Perfume: The Story of a Murderer, Patrick Suskind

I have just finished reading a masterpiece, or very close to one, I’m still bathing in the gloriously mischievous ending as I write this.  It’s also a movie btw.

Perfume is the story of a murder most sadistic and magnificent.  At times I felt like I was watching Six Feet Under. At other moments I was mesmerized by the smell of France wafting through my nose. In other moments I knew I was reading a poet at work, someone who instinctively knows how to string words as they create the allure of fragrance both foul and artful.

Perfume: The Story of a Murderer by Patrick Suskind

Patrick Suskind has written Perfume with the utmost sensibility and understanding of pleasure, from words and nostril. He has crafted Jean-Baptiste Grenouille to be at the same time saint and mad man.

This novel creates just that, olfactory sensation, its immaculately researched and true to turn of the century Paris, in all of it’s stink. From the odor of the poor to the ladies in amazing dresses using cloth napkins to keep the cities smell under control.

The story is about love and what turns a monster into a glorious criminal. It’s about the human need for affection, I couldn’t stop wondering about the path Grenouille was set upon; and with such certainty accepted, since he knew no other road to take, as a Parisian foundling. He reacted into the human need to demolish each other. The main character is, at the same time lovable and horrific. I felt immersed in the era, I was thankful for our current times of apparent “civility”.

I don’t want to spoil this review with detail of the book itself, it’s rich with plot and memorable characters, yet I’m sure the commentors at Amazon have done better then I possibly could. I was simply addicted to this book and have instantly fallen in love with the author. I hope you can pick up a copy; the book will not let you go. 

I found this book while poor on a Barnes & Noble table. I like to read when I’m impoverished.  I’m sure you’ll love it, even if you aren’t into the morbid subject matter of murder most foul, you’ll be blown away by the shear prowess of the author.

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  2. I’ve linked to your helpful review from my own which you can find HERE if you fancy a read of it.

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