Perfume: The Story of a Murderer
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... show more
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.
Publish date: February 13th 2001
Pages no: 272
Edition language: English
, European Literature
, Historical Fiction
, Literary Fiction
, German Literature
Jean-Baptiste Grenouille, born amongst fish offals, is a peculiar child. He has an extraordinary sense of smell, yet he himself doesn´t have a smell of his own. As Grenouille becomes older, he gets more and more obsessed about the smells surrounding him and as time goes by there is only one thing he...
Foi o pior livro que li em minha vida, definitivamente. O começo foi incrível, a premissa realmente é muito boa e criativa, mas o desenvolver da história foi péssimo. A partir do capítulo dez a coisa ficou bem chata, o personagem começou a agir de forma ridículo e sem noção. Esta história poderia te...
4/5 stars This book. Wow. I started off wanting more than anything to love it, looking past any of the little things that bugged me. Suskind wrote in long sentences. At times he seemed to lose his train of thought only to hurriedly finish the thought at the end of a daunting sentence. He also would ...
Groveling, repulsive husk of a man with exceptional nose but no body odour butchers virgin women in the attempt to turn them into perfume, is caught and released due to having driven the people of France to orgiastic adoration, decides there's no space for joy in his blackened heart and returns to P...
Bardzo "aromatyczna" książka. Dlaczego aromatyczna? Od pierwszych stron, niemal do końca czytelnik ma do czynienia z zapachem. To jedna z wielu rzeczy, które mi się podobały kiedy czytałam "Pachnidło": czyli to, że podczas czytania opisy miasta - Paryża - ulic, ludzi, przedmiotów, straganów itp. mog...