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Perfume: The Story of a Murderer Mass Market Paperback – September 1, 1987
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From Library Journal
Upon its publication last year in Germany Susskind's first novel Perfume immediately became an international best seller. Set in 18th-century France, Perfume relates the fascinating and horrifying tale of Jean-Baptiste Grenouille, a person as gifted as he was abominable. Born without a smell of his own but endowed with an extraordinary sense of smell, Grenouille becomes obsessed with procuring the perfect scent that will make him fully human. With brilliant narrative skill Susskind exposes the dark underside of the society through which Grenouille moves and explores the disquieting inner universe of this singularly possessed man. The translation is superb. Essential for literature collections. Ulrike S. Rettig, German Dept., Wellesley Coll., Wellesley, Mass.
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"A fable of crimial genius.... Remarkable." —The New York Times
"Mesmerizing from first page to last.... A highly sophisticated horror tale." —The Plain Dealer
"A supremely accomplished work of art, marvelously crafted and enjoyable and rich in historical detail." —The San Francisco Chronicle
"An original and astonishing novel." —People
"An ingenious story...about a most exotic monster.... Suspense build up steadily." —Los Angeles Times
"Immensely seductive.... Storytelling at its best." —The Kansas City Star --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Now for my complaints, there were a lot of details about the different scents that Jean-Baptise Grenouille smells. Sometimes it's a little much, but I guess it's necessary. For example, the cave scene in the book felt forever long, but executed perfectly in the movie.
I realize that this is a love letter to the movie over the book, I will make it clear that I will read more of Mr. Suskind's books, because of how beautiful this story was.
I lo v e my Kindle cuz I can learn this intense vocab by clicking on a word and I can get a definition
The ending is so imaginative,
Everything is so unique. What a clever author. My goodness!!! It was a smooth read, but, it was a rollercoaster of unexpected heights with no downhill slopes.
The story itself would seem too great a stretch without the exquisite detail Suskind supplies about the character, setting and limited technology of the perfume industry itself. A risky venture for a writer, but Suskind makes it happen for this reader.