I’d been longing to read this book. Good thing I’ve read over FFP that they are having a book discussion on this (too bad I can’t join) and Blooey lent me her copy!
Perfume: The Story of a Murderer by Patrick Suskind
It’s about John-Baptiste Grenouille. A person born with an extraordinary, superior olfactory sense that can dissect millions of millions of different scents, that can smell a person or a thing from miles away. He can smell anything except… HIMSELF. His main goal is to create a scent — to be claimed as his own, and a scent that will drag people’s mind out of their craniums. He obtained and conjured different smells from plants, things, animals and even… HUMAN. The first time he smelled a woman, he wanted it, not the person nor the body… but the scent, only the scent. Once he wanted it to be his, he will find a way through his nose. He killed women. It is foreign to him that ending one’s life is a sin for he doesn’t know, he doesn’t even believe in God and nobody teach him how to love, only hate. In the end, he is able to reach his goal. To have his own scent. He can now die, says he. At the end, he was eaten by bunch of beggars in Paris. That’s the end of Grenouille.
Patrick Suskind made an awesome book, one of a kind and even made my heart skipped a beat! He sure know how to put the readers in the mind of the murderer, how he described every scent and how Grenouille step by step killed those women.
It is better to read this one than watching the film (because there are some changes). I watched the movie first and didn’t finished it because the CD sucks. But anyway, it is well done and I am planning to buy an original copy of the film.
One of the best books I’ve read so far.