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Jitterbug Perfume by [Robbins, Tom]
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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.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1169 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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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 143 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #34,010 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Paperback
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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By A Customer on Feb. 11 2004
Format: Paperback
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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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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This is my first Robbins' reading, recommended by a good friend with great taste in books. This book has just about everything I could ever ask for in a read: amazing, memorable characters that are so strange and unique that they feel all too real; dialouge lovingly rendered for each character; a wild ride across the globe, through history, customs, food, clothing, mating rituals, social class, and mythology; an amazingly intricate and creative plot that eventually ties up in the end; and finally, a grand theme that serves as the foundation to this whole wonderful, wild, imaginative, freeing ride.
One gets the feeling that Robbins had a grand time writing this book. I was laughing out loud on one page, underlining passages of exquisite wisdom the next. Everything flows so naturally; the feel of this book is LIGHT, airy, featherweight. Yet like a drone or mantra, its rhythm and texture winds its way into you until you have been relaxed by Robbins' prose into another mindscape: HIS, or perhaps, yours, expanded.
Robbins is a master of metaphors. And comedy. And when he combines the two, you WILL be re-reading passages wondering "how did he do that?" Robbins is truly a master and has a strong, unique, comedic, wise, wild, creative voice. Highly recommended. I guess I will soon be reading "Jitterbug Perfume" for a second, third, fourth, etc. time.
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and this book is not an exception for me. Living in Seattle I had always heard of Tom Robbins, but I never read him. That all changed one fateful day in 1989 while I was meandering the fiction stacks at the downtown public library. "Jitterbug Perfume" was the only Robbins book on the shelf. I look back on that week of reading my first Robbbins novel with fondness.
It starts in the present day, then flashes back to medieval Europe and King Alobar. Alobar discovers the secret to everlasting life, and we follow him and his wife Kudra on their many adventures. They meet Pan in Arcadia and take him with them to Paris where the flashback ends and we are in the 20th century looking for the recipe of Kudra's perfume. Trust me, the plot is entertaining, and reading Robbins' prose is a pleasure.
I have read all of them and my number two choice of his is "Skinny Legs and All". I loved Can O Beans and Spoon. I like it when Robbins leaves reality and delves into the realm of fantasy.
These two books have the most elements of fantasy, but they never leave reality completely. What an imagination he has! And they way he turns a phrase and spins a metaphor leaves lovers of language well sated.
My third favorite book of his is "Even Cowgirls Get the Blues". The Chink is a wonderful character and I really enjoyed his philosphy of life. I won't tell you what it is because you should read it for yourself. It is the most hedonistic of his novels.
All of his books are wonderful; but this is the first one I read and it will alway be near and dear to my heart.
So choose wisely: you will always be partial to the first Robbins novel that you read. Actually, you can't make a wrong choice because they are all entertaining and imaginative with phrases spun like no other author I have ever read. Enjoy!
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