Free People Book Club: Jitterbug Perfume Part 2

Jitterbug Perfume: the two key ingredients for making the most intoxicating and powerful perfume in the world are jasmine and beets.  I love the way that Tom Robbins describes these two plants in the book as if they have personalities… he has such a magical way with words.

“A few other flowers may be as sweet, but jasmine is sweet without sentiment, sweet without effeteness, sweet without compromise; it is aggressively sweet…Expansive, yet never cloying, romantic, yet seldom melancholy, jasmine has the poise of a wild creature, some elusive self-sufficient thing that croons like an organic saxophone in the tropical night.”


“The beet is the most intense of vegetables.  The radish, admittedly, is more feverish, but the fire of the radish is a cold fire, the fire of discontent not of passion.  Tomatoes are lusty enough, yet there runs through tomatoes an undercurrent of frivolity.  Beets are deadly serious.”


“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.”


“Although the contention that matter can transcend, at will, its material character would have had Descartes spinning in one or the other of his graves, a person who can believe in physical immorality is merely a step away from believing in dematerialization.”


Let me know how far along in the book you guys are and what you think so far!

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  1. I’m at the beach right now and am in total need of a good read. I waited last minute and was actually looking for a book store on my way to the island im staying at. unfortunately, there was no book store, but atleast i have my sketch pad! nice one ariel…haha

  2. i just began part four. There’s so much I want to say but if I do, I will reveal too many spoilers. Tom Robbins is such an inspiration.

  3. Tom Robbins!? I recently finished Still Life with Woodpecker …it was an absolute dream. TR’s words and images made laugh and cry. he’s amazing.
    i need to check out Jitterbug – thanks for the recommendation!

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