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Jitterbug Perfume

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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 ac
ebook, 330 pages
Published June 17th 2003 by Bantam (first published December 1984)
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Oct 24, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, american-lit
Well, I officially don’t get Tom Robbins. People have recommended him on the basis of comparisons to Douglas Adams, but Adams is, you know, funny. Here’s what seems to pass for humor in a Tom Robbins novel: beets (the very existence of), a woman getting stung in a delicate place by a bee, and lesbians (the very existence of). And here’s the kind of prose you can look forward to:

The sky, layered with thin altostratus clouds and smog, appeared to reflect human suffering and failed to awaken in Cl
Before I knew that magical realism was a thing, I loved Tom Robbins. Before I fell hard for postmodernism, I fell for Tom Robbins. Before I had developed a literary taste that I can be proud of, there was the beacon of hope for me that is Tom Robbins.

There aren’t many things I loved in high school that I still love now: Listening to the same Dashboard Confessional CD on infinite repeat, running to Livejournal to unselfconsciously document every oh-so-significant spike in my emotional temperature
Mar 18, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2009
post-read: Ohhhh, I really missed reading Robbins. What fun!

This book was both more and less wonderful than I'd remembered. More because I'd forgotten just what a superb stylist Robbins is (see mid-read comments). His plots are intricate, his characters are rendered in wonderful detail, down to the distinctive vocal stylings. His ideas, though perhaps a smidge stale twenty-five years on, are still interesting and fun and clever and smart, intellectual, but not in a showy or pedantic way. Plus t
George Georgiadis
Oct 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hamburger
Ξυπνάς ένα κρύο χειμωνιάτικο πρωί, έχοντας δει ένα πολύ καλό όνειρο και μένεις τυλιγμένος στη ζεστασιά και τη θαλπωρή του παπλώματος ή της κουβέρτας, χωρίς να θέλεις να σηκωθείς από το κρεβάτι και χουζουρεύεις για όσο περισσότερο χρόνο γίνεται, εισπνέοντας παράλληλα μυρωδιές από ένα πλουσιοπάροχο πρωινό που ετοιμάζεται στην κουζίνα. Ε λοιπόν, κάπως έτσι θα περιέγραφα την εμπειρία της ανάγνωσης αυτού του βιβλίου. Θεσπέσιο.
May 08, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: pervy teenage boys
Recommended to Kelly by: Ryan, Holly
Shelves: general_fiction
Told to read this by my boyfriend who declared that I NEEDED to read this book to understand him, I am now disgusted and reconsidering my relationship. Ok, I'm kidding, but I take solace in the fact he read this book in high school.

Oddly enough, my best friend also said this is her favorite book.

Either I'm surprised to discover I'm a prude, or Robbins wastes way too much of a promising book on misogynistic fantasies of all women as nymphomaniacs who live and breathe to seduce and pleasure their
Jul 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016

The most glarin’ failure o’ the intelligentsia in modern times has been its inability to take comedy seriously.

The above Wiggs Dannyboy quote sums up the experience of my first Tom Robbins novel. It was a wild, irreverent, intellectually challenging and most of all a ‘fun’ ride, a ‘look up Chomolungma’s skirts’, a perennial search for ‘the perfect taco’, a quest for immortality and the meaning of life that tries to expose the connections between perfume, tantric sex, transcendental meditation,
Aug 01, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tom Robbins is, to me, like the band Rush (I know this seems like I'm trying too hard, but honestly, this is the best analogy I can come up with & this is legitmately the first thing that came to mind): You like them ok, and even get a bit excited when they come up on the radio, but when you're grabbing CDs for your car, your copy of "Moving Pictures" somehow never quite makes the cut. That's how it is with me and Tom Robbins. Well written? Check. Interesting characters? Check. Unique? Doubl ...more
Deniz Balcı
Apr 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
'Parfümün Dansı' gelmiş geçmiş en kült eserlerden bir tanesidir ve bugüne dek bir fırsat bulup okuyamamıştım. Sonunda bu açığı kapatma fırsatı buldum. Değdi mi? Bence, değdi. Okumuş olmaktan pişman olmayacağım, lezzetli bir kitaptı.

Kitabın konusundan bahsetmek boşuna bir çaba olur. Zira uygalık tarihi, mitoloji, dinler, kültürler, gelenekler, modernizm, kapitalizm ve daha başka bir sürü süreç eserdeki öyküye o kadar güzel yerleştirilmiş ki sadece ana öyküyü aktarmak, eseri birkaç kalibre düşürme
Jan 09, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
One thing I can say for sure is Jitterbug Perfume is nothing like anything I have read so far. This is my first Robbins so I don't know what his other novels are like, but we're talking about an exceptionally charismatic writer here.

