Jitterbug Perfume

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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 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. From the Trade Paperback edition.

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SuperSummary, a modern alternative to SparkNotes and CliffsNotes, offers high-quality study guides for challenging works of literature. This 45-page guide for "Jitterbug Perfume" by Tom Robbins includes detailed chapter summaries and analysis covering 4 chapters, as well as several more in-depth sections of expert-written literary analysis. Featured content includes commentary on major characters, 25 important quotes, essay topics, and key themes like The Effect of Magical Realism on Everyday Life and Individualism and Self-Reliance.

Un parfum de jitterbug

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Une serveuse de tacos qui joue les apprenties chimistes à Seattle, une parfumeuse déchue de La Nouvelle-Orléans qui prépare son come-back et un excentrique nez des hautes sphères de l'industrie parisienne s'interrogent : qui donc leur envoie ces mystérieuses betteraves sans laisser de traces ni le moindre message ? La clé du mystère se trouve peut-être au cœur de l'épopée d'Alobar, roi du VIIIe siècle, qui, fuyant la mort, erre autour du monde en compagnie d'une jeune Indienne fascinée par les essences, et qui découvrira le secret de l'immortalité. Un parfum de jitterbug est un roman bouillonnant et excentrique dans lequel Tom Robbins célèbre les joies de l'existence en nous livrant les secrets d'un parfum perdu. L'auteur génial du Même les cow-girls ont du vague à l'âme nous entraîne une nouvelle fois dans un récit délirant et explosif.

Tom Robbins

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Presents a collection of three novels--"Even Cowgirls Get the Blues," "Jitterbug Perfurme," and "Half Asleep in Frog Pajamas."

Pan Aroma

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«Ein altes ukrainisches Sprichwort warnt: Eine Geschichte, die mit einer Roten Bete anfängt, endet mit dem Teufel.» In «Pan Aroma» lauern noch ganz andere Gefahren auf den Leser: Wohlgerüche schlagen um in infernalischen Gestank, Dematerialisation birgt das Risiko einer Reise ohne Wiederkehr, und die Flüchtigkeit des Parfüms als Quelle ewigen Lebens wird zum Ausgangspunkt einer abenteuerlichen Jagd nach einem göttlichen Parfümfläschchen.

Villa Incognito

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Dans son nouveau roman Tom Robbins, l’auteur culte de Même les cow-girls ont du vague à l’âme, moins « politiquement correct » que jamais, s’attaque à l’Amérique de Bush. Irrésistible et jubilatoire ! Après la guerre du Vietnam, trois pilotes américains en délicatesse avec la hiérarchie militaire ont décidé de se faire passer pour morts et de disparaître au Laos. Installés à la Villa Incognito, au cœur d’un petit village perdu dans la montagne, ils ont vécu une existence de rêve entre philosophie zen, trafic d’opium, de rubis, et concubines multiples. Mais lorsque l’un d’entre eux se fait arrêter à Guam, à la veille des attentas terroristes du 11 septembre 2001, et qu’un agent de la CIA psychotique décide d’enquêter sur ce trio infernal, ils vont devoir en découdre avec leur patrie d’origine. Qui a bien changé depuis leur départ...

Un parfum de jitterbug

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Un parfum de jitterbug by Tom ROBBINS Summary

Une serveuse de tacos qui joue les apprenties chimistes à Seattle, une parfumeuse déchue de La Nouvelle-Orléans qui prépare son come-back et un excentrique nez des hautes sphères de l'industrie parisienne s'interrogent : qui donc leur envoie ces mystérieuses betteraves sans laisser de traces ni le moindre message ? La clé du mystère se trouve peut-être au cœur de l'épopée d'Alobar, roi du VIIIe siècle, qui, fuyant la mort, erre autour du monde en compagnie d'une jeune Indienne fascinée par les essences, et qui découvrira le secret de l'immortalité. Un parfum de jitterbug est un roman bouillonnant et excentrique dans lequel Tom Robbins célèbre les joies de l'existence en nous livrant les secrets d'un parfum perdu. L'auteur génial du Même les cow-girls ont du vague à l'âme nous entraîne une nouvelle fois dans un récit délirant et explosif.

