Sophie Pattison, August 5, 2012 (view all comments by Sophie Pattison)
Whenever somebody asks me what my favorite book is I tell them Jitterbug Perfume. In actuality I probably don't have a favorite book, but I generally assume that when someone asks about your favorite book they are looking for something new and exciting to read, and Tom Robbins fulfills that requirement. Particularly in these hot summer days, Robbins hallucination inspired imagination is easily welcomed by my sweaty, confused brain. Robbins is not the most linear of writers, so if you're looking for a story with a beginning, middle and end this book is probably not for you. However, if you're looking for something with brilliant, hilarious writing that will take your mind on an adventure out of this hot, sweaty world and into another, this is the book for you.
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2chickadees, September 16, 2010 (view all comments by 2chickadees)
Long ago a copy of this book was passed around among friends, friends of friends, relatives, etc. By the time it got to me it was already in bad shape. When I saw it again, months later, it had coffee stains, pages falling out, underlining, and a torn cover -- all signs of a good journey for a book. Our inside jokes based on Jitterbug Perfume lasted for years...
One thing is for sure: if you read it, you will never think of beets the same way again.
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loving kinder, December 6, 2008 (view all comments by loving kinder)
An historical, anthropological, AND wildly entertaining journey through our time on this Earth-and its enveloping yet freeing embrace. Robbins intelligently incorporates the ponderings of our human existence and all our curiosities in a fantastic story!
Each page desires to be read as slowly and mindfully like each one were a different piece of just-ripe, aromatic, juicy, dripping fruit. Pure Ambrosia of a Book!
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by Washington Post,
"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."
by Saturday Review,
"Robbins again celebrates the joy of individual expression and self-reliance. He lays before us the time honored warts and hairs of the worlds philosophies — problems with religion, war, politics, family, marriage and sex — and leaves no twist or turn unstoned."
is an epic.
Which is to say, it begins in the forests of ancient Bohemia and doesnt conclude until nine oclock 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.
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