Due to a bit of a cold lately, I couldn t smell the cinnamon sprinkled on my Frothy Coffee, nor the aromas of fresh croissants walking past the patisserie, or the preparation of an evening meal consisting of mussels cooked in garlic butter I love these smells, they are just as important to me as taste, damn this cold , if only I had the nose of Jean Baptiste Grenouille, having a cold wouldn t have made any difference, I could smell the fresh fish markets from a mile away No interest though in hunting virgins for their scent thank God S skind s novel which I didn t even realise has been so popular is Set in 18th century France, and tells the grim story of one Jean Baptiste Grenouille, a physically and emotionally abused orphan who is blessed with a supernatural gift, the great sense of smell His frenzied obsession for odours guides him in a ghastly perverse way to s In 18th Century France a baby is born who lacks any scent He does, however, have a deep and strong survival urge Although he is treated as a pariah by many for his condition, he possesses a parallel condition, a heightened sensitivity to aroma It is his quest to experience life through smell, and he does so He is also a cold hearted sociopath who seizes opportunities where he can to advance his particular desires It ends badly for him, but that is a good thing. The author This is a very interesting book I was rapt Until I was done it was an unhappy thing to have to put it down unfinished, due to interruptions like work, sleep and eating Thankfully I was able to complete it Perfume is an odd story, perhaps, but also very interesting, providing some payload in depictions of 18th Century 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 MurderIn 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 ✓ Das Parfum. Die Geschichte eines Mörders ñ Download by Û Patrick Süskind 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 Fresh Cut Wood Then One Day He Catches A Hint Of A Scent That Will Drive Him On An Ever Terrifying Quest To Create The Ultimate Perfume The Scent Of A Beautiful Young Virgin Told With Dazzling Narrative Brilliance, Perfume Is A Hauntingly Powerful Tale Of Murder And Sensual Depravity He possessed the power He held it in his hand A power stronger than the power of money or the power of terror or the power of death the invincible power to command the love of mankind There was only one thing that power could not do it could not make him able to smell himselfPerfume is a story about social isolation it s a story about not belonging in the world and the negative effects this can wrought on one s mind It s also a story about obsession, a singular pursuit for perfection regardless of the costs Consequences simply do not matter for Jean He is completely detached from reality he lives in his own world of scent, invisible to all others Murder means nothing to him because he does not fully understand what he is murdering He has no feelings He cannot comprehend what it is to snuff out a life because he is not t I had a heck of a time thinking who I d recommend this to It won a Fantasy award, yet I can t call it Fantasy It s set in a bygone period, but it doesn t play with history, so it s not Historical Fiction It s about a murder, yet it s not terrifying like Horror, nor is it a mystery It s just the story of a peculiar boy who became a dangerous and most interesting man He was born without an odor, you see, and lacking that part of identity, became obsessed with smell That identity crisis triggers philosophical, religious and morbid chords in the book, yet none dominate If anything, a dark curiosity dominates it The book has a slightly menacing monotone about it that is almost hypnotic, and lays a surreal lens over the brilliant and crisp descriptions Suski , , 4 , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , Aquamarine , 25 2014 29 2014 ½ Das Parfum. Die Geschichte eines Mörders ½ I want my last 2 weeks back I dove into this book expecting a hell of a lotthan I dragged out of it From the very beginning I did not like the author s writing style and should have known then that this book just wouldn t be for me. This book is set in the mid 1700 s France and centers around a horrid man who has no redeeming qualities other than the fact that he has likely the most perfect sense of smell in the history of mankind But he uses this skill for selfish and evil purposes and we get to come along for the story of his life if you could call it that. The premise of the story seemed interesting enough, and of course the title tells us that there is going to be murder so that always makes for interesting reading But I just found it to be
This book was different and brilliant The story of an orphaned boy born without a scent, but with an incredibly refined sense of smell, the book drags a bit in parts, but the ends justify the means, inways than one. All things considered, the book is a valentine to the beauty, elegance, and power of smell A truly underrated sense, Suskind reminds the reader of just how powerful an effect our sense of smell can have Although Jean Baptiste Grenouille one of the great names in contemporary fiction s amazing sense of smell seems the sort of thing that is unquantifiable in most any medium, Suskind makes it work perfectly His vivid descriptions almost evoke the smells he is describing into reality, and his characterization of Grenouille is nothing short of I was predisposed to love this book no matter what I love perfumes The fact that this book had blood and murder was just a bonus. For me, perfumes and scents are a visceral thing I love perfume I have never been a visual person, my memories are composed of layers of scent. I remember as a child, growing up in Vietnam, visiting my elderly neighbor s house and having him give me a cup of black tea infused with jasmine Those jasmines would put the pitiful little star jasmines to shame They were huge, each petal as wide as a fingernail White, waxen, and filled with the most beautiful, deep, richly floral scent that even as a 5 year old I could feel was seductive without ever knowing the meaning or the existence of the word. I remember sleeping with the window open, as the night air was filled with the scents of the flowering trees that grew outside my grandparents h Because sometimes you just have to read about an 17th century perfumer who may or may not be the Anti Christ and goes on a killing spree, before starting aa giant omnisexual fuckfest and being voluntarily cannabilized Ah literature That s why I read you, the class The class.
About The Author
From 1968 1974 he studied medieval and modern history in Munich and Aix en Provence In the 80s he worked as a screenwriter, for Kir Royal and Monaco Franze among others After spending the 1970s writing what he has characterized as short unpublished prose pieces and longer un produced screenplays , Patrick S skind was catapulted to fame in the 1980s by the monodrama Der Kontrabass The Double B