May. 16th, 2013

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Title: Perfume: The Story of a Murderer
Author: Patrick Süskind
Genre: Historical Fiction
Rating: 2.5/5
# pages: Audiobook ~9hrs
Date read: May, 2013

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.

I'm having a really hard time figuring out how to review this. The plot was very weird, and the main character - though fascinating - was so entirely unsympathetic that I didn't even mind that Spoiler )

Apparently this has been turned into a movie? I can't even begin to imagine what that would be like!

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