Legend of the Rainbow Warriors

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Legend of the Rainbow Warriors by Steven McFadden Summary

Legend of the Rainbow Warriors is a journalist's account of one of the core myths of America, and an electrifying exploration of how that myth is playing out in real time. One dominant myth is formed by advertising images of vast, luxurious wealth-the myth of materialism. Another myth is conjured in the bloody, sorrowful images that pervade movies, music and computer games-the myth that the world is hate-filled and chaotic beyond redemption. The Legend of the Rainbow Warriors offers a spiritual alternative of hope and real possibility based upon respect, freedom and responsibility. As drawn from dozens of historical accounts, the Legend of the Rainbow Warriors relates that "when the Earth becomes desperately sick, people of all colors and faiths will unite, and rise to face the overwhelming challenges with insight, honesty, caring, sharing, and respect." Veteran writer Steven McFadden weaves the myths and the headlines together seamlessly in a rich work of literary journalism that is adroitly crafted, eye-opening, and soul-inspiring.

Some Organic Readings in Narrative, Ancient and Modern: Gathered and originally presented as a book for John

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Some Organic Readings in Narrative, Ancient and Modern: Gathered and originally presented as a book for John by Ian Repath,Fritz-Gregor Herrmann Summary

This volume in honour of John Morgan contains seventeen essays by colleagues, research students, and post-doctoral researchers who have worked with and been influenced by him during his 40 years in Swansea, up to and beyond his retirement in 2015. It is designed to reflect the esteem and affection in which the honorand is held, as teacher, supervisor, colleague, and friend. All the contributions reflect John Morgan's interests, with a particular focus on narrative, which has always been at the forefront of his teaching and research: he has elucidated the forms, structures, strategies, and functions of numerous ancient narratives, especially fictional, in a voluminous body of scholarship. The contributors consider a wide range of narratives, extending from those which show the influence of older stories on the beginnings of ancient Greek civilisation, through various narrative genres in different periods of antiquity, and up to later eras when the impact of Greek and Roman learning, stories, and ideas has been felt. The core of this volume contains discussions of narratives from the Roman imperial period, since this is the area to which the majority of John Morgan's work has been devoted and where his research has seen him become a world-leader in the study of the ancient Greek novel. Several of the contributions, at various stages of development, were delivered and discussed at gatherings organised under the aegis of KYKNOS, the Centre for Research on the Narrative Literatures of the Ancient World, which was established at Swansea in 2004 at John Morgan's initiative.

B comme bière

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À la veille de ses six ans, Gracie s'interroge. Quel est ce mystérieux liquide que les adultes ingurgitent avec une telle satisfaction ? Si son père élude ses questions sur la bière, l'Oncle Moe s'avère plus loquace. Il propose même à sa nièce de l'emmener visiter la Brasserie Redhook. Mais quand elle apprend que la visite n'aura pas lieu, Gracie a un accès de colère et engloutit une canette trouvée dans le frigo. Elle voit alors surgir la sympathique Fée de la Bière. Commence alors pour la fillette un voyage fabuleux et instructif au pays de l'alcool couleur de miel. B comme bière est un conte enchanteur dont la lecture a l'art d'enivrer petits et grands. À consommer sans modération.

Une bien étrange attraction

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Fausse gitane mais vraie voyante, la belle Amanda et son mari John Paul Ziller, artiste et magicien inséparable de son babouin, ouvrent un zoo et un stand de hot-dogs au bord de l'autoroute. Là, ils rétablissent le cirque de puces comme art populaire et le culte de la fécondité comme religion ultime. Quand débarque leur ami Plucky Purcell, ancien joueur de football et dealer à ses heures, les ennuis commencent. Ayant par accident infiltré une armée secrète du Vatican, Plucky s'est retrouvé à Rome où il a découvert le corps momifié du Christ oublié dans une catacombe. Après l'avoir dérobé et ramené aux États-Unis, il vient le cacher dans leur zoo et remet l'avenir de la civilisation occidentale entre leurs mains. Mais le FBI et la CIA veillent. Une bien étrange attraction est un livre foisonnant qui repousse les frontières de l'imagination et nous entraîne au cœur des sixties. Ce roman fantasque, mi-divertissement apocalyptique mi-suspense métaphysique, répond avec génie aux questions fondamentales de notre époque.

