Perfume: The Story of a Murderer: Patrick Suskind

Perfume: The Story of a Murderer Patrick Suskind Book
by Patrick Suskind

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read this quite a few times since i discovered it 2 yrs ago and so much better then the movie.
amazing,sense of smell via words! great book,give movie a miss, try "the pigeon".
Jean Baptiste a true hero of his undertaking of solitude and clear perception of the emptyness of human life. His acts and final doom, another chapter of his incredible existence. wine
Bizarre but interesting!
Talented writer's wonderful book, the very best book, which was ever written.
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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 fresh-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 brilliance, Perfume is a hauntingly powerful tale of murder and sensual depravity. 

Translated from the German by John E. Woods.

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