Robbins takes a bunch of ingredients totally unrelated to one another and makes a story that's as unique as it is brilliant. Beets, horny gods, perfumes, ancient and modern history, eternal life, philosophy and sex. Not the cheesy, romantic kind of sex, but the raw,
May 28, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Two stars, and I’m being nice. And I am a f*cking huge fan of beetroot.

For the last few weeks, I’ve been eating it like it’s the only vegetable on the menu. It’s good for iron in the blood, and I like it pickled, raw and boiled. I could eat it constantly. I love sex as well, I love reading about it. Of course you want to know a lot about.

But this book was hysterical. In the beginning I was so enthusiastic, and Alobar had a face and body of Gerard in ‘300’ movie. Oh la la la, take me, take me,
Neli Krasimirova
May 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: by-don-quixote
4.yıldızı Pınar'dan korktuğumdan verdim. Asli yorumu editle girerken anlatırım derdimi.
Altay Aktar
“Bireyselliğimiz bizim tek varlığımızdır. Onu güvenlik uğruna ya da tüm toplumun çıkarları uğruna değiş tokuş etmeye, elden çıkarmaya razı olanlar bulunabilir. Ama onu koruyan, hayatın buruk yollarında onu hep yanında taşıyan, sevgide, düşüncede ona sadık kalan, sabah yıldızınca kutsanır.”
“İnsan sonsuzluğa kadar yaşayacaksa, kalbiyle yaşamalı”
"İnsan, yanağındaki ilahi renge, içindeki doğal pembeliğe sarılmalı; yoksa kahverengiye dönüşür."
Keşke hiç bitmeseydi.
Nov 29, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: beetles
Recommended to Mariel by: beetniks
If that cliche (is it a cliche? It's said a thousand times) were true about pictures being worth a thousand words...

This is a beet book. Robbins didn't BEAT us over the head with the beets. I was all over the beets like beets in borscht. (Hey, so were other goodreaders. Nice!)

What are words worth? William Wordsworth probably knows. I'm with Slugsworth. We try to steal Willy Wonka's chocolate recipes and the words from others. I'm gonna eavesdrop.

However, the horny goats were less experimental t
Jul 02, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have vacillated between a four and five star rating on this. I LOVE the words. Each page was a delicious treat that kept me on the edge of my seat...what metaphor or simile or pun would Robbins pull out of the treasure chest that is his brain? I fell in LOVE with the language. I know it sounds weird, but the way he wrote about the beet and all vegetables on the very first page sold me. I knew this book would be amazing.

The only thing that keeps me from giving it 100% are the main story lines.
Sep 10, 2007 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: enemies.
Recommended to Jennifer by: a million different people
i've found that with tom robbins' novels, you either love it or hate it. i hated this one. disappointing since so many people have told me that i "HAD" to read it, assured that i would just love it. for the record, i liked 'still life with woodpecker' and 'skinny legs and all.' i didn't care for 'even cowgirls get the blues' and thought this one was so full of shit that the topic of perfume was so sorely needed to cover the overwhelming stench. maybe i just wasn't in the right mindset. maybe i'm ...more

Following the resounding success of my Locus Quest, I faced a dilemma: which reading list to follow it up with? Variety is the spice of life, so I’ve decided to diversify and pursue six different lists simultaneously. This book falls into my GIFTS AND GUILTY list.

Regardless of how many books are already queued patiently on my reading list, unexpected gifts and guilt-trips will always see unplanned additions muscling their way in at the front.

Let's jump straight in with a quote from somebody els
Çağdaş T
Apr 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library
7 / 10
İlk 200 sayfadaki akıcılığı sonrasında bulamadım. Belki de bana, gereğinden fazla uzadığını düşündüğüm için sonradan sıkıcı geldi. Ölüme, zamana ve hayata dair güzel betimlemeler içeriyor. Genel olarak benim tarzım olmadığı için çok beğenmedim.Ama "pancar" kelimesini her duyduğumda aklıma bu kitabın geleceği kesin..