Féroces infirmes retour des pays chauds

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Switters, agent peu conventionnel de la CIA, épicurien à la libido débridée, se rend dans la forêt amazonienne pour libérer le perroquet de sa grand-mère, grande prêtresse du piratage informatique. Il y sera victime d'un sortilège lancé par un étrange chaman à la tête en forme de pyramide. Rendu infirme par cette malédiction, Switters échoue au Moyen-Orient chez des nonnes militant pour la contraception. Il y découvrira l'amour, ainsi qu'une prophétie mystérieuse jadis dictée par la Vierge à Fatima et qui contient le secret d'un nouvel ordre mondial. De l'Amazonie au Vatican, ce roman d'aventures de Tom Robbins est une épopée picaresque balayant d'un trait de plume plein d'humour quelques-uns des plus grands mystères de l'humanité.

Comme la grenouille sur son nénuphar

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Gwendolyn, jeune trader ambitieuse, voit son univers s'effondrer avec les marchés financiers la veille de Pâques. C’est le début du pire week-end de sa vie : alors qu'elle s'imagine déjà privée d'avenir, le singe kleptomane de son petit ami s'enfuit, un ancien as de la finance de retour de Tombouctou s'immisce dans son existence et sa meilleure amie se volatilise, tandis qu'un étrange médecin japonais débarque à Seattle pour y présenter un remède miracle contre le cancer. Au milieu de tout ce désordre, Gwen devra faire un choix : continuer de poursuivre le rêve américain ou partir à l’aventure. Dénonçant le consumérisme de l'Amérique et ses désirs de gloire, Comme la grenouille sur son nénuphar est un chef-d'œuvre d'humour et de fantaisie.

Jambes fluettes etc

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Ellen Cherry n'avait aucune intention d'épouser Randolph “Boomer” Petway, son flirt du lycée. Car quand on ambitionne de devenir artiste, un ex devenu soudeur ne présente pas grand intérêt. Ellen Cherry préfère fuir sa ville natale pour les lumières de Seattle où elle expose ses premières toiles. Jusqu'au jour où Boomer vient la chercher au volant d'une caravane transformée en dinde géante. Elle succombe, et les deux jeunes mariés partent pour New York. Mais dès leur arrivée, Boomer et sa dinde roulante vont lui voler la vedette et s'accaparer l'attention de l'avant-garde artistique. Ellen Cherry se reconvertira alors comme serveuse dans un restaurant tenu par un Juif et un Arabe en face de l’ONU. Sur fond de troubles au Moyen-Orient, de Danse des Sept Voiles et de Super Bowl, Tom Robbins tord le cou aux faux artistes et aux guerres de religion dans un récit brillant et espiègle, aussi incisif qu’il est hilarant.

The California Tales

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The California Tales by Mathew Kinsella Summary

