🐰Review🐰 Perfume- The story of a Murderer by Patrick Suskind. This edition is by @penguinclassics "Odours have a power of persuasion stronger than that of words, appearances, emotions or will." The story revolves around a man named Jean-Baptiste Grenouille who, abandoned as a baby on the streets of Paris during 18th Century, is born with an extraordinary sense of smell & gradually learns to exploit this gift by drowning himself into the art of perfumery. Everyday language proved inadequate for his olfactory experiences. His obsession makes him want to capture the scent of an innocent young virgin & he decides he must have it at any cost.
It is a slow burn historical fiction. The narrative is creepy and unhurriedly unfolds the ghoulish fascination of our antagonist with the sense of smell and desire to preserve the smell of a virgin. Jean as a character is very well written. He having brought up by a certain 'Madame Guillard, who took children to board no matter of what age or sort', never experienced a mother's love or particularly understood the meaning of it. He enjoyed solitude and didn't care much for the cruelty that the world would throw at him. He was cast away by everyone and since he did not have a smell of his own(which he believed every human did), his identity crisis becomes a driving force towards him becoming a murderer.
The author explores the intricate details of the olfactory system & lucidly describes the stench of Paris's streets in contrast to the intoxicating & alluring aroma of the ingredients which would be 'slapdashed together' by perfumers (rather than 'composed') to produce perfumes. This story is hypnotising to say the least.
I'm going to pay more attention to my olfactory system after reading it😅
The only complaint I had was the sensory descriptions get a little overwhelming at times.
Do I recommend?Yes. If you like reading a creepy historical fiction you're going to love it. Grenouille's obsession somehow reminded me of The Silence of the Lambs. Also his characterization gave me major Castle Rock's captured demon boy vibes . 4🌟
Movie is equally brilliant.
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