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Perfume: The Story of a Murderer - Patrick Süskind, John Woods
Perfume: The Story of a Murderer
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The year is 1738; the place, Paris. A baby is born under a fish-monger’s bloody table in a marketplace, and abandoned. Orphaned, passed over to the monks as a charity case, already there is something in the aura of the tiny infant that is unsettling. No one will look after him; he is somehow too... show more
The year is 1738; the place, Paris. A baby is born under a fish-monger’s bloody table in a marketplace, and abandoned. Orphaned, passed over to the monks as a charity case, already there is something in the aura of the tiny infant that is unsettling. No one will look after him; he is somehow too demanding, and, even more disturbing, something is missing: as his wet nurse tries to explain, he doesn’t smell the way a baby should smell; indeed, he has no scent at all.Slowly, as we watch Jean-Baptiste Grenouille cling stubbornly to life, we begin to realize that a monster is growing before our eyes. With mounting unease, yet hypnotized, we see him explore his powers and their effect on the world around him. For this dark and sinister boy who has no smell himself possesses an absolute sense of smell, and with it he can read the world to discover the hidden truths that elude ordinary men. He can smell the very composition of objects, and their history, and where they have been, he has no need of the light, and darkness is not dark to him, because nothing can mask the odors of the universe. As he leaves childhood behind and comes to understand his terrible uniqueness, his obsession becomes the quest to identify, and then to isolate, the most perfect scent of all, the scent of life itself.At first, he hones his powers, learning the ancient arts of perfume-making until the exquisite fragrances he creates are the rage of Paris, and indeed Europe. Then, secure in his mastery of these means to an end, he withdraws into a strange and agonized solitude, waiting, dreaming, until the morning when he wakes, ready to embark on his monstrous quest: to find and extract from the most perfect living creatures—the most beautiful young virgins in the land— that ultimate perfume which alone can make him, too, fully human. As his trail leads him, at an ever-quickening pace, from his savage exile to the heart of the country and then back to Paris, we are caught up in a rising storm of terror and mortal sensual conquest until the frenzy of his final triumph explodes in all its horrifying consequences. Told with dazzling narrative brilliance and the haunting power of a grown-up fairy tale, Perfume is one of the most remarkable novels of the last fifty years.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780394550848 (0394550846)
ASIN: 394550846
Publisher: Knopf
Pages no: 255
Edition language: English
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A Throne of Books
A Throne of Books rated it
4.0 Perfume: The Story of a Murderer Review
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 ...
Anna's Bibliotheca
Anna's Bibliotheca rated it
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Perfume: The Story of a Murderer by Patrick Süskind(translated from the German By John E. Woods) "In eighteenth-century France there lived a man who was one of the most gifted and abominable personages in an era that knew no lack of gifted and abominable personages." This novel might as well h...
Words, words, words
Words, words, words rated it
4.0 Perfume: The Story of a Murderer
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...
Booka
Booka rated it
3.0 Pachnidło. Historia pewnego mordercy
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...
Kwiat Paproci
Kwiat Paproci rated it
5.0 Pachnidło. Historia pewnego mordercy
Bukiet woni! Najbardziej pachnące słowa w historii literatury.
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