A former student of art and religion, Tom Robbins spent five years as an urban newspaperman before vanishing into the country to write fiction.
The fourth book from author Tom Robbins, Jitterbug Perfume has been hailed as being a work with a masterfully constructed plot. A most typical and usual review of this work are oftentimes found to house comments not unlike those of the Washington Post's Roddy Rucker who reviewed "Jitterbug Perfume" as a "book ... lovingly plotted, with every conceivable loose end nailed down tight."
This is quite a feat for a work set in over ten locations (including the afterlife) and spanning one thousand historical years with more than seven major characters. Such achievement is most uncommon amongst his peers.
His often complex witty and satirical style with extremely well composed passages has earned him a place amongst the most noted of talents in the field of writing. In a recent interview, he relayed that 2 pages out put a day was good progress for his work. Such is the thoroughness of which he treats his works.
Gus Van Sant worked the comedy drama romance "Tom Robbins" book "Even Cowgirls Get the Blues" into a screenplay for a 1993 cinematic flick of the same name starring the beautiful Uma Thurman.
So with Jitterbug Perfume, speculative theories masterfully spun about evolutionary stages of perception and experience, and through vegetable mysticism, the mixing of myth with facts most scientific, may afford a view with which the next form of human consciousness may be predicated.
An excellent Tom Robbins guide (critical companion) has been put together by Catherine E. Hoyser and Lorena Laura Stookey and should be available through amazon.
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