Friday, 3 June 2011

Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (Author Patrick Suskind)


Living in 18th Century France, Jean-Baptiste Grenouille, an extreme outsider delves into the world of perfumery thanks to his beyond-human sense of smell. A man with no scent himself, he longs to experience all the smells the world has to offer. With Grenouille comes a disturbing and unlikeable character, set amongst a sea of olfactory descriptions which gives this book a unique approach to story telling.

Throughout most of this book I was heavily inclined to dislike it, the overly descriptive narrative and downright creepy main character did not endear this book to my heart. But a unique thing happened, after reading this book I found myself thinking about it days and even weeks afterwards. Any book that provides twists and turns that stick in my mind long after I have read it gets the thumbs up from me!

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