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El Perfume: Historia de un Asesino (Spanish Edition) (Spanish) Hardcover – December, 2005

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 253 pages
  • Publisher: Booket (December 2005)
  • Language: Spanish
  • ISBN-10: 9875800619
  • ISBN-13: 978-9875800618
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.7 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,752,186 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By lawyeraau HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 9, 2005
Format: Paperback
This is a beautifully written novel. Ingenious in its conception and carefully crafted, the author has created a unique and dazzling work of fiction. Divided into three parts, the book tells the story of a most unusual life, that of Jean-Baptiste Grenouille.

The first part of the book establishes that he was born to a woman who was hung from a gibbet for having left him to die. It turns out that Jean-Baptiste is an unusual baby. He gives people the willies, because, unlike most babies, Jean-Baptiste has no scent.

Over time, Jean-Baptiste develops into a boy with a secret gift. His olfactory sense is developed to a degree unheard of in humans. He delights in parsing the odors around him. Ugly, friendless, and a loner, he eventually ventures into the city of Paris, a malodorous and pungent cornucopia of smells. Believe me, there is plenty to sniff out in eighteenth century Paris! Jean-Baptiste savors each whiff, and the book conveys these olfactory delights with meticulous, descriptive precision.

His bleak existence is transformed, however, when he one day captures a heady scent of such exquisite beauty that he finds himself obsessed with it. Determined to have that scent at all costs, he eventually sniffs it out. It turns out to be the scent of a young virgin on the cusp of flowering into a woman. It is a scent that he must possess. What he does to do so will surely chill the reader.

Jean-Baptiste eventually maneuvers to get himself apprenticed to a perfumer, so that he can have the opportunity to learn the trade and create scents. He leads a bleak existence, subsisting as little more than a slave to the perfumer for whom he works.
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By Allan on November 5, 2012
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You sent me the 2001 edition instead of the 2006 edition that is in the product description the cover is completly diferent. Basically I am happy with the book but is not the edition you announce and the one I want.
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Este libro me llamaba mucho la atención por la fama que tenía y el furor en torno a la película. Al leerlo me pareció lento y que se quedaba estancado en ciertas escenas por mucho tiempo; aun así la trama me tenía atrapada, pero el final fue un poco cortante y soso. No creo que lo recomendaría en caso que me preguntaran.
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Jean-Baptiste Grenouille nació con una falta total de empatía con la raza humana, rechazado por su madre al nacer, criado en un hospicio sin amor ni afecto, explotado como un animal en una curtiduría lleva una vida sucia, apestosa, gris y solitaria solo alterada por los olores que lo hacen soñar, vibrar y vivir un mundo paralelo, por casualidad llega a Baldini un viejo perfumista en decadencia que decide darle la oportunidad de explotar su pituitaria, el extraño don que posee ya tiene un objetivo, crear perfumes y fragancias aunque pasado un tiempo creativo ya esta actividad no le llena, parte y por el camino sufre una especie de bloqueo místico maníaco que lo mantiene aislado durante siete años y de la que saca como conclusión que ha de crear una fragancia para poder dominar a la humanidad, en Grasse su sueño descabellado se descontrola creando el terror en la comarca al sembrarla de cadáveres en aras de su enajenada megalomania creadora, tiene éxito, es testigo de su reacción pero por su incapacidad para dar como recibir afecto decide terminar todo donde comenzó.
Novela increíblemente hermosa y morbosa donde el autor mezcla en un alambique la personalidad patológica del protagonista, un ser amoral, sin escrúpulos ni conciencia con las esencias aromáticas y crea un perfumado recorrido a la enajenación mas absoluta con una trama que por su originalidad, belleza de lenguaje y rica en imaginación mantiene al lector pendiente de cada descripción, narración y diálogo hasta el final.
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Una historia bastante inquietante: una persona que no despide olor alguno pero que posee un poderoso olfato y así se convierte en perfumista, pero no uno cualquiera, el mejor. Es un ser rencoroso, incapaz de sentir remordimiento alguno, un ser muy peligroso.

La narración de la historia es perfecta, está tan detallada que es posible oler en el momento lo que el autor te describe, es impresionante. Desde lo más nauseabundo hasta lo más delicioso, la capacidad de Patrick Süskind de detallar cada aroma es simplemente perfecta.
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This is the Spanish text edition of a novel so beautifully written that it transcends into literature. Ingenious in its conception and carefully crafted, the author has created a unique and dazzling work of fiction. Divided into three parts, the book tells the story of a most unusual life, that of Jean-Baptiste Grenouille.

The first part of the book establishes that he was born to a woman who was hung from a gibbet for having left him to die. It turns out that Jean-Baptiste is an unusual baby. He gives people the willies, because, unlike most babies, Jean-Baptiste has no scent.

Over time, Jean-Baptiste develops into a boy with a secret gift. His olfactory sense is developed to a degree unheard of in humans. He delights in parsing the odors around him. Ugly, friendless, and a loner, he eventually ventures into the city of Paris, a malodorous and pungent cornucopia of smells. Believe me, there is plenty to sniff out in eighteenth century Paris! Jean-Baptiste savors each whiff, and the book conveys these olfactory delights with meticulous, descriptive precision.

His bleak existence is transformed, however, when he one day captures a heady scent of such exquisite beauty that he finds himself obsessed with it. Determined to have that scent at all costs, he eventually sniffs it out. It turns out to be the scent of a young virgin on the cusp of flowering into a woman. It is a scent that he must possess. What he does to do so will surely chill the reader.

Jean-Baptiste eventually maneuvers to get himself apprenticed to a perfumer, so that he can have the opportunity to learn the trade and create scents. He leads a bleak existence, subsisting as little more than a slave to the perfumer for whom he works. But no matter, for he learns all that he needs to know.
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