Sakoly Aogoo Aogoo itibaren Kamphaeng Phet, Rattaphum District, Songkhla, Tayland
Jitterbug perfume left me with a good taste in my mouth. For someone who gets carried away with philosophy easily, it was refreshing for me to read Tom Robbins. He brilliantly strings deep philosophical themes throughout the novel and somehow left me feeling lighter, not weighed down. I started off skeptical and did not understand what I thought at the time was his pointless humor. About half way through the book though, his silliness grew on me, and I felt like I was on Tom Robbins crack. At the end, I did not know if I agreed with or believed half of what he had said, but he surely had me thinking. He somehow had me seriously thinking about the connection between dinosaurs and flora, bees and brains, and beets and immortality. I think many Tom Robbins critics get too caught up in criticizing his absurd writing and yes, sometimes "pointless" rambling, but that is not the point. The point is that before I knew it I was seriously considering adding more beets to my diet. Yes, one could attribute this to me being somewhat ignorant. Or, one could just accept that due to Tom Robbins brilliance, a reader can unknowingly be dragged into his silly world. They will then be spit right back out, feeling like they went to an amusement park and somehow came out enlightened.