotes an unapologetic lust - or blush, depending upon the reader's sensitivity. In short it embraces life on a scale that no other book I've read has been able to approach, before or since.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is one of my favorite books Nov. 27 2013
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Excellent writing. Interesting and unusual story. You'll have no idea where its going but enjoy getting there. Its a nice change from some of the tragically predicable books that are on the market these days.
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2.0 out of 5 stars I guess I just wasn't ready for it. Jan. 2 2012
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I read and loved so many of Tom Robbins' books but Jitterbug Perfume didn't grab me like the others. Perhaps I was preoccupied by youthful hormones or busy studying at university -- I mean, perhaps the 'timing' of things in my life was just wrong when I started reading Jitterbug Perfume. The result is that I read the first few chapters and then stopped. I have never returned. Perhaps someday?
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5.0 out of 5 stars It smells great! Aug. 10 2005
By Sandra
I read this book over 10 years ago. It was the first Robbins book I had ever read, and indeed it is like nothing else I've ever experienced. I quickly went on to read every Robbins novel I could find. I'm only sad that he wasn't even MORE prolific. I would highly recommend this, or any other Robbins novel to anyone interested in a reading experience like nothing else they've ever encountered. Jitterbug Perfume is still my favorite and it's images are still in my mind - they are images that I will forever consider to be not only surreal, but sacred.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Jittery goodness wrapped in genius March 26 2005
Robbins gift for metaphor is undeniable, his talent for onomatopeia unmatched, and his ability to discover wonder in the mundane is an extraordinary gift. Yet, as someone who has read all the other Robbins novels (this was the last), I must confess that I come away a trifle disappointed from this one ... beyond his cultivated eccentricity of prose, which is charming no doubt, there is little which makes me change the lenses with which I view the world. Perhaps I am holding him up to his own (too) high standards...but I would still recommend this book for anybody who can get drunk on words.
Also recommended: THE CHILDREN'S CORNER by McCrae-not a children's book but rather a rare and heartfelt look at love, loss, humor, and pain.
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5.0 out of 5 stars orgasmic! Aug. 22 2004
one of the best books of the century. anyone able to read should read jitterbug perfume before they die. t'is a piece of heaven, an orgasmic thrill cloaked with words!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Scent from heaven
The canvas that Robbins chooses to work with is sprawling and vast, reminding me of some of T.C. Boyle's novels or perhaps those of Jackson McCrae (Bark of the Dogwood). Read more
Published on July 23 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
If you have a keen sense of smell, you'll really appreciate this tale as it follows the trail of a bottle of jasmine-scented perfume down through the ages... Read more
Published on July 1 2004 by Zeeshan Hasan
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Weekend Read
I thought that this book was a wonderful 'weekend at the lake; kind of book. Tom Robbin's writing is funny and filled with nuances that are rare in these these type of books. Read more
Published on June 22 2004 by "viric_celestius"
5.0 out of 5 stars "as she tapped her tootsie roll toes"
At times, this book made me howl with laughter. The above quote is just one specific example. Extracted from the story, it's typical of Robbins' mind-blowing descriptive... Read more
Published on June 7 2004 by katcall35
1.0 out of 5 stars Rubbish
One star because I finished the book. Perhaps I am lucky to have read good fiction? This book is rubbish. The language use and style are terrible. Read more
Published on May 26 2004 by Cordell G. Weir
5.0 out of 5 stars Mythical, biblical, spiritual and downright [attractive]
I read this novel the first time in my late teens and discovered a compelling and complex story intricately crafted in many layers, heaped, one upon the other. Read more
Published on May 7 2004 by Jenni M
4.0 out of 5 stars Perfume of human life.
A master in recreating the language, Tom Robbins, wrote a very beautiful novel that smells like a cultural fusion. Read more
Published on May 4 2004 by K. Ragkousi
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