Jitterbug Perfume: A Novel by Tom Robbins

Jitterbug Perfume: A Novel

byTom Robbins

Kobo ebook | June 17, 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 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.

Tom Robbins is a writer, novelist, editor, and journalist. He was born in Blowing Rock, North Carolina on July 22, 1936. Robbins studied journalism at Washington and Lee for two years and later graduated from the Richmond Professional Institute in 1961. He attended the Graduate School of Far Eastern Studies at the University of Washing...
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Title:Jitterbug Perfume: A NovelFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:June 17, 2003Publisher:Random House Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0553897926

ISBN - 13:9780553897920

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Jitterbug Perfume Possibly my favourite Tom Robbins.
Date published: 2017-01-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my favourites You need to read this book. I know of no other author who captures this zany world so well. Tom's writing in Jutterbug Perfume (and all his other stories) is sexy, humourous, and touches on religion, politics, history, and philosophy without feeling like a textbook. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Yes! This had been on my to-read list for a while. It’s a crazy and enjoyable ride through the centuries, tying together an interesting cast of characters who all want to create the ideal perfume. To me, this is like a fairy tale for adults. I was continually impressed with Robbins’ unique and lush descriptions.
Date published: 2014-11-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Yes! This is Tom Robbins at his best. It's a journey through lands, centuries, mythical places all told with the wit which Tom Robbins is known for. Meet Pan the god and other amazing characters. I keep this book to re-read whenever I start to take life to seriously.
Date published: 2014-06-20
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