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Perfume: The Story of a Murderer
By: Patrick Suskind
Pages: 263
Published: 1985
Genre(s): Horror
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Survivor, genius, perfumer, killer: this is Jean-Baptiste Grenouille. He is abandoned on the filthy streets of Paris as a child, but grows up to discover he has an extraordinary gift: a sense of smell more powerful than any other human's. Soon, he is creating the most sublime fragrances in all the city. Yet there is one odour he cannot capture. It is exquisite, magical: the scent of a young...

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Polilla-Lynn Polilla-Lynn

This is a very strange story. The novel is written in four parts, each focusing on progressive stages of the main character's life. He was born an unwanted baby, given up, and raised without much love. He was unusual as he had no personal body smell and, unknown to others, he had a very keen and profound sense of smell. He learned how to use that unique ability to his advantage, but it got so extreme that it ruled his life. This story includes strange situations, deception, murder, tension, and a bizarre ending.

Dec 29th, 2022

red13x red13x

Creepy, messed up, but strangely difficult to put down!

Feb 14th, 2020

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Nov 17th, 2019

forline forline

I really wanted to love this---instead it was interesting and too narrowly focused for me.

Mar 24th, 2018

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Mar 20th, 2014

RubyMew RubyMew

This book was beautifully written and I couldn't put it down until I finished it!

Jan 31st, 2014

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Dec 10th, 2013

Arctvrus Arctvrus

It's a classic that makes a good backgorund of what used to be life in Paris, the real Paris...

Oct 7th, 2013

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