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READER í Jitterbug Perfume ´ Tom Robbins Bottle is 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 The most glarin’ failure o’ the intelligentsia in modern times has been its inability to take comedy seriously The above Wiggs Dannyboy uote 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 uest for immortality and the meaning of life that tries to expose the connections between perfume tantric sex transcendental meditation pagan rites and ballroom dancing oh and beets Of our nine planets Saturn is the one that looks like fun Of our trees the palm is the obvious stand up comedian Among fowl the jester’s cap is worn by the duck Of our fruits and vegetables the tomato could play Falstaff the banana a slapstick role As Hamlet – or Macbeth – the beet is cast The beet or mangel wurzel gets the royal treatment in the novel put on an eual footing with ancient deities and with esoteric fragrances granted deep philosophical significance and mysterious metahysical powers Robbins lets his exuberance fly from the very first page in singing a paean to the under appreciated vegetable The introduction also serves as a weeding out device for starched collar or thin skinned readers who might be easily offended by the satirical attacks on widely accepted atitudes and religions Speaking for myself the intro had the opposite effect of drawing me instantly into the story The beet is the murderer returned to the scene of the crime The beet is what happens when the cherry finished with the carrot The beet is the ancient ancestor of the autumn moon bearded buried all but fossilized; the dark green sails of the grounded moon boat stitched with veins of primordial plasma; the kite string that once connected the moon to the Earth now a muddy whisker drilling desperately for rubies The story plot itself turned out to be almost irrelevant compared to the flow of ideas and the gleeful deconstruction of ‘serious’ literature Priscilla the genius waitress is working in a Mexican food restaurant in Seattle and in her spare time she experiments with the ultimate perfume Her mentor Madame Devalier is also working on a new perfume in New Orleans with the help of an alluring assistant named V’lu and of a supplier named Bingo Pajama Across the ocean in the perfume capital of the world Marcel ‘Bunny’ LeFever is experimenting himself with the olfactive revolution Later in the book the different strands meet again in Seattle at an institute researching longevity under a modern Flower Power guru named Wiggs Dannyboy and a German Nobel laureate named Wolfgang Morgenstern If you think this was easy to follow add an Argentinian accordionist a secret Tibetan sect named the Bandaloop a Saxon King named Alobar and an Indian low caste woman named Kudra mix in Albert Einstein and a scene borrowed from Dante’s Inferno extend the plot to cover several centuries include an impromptu history of perfume from the ancient to the modern times and put the cherry on the cake with the foul smelling god of anarchy drunkenness and promiscuity – PAN Then you might have an idea of the epic scope of Tom Robbins’ novel According to Priscilla the genius waitress an ‘alobar’ is a unit of measurement that describes the rate at which ‘Old Spice’ after shave lotion is absorbed by the lace on crotchless underpants although at other times she has defined it as the time it takes ‘Chanel No 5’ to evaporate from the wing tips of a wild duck flying backward Of this long list of characters all of whom are relevant in the economy of the novel the catalyst or core element is probably Alobar whose timeline come first and who defines in the most simple words the eternal human dillema sooner or later we all have to deal with the awareness of death Alobar refuses to accept Death’s supremacy and inevitablity setting out to find the secret of immortality I may be mad but I prefer the shit of this world to whatever ambrosias the next might offer and Alobar once king once serf now individual – have you heard of individuals? – free and hungry at your service My mission? Well frankly I am running away from death Heading East from his native Bohemia Alobar learns that freedom of choice euates also with danger and hunger and meets in Greece with one of the old wise ones The Great God Pan – who adds another piece or two to the puzzle of existentialism and free will Come with me Alobar for while we must go forever in despair let us also go forever in the enjoyment of the world and The gods have a great sense of humor don’t they? If you lack the iron and the fizz to take control of your own life if you insist on leaving your fate to the gods then the gods will repay your weakness by having a grin or two at your expense Should you fail to pilot your own ship don’t be surprised at what inappropriate port you find yourself docked Refreshed by the god’s drink and by the lusty dryads hanging around Pan Alobar continues to head East reaching the roof of the world where at first he seeks refuge in a Buddhist monastery only to discover that he very much prefers the material to the spiritual life A young Indian woman helps him to make the decision and from this point forward they will be a couple Here they teach that much of existence amounts only to misery; that misery is caused by desire; therefore if desire is eliminated then misery will be eliminated Now that is true enough as far as it goes There is plenty of misery in the world all right but there is ample pleasure as well If a person forswears pleasure in order to avoid misery what has he gained? A life with neither misery nor pleasure is an empty neutral existence and indeed it is the nothingness of the void that is the lamas’ final objective To actively seek nothingness is worse than defeat; why Kudra it is surrender; craven chickenhearted dishonorable surrender By this point of the journey I have also became aware of a tendency towards preaching on the part of the author but I enjoy so much his barbed style that he gets a free pass for of the same If desire causes suffering it may be because we do not desire wisely or that we are inexpert at obtaining what we desire Instead of hiding our heads in a prayer cloth and building walls against temptation why not get better at fulfilling desire? Salvation is for the feeble that’s what I think I don’t want salvation I want life all of life the miserable as well as the superb Yay for Alobar