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Jitterbug Perfume: A Novel Paperback – April 1, 1990
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"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."—Washington Post
“Robbins again celebrates the joy of individual expression and self-reliance. He lays before us the time honored warts and hairs of the world’s philosophies—problems with religion, war, politics, family, marriage and sex—and leaves no twist or turn unstoned. —Saturday Review
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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 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.
"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."--The Washington Post
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The problem also with it being my second time around, is that there wasn't that amazement at what happens in the lives of our heroes. Interestingly, though, is that it didn't end the way I remembered. Instead, it ended the way I wanted it to.
Since reading this the first time, I've read pretty much everything Robbins has written. I still put Jitterbug Perfume at the top of all his books.
Robbins writes in long sentences, using a type of poetic-prose that would be off-putting as too ooey-gooey or smarmy if it weren't so brilliant. No. The writing is superb, intricate, and sensual. This book gets inside you, makes you really think about the nature of reality and how the everyday things we do to make ourselves alluring are intertwined with history that spans continents, and how we can become better people by making small adjustments to our everyday way of thinking.
This book is right in line with Robbins' ouevre. I've read all his novels and rank it right up there with "Even Cowgirls Get the Blues" and "Skinny Legs and All" in terms of his best work. If you haven't already read it and you're a fan of his other books or anything in the realm of fantasy, magical realism, literary fiction, or science fiction, I highly recommend this novel.