Jitterbug Perfume

Jitterbug Perfume 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

  • Title: Jitterbug Perfume
  • Author: Tom Robbins
  • ISBN: 9780553050684
  • Page: 497
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 bottleJitterbug 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 is actually is the secret essence of the universe, as some folks seem to think, it had better be discovered soon becaused it is leaking and there is only a drop of two left.From the Trade Paperback edition.

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    1. Well, I officially don’t get Tom Robbins. People have recommended him on the basis of comparisons toDouglas 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 i [...]

    2. 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 temperatu [...]

    3. 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 [...]

    4. 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 μυρωδ [...]

    5. I'm going to add many quotes from this book and not indulge too much in the plot.Like Gabriel García Márquez's One Hundred Years of Solitude, and my more recent read of Jonathan Carroll's The Land Of Laughs, this book took me into a maze of philosophies and literary genres, which one of the characters in the book, Dr. Wigs Dannyboy, so eloquently described: "As fortunate as I am to be born an Irishman and thus possess a license to broadcast this brand o' pseudolyrical bullshit, that's how fort [...]

    6. 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 [...]

    7. 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, transcend [...]

    8. 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 [...]

    9. '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 öyk [...]

    10. 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, [...]

    11. 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 m [...]

    12. “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."K [...]

    13. 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 than [...]

    14. 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 seatwhat 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. The [...]

    15. 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 [...]

    16. 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 [...]

    17. 7 / 10İlk 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 kaldıra [...]

    18. 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 el [...]

    19. 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. H [...]

    20. 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

    21. 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 [...]

    22. Seneler, seneler önce okuyup aşık olduğum ve hala ne zaman bir "pancar" görsem aklıma gelen kitap. Yeniden okumalı.

    23. 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. [...]

    24. 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 policy and enforcement. You can read why I came to this decision here.In the meantime, you can read the entire review at Smorgasbook

    25. 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!!! HATTA BÜTÜN KİTABI ALOBAR YÜRÜTMÜŞKEN ASLINDA NEDEN SON SÖZÜ ALOBAR SÖYLEMEDİ AQ!!! Ayrıca Dannyboy'ın kızını da yarım bıraktı bence. Allah kahretsin epilog istiyorum! ÇILDIRACAĞIM! Şey Muhtemelen hayatımın en [...]

    26. 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 [...]

    27. I avoided Tom Robbins novels for years particularly because my old boyfriend was such a fanatic about him and even when I was deep into him, we disagreed on most literature. The way he and his pretentious 20-something arty bros talked about Robbins put me off in a big way. Lately, I've been getting multiple nudges from friends who know I've been researching olfaction so I gave in and read JP for research.My original instinct was correct: this is a novel for the all-male tribe I call "toilet phil [...]

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