"...Burada öğrettiklerine göre varoluşun çoğu ıstırap çekmek. Istırap da arzulardan geliyor. Demek ki eğer arzuları ortadan kaldırabilirsek, o zaman ıstırabı da kalfırmış oluruz
Jul 30, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Here’s a question for those who have read Tom Robbins: How would you describe him to the uninitiated? Certainly you’d have to say he’s quirky, in a wordplayful sort of way. His eccentric use of metaphors is like a Catskills comedian’s use of one-liners – it’s a big part of the act. There’s usually some substance to his writing, too. The social commentary is often straight from the flower power perspective, but he’s more insightful than most when it comes to articulating a view. He was an art maj ...more
Apr 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
32 ay sonra tekrar okumak nasip oldu. Meğer satır aralarında ne çok kara mizah kaçırmışım. Tom Robins' kelimelerle zihninizi adeta lunapark'a çeviriyor. Bahsedecek o kadar çok şey var ama bir o kadar da okuyan arkadaşım olduğu için belki sonra yorumumu güncelleyip içerik hakkında derinlemesine bilgi paylaşımında bulunabilirim..
Jul 16, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hm. What to say about this guy . . . this is totally a guy you either love or hate, and yet I find myself strangely ambivalent. There are some things i really appreciated about the book and his style, and there are some things I really didn't care for. Whatever one says about this writer, the first is that he is a complete iconoclast of Rabelasian proportion. He ignores pretty much every rule that fiction writers generally, in good taste, abide by. And to an extent that's quite refreshing. He's ...more
Özlem Güzelharcan
Seneler, seneler önce okuyup aşık olduğum ve hala ne zaman bir "pancar" görsem aklıma gelen kitap. Yeniden okumalı.
Feb 23, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Talk about not understanding what all the fuss is about. If I'm not mistaken, Tom Robbins is kind of a literary legend in some circles, and at the very least has sold millions of books. And while there's certainly an intelligent, probing mind behind this sexual-philosophical hodgepodge of a book, the sum of the parts of my first foray into Robbins' world was not much fun to read.

I recently read an interview with Tom Robbins in which the author admits to being able to write about two pages a day.
Megan Baxter
Apr 20, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The perils of reading books that have some similarities too close together. (Or, at least partly, at the same time.) One of them suffers by comparison. So while Ghostwritten was a strong 4, almost 5 stars, Jitterbug Perfume squeaks into a 4, just barely.

Note: The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the changes in Goodreads policy and enforcement. You can read why I came to this decision here.

In the meantime, you can read the entire review at Smorgasbook
Nov 29, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
ilknur a.k.a. iko ◬
Jul 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to ilknur a.k.a. iko ◬ by: İlkim
Shelves: to-review
Ya ama Allah kahretsin ya! O kadar güzel bitip neden bir Kudra - Alobar karşılaşması yok bu kitapta! Neden son bölümde sayfalarca Priscilla gereksizini okurken benim ikilim yok, AMA BÜTÜN KİTABI BU İKİLİ GÖTÜRMÜŞKEN NEDEN ONLARA AİT Bİ SON YOK!!!
Ayrıca Dannyboy'ın kızını da yarım bıraktı bence.
Allah kahretsin epilog istiyorum!
Şey... Muhtemelen hayatımın en anlamsız yorumu oldu ama buraya çok güze
Esma Tezgi
Parfümün Dansı'da Pazartesi bitti ama ben daha yeni yorum yazabiliyorum. Şu sıra okumaya zor zaman buldum. :)

Parfümün Dansı'nı genel olarak beğendim, güçlü bir karakter tablosu var ve hikaye örgüsü de oldukça iyi hazırlanmış, işin içine yazarın hayat-ölüm gibi konular üzerine düşünceleri de girince kitap okuması çok zevkli bir edebiyat şölenine dönüşüyor. İlk yarıda bunu çok güçlü hissetsem de sona doğru o kadar zevk almadığımı da belirteyim ve en sondaki öte dünya ile ilgili bölümü de hiç sevm
Sep 11, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Maria Thomarey
Oct 21, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4,5*γι αυτο το όνειρο , απ' το οποίο δεν δες να ξυπνήσεις .
Jitterbug Perfume was the first Tom Robbins book I ever read, back in the spring of my freshman year of college in 1996 (thanks, Yanek!). I fell in love instantly. If you've never read a Robbins book before, I will warn that they are not for everyone - he likes to push the envelope when it comes to social pre-conceptions, religion, relationships, etc. - but if you tend to like weird, quirky, philosophical stories, you owe to yourself to give at least one of his books a try. This one focuses on t ...more
May 10, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tom Robbins'i tanıma kitabım oldu bu kitap. Nedense hep karşıma çıkmış ama bitürlü okumak istememiş, hep ertelemiştim. Nihayet okuduğum kitap aslında ilgi çekici ve yüksek bir hızla başlamıştı. Kitapta Pan ile de karşılaşınca "tadından yenmez artık" diye düşünüyordum.

Bazı kitaplar vardır ortadan ikiye ayrılır ilk kısım ve son kısım. Bu kısımları terazinin kefelerine koyar ama eşitliği elde edemezsiniz. Ya başı daha iyidir ya da sonu. Bu kitabın da sonu başı kadar iyi gitmedi. Bir de Robbins'in
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Thomas Eugene Robbins (born July 22, 1936 in Blowing Rock, North Carolina) is an American author. His novels are complex, often wild stories with strong social undercurrents, a satirical bent, and obscure details. His novel Even Cowgirls Get the Blues (1976) was made into a movie in 1993 directed by Gus Van Sant.

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