Jitterbug Perfume

Jitterbug Perfume

Book - 2003
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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 is actually is the secret essence of the universe, as some folks seem to think, it had better be discovered soon becaused it is leaking and there is only a drop of two left.
Publisher: Toronto : New York : Bantam Books, 2003, c1984
Description: 342 p. ; 21 cm
ISBN: 9780553348989
Branch Call Number: Robb


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Aug 20, 2018

At times outrageously open in his attitudes toward human sexuality and socio/political circumstance, Tom Robbins is a linguist of the first order, the punster equivalent of Shakespeare, a man stuck on the whimsy and wonder of Joyce’s “Finnegans Wake.” If you like this gem, don’t miss the fascinating cocktail he creates in “Fierce Invalids Home from Hot Climates,” shaking up science, religion, love, and laughter.

viv_i_viv Oct 11, 2017

Wonderful, magical, I read this book decades ago, and it still lingers in the mind. Read Tom Robbins earlier books while you can still get them.

Jun 09, 2017

This is one of the funniest and most profound books I've ever read. It deals with the theme of immortality and, in doing so, examines many of the great themes and issues of human life in an inimitable and quirky way. I dare you not to enjoy this book.

Jul 20, 2015

This book is a perfect book for traveling. Segmented in short snippets, Robbins tags the reader along through 1200 years of history and modern day cities while saturating the pages with rich descriptions and musings. I love Tom Robbins' writings, but I can sympathize with those who don't care for his style of prose within novels. If you are to read any of his novels, this is the place to start. The story moves along at the pace of an adventurous road trip; at times pulling you over to reflect upon the scenery and at others whizzing you along the road until the dotted lines ahead become a solid yellow string beaming you into the near future.

Sep 05, 2013

Along with Fierce Invalids Home From Hot Climates, one of my favorite books of all time, and certainly my favorite Tom Robbins. Even a certain loss of direction in the latter part of the book did not reduce my sense of joy and wonder in reading this book. Fantasy with a lesson and comedy of the most advanced sort.

Jan 24, 2013

If you were not a fan of Tom Robbins you will be after reading this book. Enjoy, I'm sure you will.

Jan 28, 2012

Tom Robbins has mastered the art of words beautifully.

One of my favourites. Beautifully written. Quirky. The story of the universal desire for eternal life, a journey of a thousand years in search of the essence of life as found in the subtle tones and notes of perfumes. A textbook for living - in the moment - in enjoyment.

Feb 09, 2011


daymakerdave Nov 22, 2010

A truly epic tale which starts hundreds of years ago and ends tonight.

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Jul 28, 2015

Silly old fashioned fable sprinkled with modern language. Made it through about 100 pages.....

Jul 29, 2008

The story of Albadar's determination and quest to avoid death.


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