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Dark,
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Dramatic

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Perfume (MTI)
by Patrick Suskind

Published: 2006-11-07
Paperback : 255 pages
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An acclaimed bestseller and international sensation, Patrick Suskind's classic novel provokes a terrifying examination of what happens when one man's indulgence in his greatest passion—his sense of smell—leads to murder.

In the slums of eighteenth-century France, the infant ...
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An acclaimed bestseller and international sensation, Patrick Suskind's classic novel provokes a terrifying examination of what happens when one man's indulgence in his greatest passion—his sense of smell—leads to murder.

In the slums of eighteenth-century France, the infant Jean-Baptiste Grenouille is born with one sublime gift-an absolute sense of smell. As a boy, he lives to decipher the odors of Paris, and apprentices himself to a prominent perfumer who teaches him the ancient art of mixing precious oils and herbs. But Grenouille's genius is such that he is not satisfied to stop there, and he becomes obsessed with capturing the smells of objects such as brass doorknobs and frest-cut wood. Then one day he catches a hint of a scent that will drive him on an ever-more-terrifying quest to create the "ultimate perfume"—the scent of a beautiful young virgin. Told with dazzling narrative brillance, Perfume is a hauntingly powerful tale of murder and sensual depravity.

Translated from the German by John E. Woods.

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I would only recommend this book with reservations. It is not for general audiences.
by gourmet (see profile) 05/21/10

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We went to a French restaurant.
by gourmet (see profile) 05/21/10

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  "not liked by everyone!"by Juliestorer (see profile) 07/20/10

It was readable but I wouldn't recommend it as it had very mixed reviews by our club and more didn't like it than did! Very unbelievable ending but I didn't struggle to get through it.

 
  "Perfume"by gourmet (see profile) 05/21/10

This book is a disturbing part historical,part mysterious journey of 18th century Paris on an olfactory level. It is informative and insightful, but a very dark look into the mind of a criminally insane... (read more)

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