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Perfume: The Story of a Murderer BELLA L IDEA MA PESANTE Considering that this is the best book I have ever read my opinion is extremely positive.It concerns the inner life of a guy whose obsession changes everything his point of view, his dreams and his dreadful fears.I absolutely recommend this novel, Suskind is a brilliant writer Una scoria scritta cos bene che durante la lettura puoi odorarne le emozioniCruenta in alcuni passaggi ma molto avvincente My opinion here is completely unbiased I haven t seen the film and knew nothing about this story before I started the book.A very unusual but gripping tale, I must say Well written, definitely.This is the story of Grenouille, a baby born without hopes and left on a pile of rubbish by his own mother Certain death, especially in 1738, would be expected but does not happen Against all odds, Grenouille survives and grows up with a very distinctive feature his olfactory system From infancy, no scent, no smell, unpleasant or otherwise, escapes his nostrils He categorizes each one of them and an endless sort of data base is stored in his brain.A very inconspicuous fellow, without distinctive features, he is able to survive in a world that has deceived him from day one And in turn, in his profound uneasiness, he becomes the deceiver Little by little he starts to realise that his olfactory ability is indeed something that could turn useful, one day Something for which people would appreciate him perhaps Real love, real affection, he does not know Perhaps he yearns for it But in reality, he loathes people and is comfortable in his loneliness And one day he s about 12 by now he picks up a faint scent in the air that he cannot name but gives him an incredible yearning An irresistible urge to find the source of that scent and an infallible nose lead him to that source..From then on, a lot else happens And Grenouille, that fragile, plain, indistinct, shadowy and secretive being takes us from one side of France to the next on a twisted olfactory errand It is impossible not to be awed by this very distinctive feature of his With it, when utilized properly, he is able to do wonders But it is equally impossible not to commiserate him, not to feel sorry for a very lonely, lost soul even though his malignant twist cannot but horrify us.A very unusual, disturbing story A story where smell, stench, scent or delicate perfume mingle and replace our eyes and ears I bet that this book will make you think about some veritable concepts contained here i.e our olfactory system has an incredible memory Lost loves, Granny s apple pie, baby days, all it takes is a whiff of something we smelled before and we are travelling back in timeIf some nuances were lost in translation from German I do not know, but I found the prose stylish and entertaining A 5 stars book from the beginning My only disappointment came towards the end An end which probably befits the whole medieval, grotesque tale but it was way, way too far fetched in my opinion hence the 4 stars Still, well worth reading it as it has the quality of a classic. Seldom, if ever, have I read a thoroughly unpleasant novel.Its ludicrous plot and obnoxious characters are bad enough but, when taken together with the smug, self satisfied prose, they become unbearable.Give it a miss, if you value your short time on earth. This is a strange, convoluted story written like an urban legend about death sensuality in 18th century France It is not a gory horror story but of a character study as the only character we really get to know is Jean Baptiste Grenouille who is born in despicable dire circumstances Unwanted by his mother he is passed from Pillar to Post but nobody wants him as he doesn t smell of anything at all He is a very unusual child born with a superior olfactory sense sense of smell who dreams of creating the world s finest perfume His sensual obsession is erotic and animalistic and focuses on the emotional meanings attached to scents and smells It has you noticing aromas and smelling things you maybe wouldn t have taken notice of before reading it The ending is shocking and insane and seemed a little rushed in my opinion but it is definitely worth reading and I enjoyed it immensely. Bought this book as I am a huge fan of Kurt Cobain and heard him mention he had read this book than six times It s the inspiration for one of the bands songs, but I won t spoil it by saying which one. Patrick S skind s Perfume is a classic novel of death and sensuality in Paris, published as a Penguin Essential for the first time 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 His name was Jean Baptiste Grenouille, and if his name has been forgotten today, it is certainly not because Grenouille fell short of those famous blackguards when it came to arrogance, misanthropy, immorality, or, succinctly, wickedness, but because his gifts and his sole ambition were restricted to a domain that leaves no traces in history to the fleeting realm of scent An astonishing tour de force both in concept and execution GuardianA fantastic tale of murder and twisted eroticism controlled by a disgusted loathing of humanity Clever, stylish, absorbing and well worth reading Literary ReviewA meditation on the nature of death, desire and decay a remarkable d but Peter Ackroyd, The New York Times Book ReviewUnlike anything else one has read A phenomenon Everyone seems to want to get a whiff of this strange perfume, which will remain unique in contemporary literature FigaroAn ingenious and totally absorbing fantasy Daily TelegraphWitty, stylish and ferociously absorbing Observer

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