The Story of A Murderer

Süskind, Patrick

(Book - 2001)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
An 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 murder. 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 fresh-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. Told with dazzling narrative brilliance, Perfume is a hauntingly powerful tale of murder and sensual depravity. Translated from the German by John E. Woods.
Publisher: New York : Vintage International, 2001
Edition: 1st Vintage International ed
ISBN: 0375725849
Branch Call Number: FICTION SUSKIND 2001
Characteristics: 255 p. ;,21 cm
Additional Contributors: Woods, John E. (John Edwin)


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Nov 20, 2014
  • smplreader rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

It's a clever and unique novel based on the sense of smell. It made me much more aware of the sensation after reading it. It's not particularly thought-evoking, but nonetheless an interesting and vividly described read.


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  • smplreader rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Violence: Though the violence is not a central aspect of the novel, there are several murders and other violence, though most are not graphically described, the indifference of how it's described makes it alarming.


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