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Jitterbug Perfume

by Tom Robbins

Random House Publishing Group | April 1, 1990 | Trade Paperback

Jitterbug Perfume is rated 4.5455 out of 5 by 11.
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.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 352 pages, 8.21 × 5.17 × 0.75 in

Published: April 1, 1990

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0553348981

ISBN - 13: 9780553348989

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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Rated 2 out of 5 by from First Tom Robbins book that I've read It was my first Tom Robbins book that I read and while I do agree that he is very talented, this was definitely not my cup of tea.  It was a long and heavy read. I liked how there were simultaneous storylines that intersected but it was a little painful to read in my opinion. I was happy with the ending and it made it worthwhile, but to be honest the only reason I kept reading this book was because I had already invested so much time into reading it already.   Also, call me old fashioned, but I was not really in to all of the wild, tribal, explicit adventures of the characters...
Date published: 2013-11-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A real work of art I adore Tom Robbins. I think his writing is genius, and it is clear to me that "Jitterbug Perfume" is one of the best books ever written during our century. Robbins has a way of rolling words on a page that recalls Shakespeare's talent, in that he exposes the nakedness of a person's deepest self without flinching, and at the same time, stirs our deepest, hidden emotions. This book is a powerful blend of power, religion, mirth, and spirit.
Date published: 2008-10-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Funny, smart and sexy I end up re-reading this book about twice a year because it is such a wonderfully intertwined, wacky and uplifting story. Waitresses ARE geniuses and scent is the secret to longevity...right??
Date published: 2006-05-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from from beasts to beauty robbins is always challenging us to explore the rich world of his mind and connect it to our reality. anyone with a passion for gardening and who finds scent erotic should read this book, if only to justify their joys in life.
Date published: 2004-03-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Voyeristic The novel I thought explored religion, history, and philosophy, well. It was entertainig as well as uplifting. It is a great bedside novel to read, especially on vacation.
Date published: 2001-03-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another Robbins Marvel. This musk read is again, top quality story telling from a man with a masters in discriptive manipulation. The characters dynamic nature make it a real racing romp in aromatic bugary!
Date published: 2001-02-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My favorite book! This was my first Tom Robbins book and it hooked me into reading them all. Tom Robbins has a way of bastardizing a myth or religion and mixing it up with the latest flakey new age craze to create a whole new insane belief that's so connected, it may just be true. Do you want to live forever?
Date published: 2000-12-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not one of Tom Robbins' best I have read five of Tom Robbins books before I got to this one. Every other one of his books were excellent from start to finish. This one, though, while starting strong with the Seattle clips, started losing my interest as it quickly and consistently jumped from four locales / time periods (though it eventually tied them all together, but not before it took its toll on me mentally). The whole New Orleans piece of the story could have been dropped without being noticed, as it was often short and uneventful. The Alobar account was most lenghty and fairly interesting, though the Pan portions became quite boring with unnecessary banter. The lack of locale consistency really hurt the flow of the plot, and did not lend to cohesion of the story. However, the immortality idea was explored well during Alobar's part of the story, and Kudra was a fine supporting character.
Date published: 2000-11-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I plan on living forever My brother left this book for me after leaving for his last trip. It's a truly excellent tale of man's search to be an individual, and transcend life itself. The writing is excellent.. a page turner, if I ever saw one - I want to read it again, just so I can jot down some of the memorable lines to use as something extra to get the day started.
Date published: 2000-09-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Jitterbug Perfume I found this book to be excellent. The immortalist theme kept me very interested and it was also a very good love story. The techniques described for gaining immortality are very close to reality. Tom Robbins has a very good sense of humour which provided me with several good giggles.
Date published: 1999-09-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Jitterbug Perfume Travelling through time, from medieval Europe to present-day New Orleans, we follow the lives of Alobar and Kudran as they search for the elixir of life - the only true way to live forever. This is a story that has two plot lines: the degeneration of Pan, the half-man, half-goat lute player caused by a decreasing of his followers, as well as the search for the secret ingredient in K23, a mysterious scent in a bottle that was found on the shores of the Gulf of Mexico. A wacky novel that takes you on an adventure through time and religion - and on the search for the perfect taco.
Date published: 1999-05-06

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Jitterbug Perfume

by Tom Robbins

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 352 pages, 8.21 × 5.17 × 0.75 in

Published: April 1, 1990

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0553348981

ISBN - 13: 9780553348989

Read from the Book

The citadel was dark, and the heroes were sleeping. When they breathed, it sounded as if they were testing the air for dragon smoke. On their sofas of spice and feathers, the concubines also slept fretfully. In those days, the earth was till flat, and people dreamed often of falling over edges. Blacksmiths hammered the Edge Serpent on the anvils of their closed eyelids. Wheelwrights rolled it, tail in mouth, down the cart roads of their slumber. Cooks roasted it in dream pits, seamstresses sewed it to the badge hides that covered them, the court necromancer traced its contours in the constellation of straw on which he tossed. Only the babes in the nursery lay peacefully, passive even to the fleas that supped on their tenderness. King Alobar did not sleep well at all. He was as awake as the guards at the gate. More awake, actually, for the guards mused dreamily about mead, boiled beets, and captive women as their eyes patrolled the forested horizon, while the king was as conscious as an unsheathed knife; coldly conscious and warmly troubled. Beside him, inside the ermine blankets, his great hound, Mik, and his wife, Alma, snoozed the night away, oblivious to their lord''s distress. Well, let them snore, for neither the dog''s tongue, not the wife''s could lap the furrows from his brow, although he had sent for Alma that evening mainly because of her tongue. Alma''s mouth, freshly outlined with beet paint, was capable of locking him in a carnal embrace that while it endured for
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From the Publisher

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 Jacket

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.

About the Author

Tom Robbins has been called “a vital natural resource” by The Oregonian, “one of the wildest and most entertaining novelists in the world” by the Financial Times of London, and “the most dangerous writer in the world today” by Fernanda Pivano of Italy’s Corriere della Sera. A Southerner by birth, Robbins has lived in and around Seattle since 1962.

From Our Editors

Robbins calls Jitterbug Perfume "an epic". It is also a saga, and a saga must have a hero. 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 great-horned god. Some people actually believe that the liquid in the bottle is--the secret essence of the universe

Editorial Reviews

"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