Exhibit-A To dream the im-poss-ible dream to fight the un-beat-able foe to run where the brave (or wise) dare not go -From the Broadway production of The Man of La Mancha, music by Darien and Leigh, 1965 Gracing the awesome coastline of California like a set of stained glass and adobe rosary beads, the 18th-century chain of twenty-one old Spanish missions offer the modern tourist a window into the history of the golden state at once colorful, quaint, often romanticized and just possibly not as benign as the tourist literature would lead us to believe. Investigating just that possibility, three amateur researchers have uncovered an historic mission artifact that, proven authentic, could shaken the golden state to its foundations. Nor would the repercussions end there, cautioned research director Brother Kolbe. Not by a long shot. At the state capitol in Sacramento, the governors Mission Affairs Department, and entrenched bereaucrazy representing the vested interest of the church, civic groups, university and private concerns, is naturally interested in the discovery. With real estate totaling in the multi-billion dollar range, including treasure troves of priceless relics and artwork, the Mission Affairs Department is somewhat hesitant at relinquishing control of their flock of iconic golden geese. Exposing the scandalous mission hullabaloo to the light of day may very well, researcher Samara Del Rio smiled with a perfectly beatific malfeasance, induce a state of anarchy. This my quest, to follow that star no matter how hopeless, no matter how far Along with Sam, ostensibly the team sociologist; Franciscan Brother and linguist Kolbe McCeanna and computer technician Felicia Bonaventura have tracked the legendary article to the derelict ruins of a minor auxiliary mission, Mision Estancia San Micmac, abandoned deep in the cathedral redwoods of Californias rugged pacific coast foothills. Exhibit-A.: as Sacramento knows, the notorious artifact is a legendary mission document lost since the colonial era, and thought to be a Spanish translation of aboriginal petroglyphs, entitled Las Cuentitas Primaveritas de Isla Califia. Past as prologue, a highly divisive work of folkloric Outside Art, colonial-era historians date the slim manuscript to the year 1561. Spakespearean scholars, however, citing key internal references to The Bards colonial-era play The Tempest, insist that the text is no older that the year 1611. Anti-Stratfordians, of course, call the Spakespearean theory leaky as an unstaunched wench. Adding to the debate, pre-Columbian archivists at Villa Poggio Gherado in Canterbury, England claim tevidence supporting a composition date of 1348. Equally divided, modern pundits dismiss Las Cuentitas as nothing more than psychosocial gibberish and third-rate poetic doggerel anyway, or else venerate the document as instrumental to a radical psychosocial transformation. Either way, if birds of a feather flock together than the infamous manuscript resembles a traditional book to the extent a penguin resembles an ostrich. [Embedded in translation throughout the plot of The California Tales], Las Cuentitas represents an extraordinary multimedia-literary genre suppressed censored and banned since the 1960s as irredeemably subversive to the status quo. During its brief hayday in the sun, the tempestuous genre was known as Prosperos Salient Heliotropic Articulation Grids: pSHAGs. And, particularly threatening to the dominate paradigm, pSHAG poetry, (or poemetry), was known, rather tongue-in-cheek, as Teleothanantological Neuropeptidal Algorithms: T.N.A.s. Moreover, reputedly encrypted within a Prospero SHAG TNA are the sole surviving fragments of the theoretical Archetypical Tale: the mother of all manuscripts, the lore at the core. Archetypical Tale theorists insist that this so-called consummate communiqu is simultaneously primordial and pansophic, pro

Headpress 23

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Headpress 23 by David Kerekes Summary

A gothic, blood curdling edition of the world's greatest journal of sex, religion and death. Incisive and cutting edge essays from the world of underground film, fanaticism, crime, sex, art, trash and sleaze. Contents include; A visit to the reclusive director of 70s seminal obscure horror movie Last house on Dead End Street, interview with Tom Robbins whose book 'Another Roadside Attraction' Elvis was reputed to be reading when he died, and Laurence O'Toole, author of 'Pornucopia' on set with gonzo pornmaker Buttman. Illustrated with 20 black and white illustrations.

Gospel of the Open Road

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Gospel of the Open Road by Robert C. Gordon Summary

Gospel of the Open Road reclaims Ralph Waldo Emerson, Walt Whitman, and Henry David Thoreau as America’s spiritual birthright. It rescues them from literary history, and reveals them in their true light: as democracy’s prophets of the soul. Emerson, Whitman, and Thoreau were religious seers who developed a new form of spirituality, and Gospel of the Open Road explains, in scholarly yet passionate fashion, the deep wisdom that is their enduring legacy. It presents them as a viable spiritual path for those who do not belong, and do not want to belong, to any organized religion.But this book does more. It draws fascinating parallels between the new spirituality taught by Emerson, Whitman, Thoreau and ancient spiritual wisdom as found in shamanism, Goddess worship, Tantra, Taoism, Confucianism, Vajrayana and Zen Buddhism, and Hinduism. This book is an evocative synthesis of humanity’s most venerable spiritual wisdom and the most modern of philosophical, social, psychological, political, scientific, and Humanistic concepts. It traces the New Age spiritual revolution to its source in Emerson, Whitman, and Thoreau, and explains how to apply their spiritual teachings to our everyday life here on Earth.