and Kudra Reader be prepared for some steamy scenes of enjoying life under the majestic Chomolungma Robbins continues to fire up his aphorism gun To eliminate the agitation and disappointment of desire we need but awaken to the fact that we have everything we want and need right now making time for a sideswipe at those serious gloomy cynical high brow authors comparing them with Timolus who judging the music contest between Pan and Apollo had unhesitatingly awarded the prize to the Apollonian lyre thereby establishing the tradition that critics must laud polish and restraint attack what is uirky and disobedient a tradition that endures to this day I would propose Robbins is deadly serious in his comedy coming down hard on the side of Pan and decrying the ways first Christianity and later Pure Reason Descartes and his disciples according to Alobar have taught us that life is pain and suffering In this plea Robbins sounds to me like a later day hippie a articulate but eually passionate supporter of a life among flowers and unrestriced love The old god had endured severe setbacks in the past the disdain of Apollo and his snooty followers the rise of cities the hostility of the philosophers – from Aristotle to Descartes – with their smug contentions that man was reasonable and nature defective and most damaging of all the concentrated efforts of the Christian church to discredit his authority by identifying his as Satan The arrogant attacks the dirty tricks the indifference had rendered him weak and invisible and might have destroyed him altogether had not an unreasonable affection for him persisted in isolated places hidden valleys and distant mountain huts; and in the hearts of heretics lusty women madmen and poets The same theme of the fight between Pan and Apollo is picked up later by Priscilla and Wiggs Dannyboy in Seattle as they discuss Flower Power and French existentialism Seems to me that the so called happy people are the ones who are trivial Avoiding reality and never thinking about anything important Reality is subjective and there’s an unenlightened tendency in this culture to regard something as ‘important’ only if ‘tis sober and severe Sure and still you’re right about your Cheerful Dumb only they’re not so much happy as lobotomized But your Gloomy Smart are just as ridiculous When you’re unhappy you get to pay a lot of attention to yourself And you get to take yourself oh so very seriously Your truly happy people which is to say your people who truly like themselves they don’t think about themselves very much Your unhappy person resents it when you try to cheer him up because that means he has to stop dwellin’ on himself and start paying attention to the universe Unhappiness is the ultimate form of self indulgence Practising what they preach Priscilla and Wiggs follow in the footsteps of Alobar and Kudra learning to find happiness in self expression and getting in touch with their animal side view spoiler “They can have their loaf o’ warm bread their new mown hay Nothin’ beats the smell of a lassie freshly laid” exclaims Dannyboy in post coital bliss hide spoiler

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PDF Ú BOOK Jitterbug Perfume Ê TOM ROBBINS Ê 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 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 m 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 Claude visions of paradise Page 13 The sky was a velvety black paw pressing on the white landscape with a feline delicacy stars flying like sparks from its fur Page 36 With the absence of the cloud cover that normally caused the sky over Seattle to resemble cottage cheese that had been dragged nine miles behind a cement truck the city for the first time in memory would have an unobstructed view of one of nature’s most mystical spectacles Page 47 When Claude glanced at the sky he saw that the text of Les Miserables had been painted over by Salvador Dali The sun was so round and glossy and black that had it a figure eight on it well it would have validated a lot of long standing philosophical and theological complaints underlining once and for all just where we earthlings sit on the cosmic pool table Page 81 A few flat clouds folded themselves like crepes over fillings of apricot sky Pompadours of supper time smoke billowed from chimneys separating into girlish pigtails as the breeze combed them out above the slate rooftops Chestnut blossoms weary from having been admired all day wore faint smiles of anticipation Page 201And of course Above Seattle the many buttocked sky continued to grind Page 312And that’s just me culling annoying descriptions of the sky Imagine 350 dense unrelenting pages of this crap I never thought a book about immortality—one of my favorite subjects—could ever inspire in me such a desperate desire for it all to please just end

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Jitterbug PerfumeUst 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 liuid in the The highest function of love is that it makes the loved one a uniue and irreplaceable being“Jitterbug Perfume” is a novel that starts out with 4 separate story lines And then about 120 pages or so into the text the 4 stories slowly start to come together As the tales become and entwined one cannot help but marvel at the genius of Tom RobbinsThe middle of the novel has moments that might get a little too heady for the casual reader and therefore might come across as slow reading Just plow through and make sure to pay attention Robbins is setting something up for later in the textPar for the course with a Robbins text his use of figurative language is astounding Especially impressive in this book are some of his insanely creative similes How does this man do it? On page 60 there is a metaphor about the air in Louisiana as an obscene phone call from nature It is brilliant you know immediately what he is saying and it is typical Robbins Also incredible in this book is the thematic use of beets as a metaphor that is so apt that when it is finally revealed you wonder at how you missed itThe last chapter called “The Bill” is simple astounding and very profound and a killer manner in which to end this novelIn “Jitterbug Perfume” Tom Robbins use of the sense of smell to propel his theme is creative and so practical It makes perfect sense This is one of the best Robbins I have encountered so far and it will guarantee that I continue the journey