Jitterbug Perfume: A Novel (Paperback)

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Tom Robbins crafts the best metaphor and the most clever simile I've ever read. Jitterbug Perfume is a story that moves past extraordinary into a realm only Tom Robbins can create. It simultaneously follows one 20th century girl's quest for a perfect perfume and one 12th century King's quest for immortality. Their stories intersect across three continents, across ten centuries, through greek gods, and, most importantly: beets.

-- Andy

— From Andy D. Staff Picks


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.

About the Author

Tom Robbins has been called “a vital natural resource” by The Oregonian, “one of the wildest and most entertaining novelists in the world” by the Financial Times of London, and “the most dangerous writer in the world today” by Fernanda Pivano of Italy’s Corriere della Sera. A Southerner by birth, Robbins has lived in and around Seattle since 1962.

Praise For…

"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
Product Details
ISBN: 9780553348989
ISBN-10: 0553348981
Publisher: Bantam
Publication Date: April 1st, 1990
Pages: 352
Language: English