The Aesthetics of Everyday Life

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The Aesthetics of Everyday Life by Andrew Light,Jonathan Smith Summary

The aesthetics of everyday life, originally developed by Henri Lefebvre and other modernist theorists, is an extension of traditional aesthetics, usually confined to works of art. It is not limited to the study of humble objects but is rather concerned with all of the undeniably aesthetic experiences that arise when one contemplates objects or performs acts that are outside the traditional realm of aesthetics. It is concerned with the nature of the relationship between subject and object. One significant aspect of everyday aesthetics is environmental aesthetics, whether constructed, as a building, or manipulated, as a landscape. Others, also discussed in the book, include sport, weather, smell and taste, and food.

Wild Ducks Flying Backward

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Wild Ducks Flying Backward by Tom Robbins Summary

Known for his meaty seriocomic novels–expansive works that are simultaneously lowbrow and highbrow–Tom Robbins has also published over the years a number of short pieces, predominantly nonfiction. His travel articles, essays, and tributes to actors, musicians, sex kittens, and thinkers have appeared in publications ranging from Esquire to Harper’s, from Playboy to the New York Times, High Times, and Life. A generous sampling, collected here for the first time and including works as diverse as scholarly art criticism and some decidedly untypical country- music lyrics, Wild Ducks Flying Backward offers a rare sweeping overview of the eclectic sensibility of an American original. Whether he is rocking with the Doors, depoliticizing Picasso’s Guernica, lamenting the angst-ridden state of contemporary literature, or drooling over tomato sandwiches and a species of womanhood he calls “the genius waitress,” Robbins’s briefer writings often exhibit the same five traits that perhaps best characterize his novels: an imaginative wit, a cheerfully brash disregard for convention, a sweetly nasty eroticism, a mystical but keenly observant eye, and an irrepressible love of language. Embedded in this primarily journalistic compilation are a couple of short stories, a sheaf of largely unpublished poems, and an off-beat assessment of our divided nation. And wherever we open Wild Ducks Flying Backward, we’re apt to encounter examples of the intently serious playfulness that percolates from the mind of a self-described “romantic Zen hedonist” and “stray dog in the banquet halls of culture.”

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Tom Robbins by Catherine Elizabeth Hoyser,Catherine Hoyser,Lorena Laura Stookey Summary

This is the first book-length study of the popular novelist Tom Robbins. Whimsy and humor characterize Robbins' work, but style and language are the keystones. Hoyser and Stookey show how Robbins deftly uses style and humor to depict the absurdities and injustices of our world. His novels constantly challenge perceptions of the world that people automatically label as normal. His fiction criticizes the complacency of humans in a world becoming increasingly alienated from nature and the joy of life. In addition to a critical analysis of each of his novels, the study contains biographical material never before published and the first full-length bibliography on Robbins, including a bibliography of reviews of his fiction. This is the first book-length study of the popular novelist Tom Robbins. Whimsy and humor characterize Robbins' work, but style and language are the keystones. Hoyser and Stookey show how Robbins deftly uses style and humor to depict the absurdities and injustices of our world. His novels constantly challenge perceptions of the world that people automatically label as normal. His fiction criticizes the complacency of humans in a world becoming increasingly alienated from nature and the joy of life. In addition to a critical analysis of each of his novels, the study contains biographical material never before published and the first full-length bibliography on Robbins, including a bibliography of reviews of his fiction. The study features a biographical chapter, a chapter on context and style, and individual chapters on each of his novels, ^IAnother Roadside Attraction^R, ^IEven Cowgirls Get the Blues, Still Life with Woodpecker, Jitterbug Perfume, skinny legs and all^R, and ^IHalf Asleep in Frog Pajamas^R. Each novel is analyzed for plot structure, characterization, and thematic elements. In addition, Hoyser and Stookey define and apply an alternative critical perspective from which to read each novel. The reading of each of Robbins' novels will be enriched by this perceptive study.