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Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (Penguin Essentials) Kindle Edition
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--Christopher Lehmann-Haupt, The New York Times "A supremely accomplished work of art, marvelously crafted and enjoyable, and rich in historical detail."
--Ron Loewinsohn, San Francisco Chronicle "Reading Perfume is like being submerged in a dark pool of the senses . . . An original and astonishing novel."
--Campbell Geeslin, People "A strange and ingenius work of literature."
--Robert Taylor, The Boston Globe "Mr. Süskind himself is a perfumer of language . . . A remarkable debut."
--Peter Ackroyd, The New York Times Book Review "Beautifully researched . . . Brilliant."
--John Updike, The New Yorker "Immensely seductive . . . Storytelling at its best."
--Steve Paul, The Kansas City Star "Mesmerizing from first page to last . . . A highly sophisticated horror tale."
--Barbara A. Bannon, Cleveland Plain Dealer --This text refers to the hardcover edition.
About the Author
Patrick Süskind was born near Munich in 1949 and studied medieval and modern history at the University of Munich. His first play, The Double Bass, was written in 1980 and became an international success. His first novel, Perfume was also an internationally acclaimed bestseller and continues to be considered a classic.
He is also the author of The Pigeon and Mr. Summer's Story, and a coauthor of the enormously successful German television series Kir Royal. Patrick Süskind lives and writes in Munich.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
- ASIN : B00YZG2BJS
- Publisher : Penguin (25 June 2015)
- Language : English
- File size : 969 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 165 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 9,601 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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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.
Most of the problems you’ll have with this book are if you fail to embrace that it is a fantasy – or, perhaps, a fable. The author does nothing to hide it. From Grenouille’s super (or sub) human powers through a series of utterly implausible events this is a book entirely engaged in magical reality. But Suskind’s recreation of 18th century France feels so real that as events become extreme we can’t help but feel a certain shock, to the point that the book’s fabulous climax can actually feel unsatisfactory because it steps too far from the realism we have fooled ourselves into accepting. Suskind has done his job too well.
So, embrace the fantasy. This is not a story of the real world. It is Grenouille’s world. Breath in deep. Take in the smell. Go where Suskind takes you. It is worth the ride.
This was a book I couldn't put down and I was obsessed with this book just as Jean-Baptise Grenouille was obsessed with smells. As I was reading it, I imagined the narrative being read to me as a voice-over. The descriptive writing made it easy to identify what he was smelling and you could understand why he had an obsession with smells. The scenes were described in detail and you could imagine walking around 18th century France.
The read was a quick pace and whilst Jean-Baptise was a murderer, there were times that I did feel sorry for him and did wonder that if he had a different upbringing would he still be the same.
Discussing this book at work I am surprised that not a lot of my friends have read this and I have been recommending it to them. A good read