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Jitterbug Perfume
by Tom Robbins

Published: 1990-04-01
Paperback : 352 pages
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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, ...
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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.

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  "Jitterbug Perfume"by austen (see profile) 01/18/17

The book was a great story that provided lots of conversations--Tom Robbins is a very iconoclastic writer that uses the stage of expansive history to tell his story. The book is from the 80's but not... (read more)

 
  "Jitterbug Perfume"by floccart (see profile) 04/29/11

It took me a while to get into this book and see the direction it was taking. I liked the way the author wove the stories together. The characters were interesting, but odd. It's the first time I've... (read more)

 
  "perfectly fine for what it is"by peteharris2017 (see profile) 04/30/08

I bought this on the back of the frankly stunningly good amazon reviews. On the positive side it is a thoroughly enjoyable romp with some entertaining characters and interestingly presented ... (read more)

 
  "The book generated a lively discussion"by JulieInCabo (see profile) 11/20/07

Some members felt the book had too many "in your face" sexual comments and were offended, while others felt that it was a little "over the top", but the sexual comments were a very minor piece of the book.... (read more)

 
  "Try this book - get past the first few pages and you will not be able to put it down. There are tons of interesting topics for discussion!"by JennieUNC (see profile) 01/28/07

 
  " Too hard to summarize! The above make just about as much sense as anything else."by lshea (see profile) 01/25/07

Took me a while to get into it, but liked it by the end. I actually like it more after our discussion. Lots of things to talk about. It may not be your favorite read, but I bet you will find it one... (read more)

 
  "Highly recommended"by spunkee83 (see profile) 01/24/07

Loved this book - dense at times, but so wonderfully quirky and random.

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