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The Book of Lost Fragrances by M.J. Rose
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Mar 06, 2012

really liked it
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Read from February 19 to March 06, 2012


This book was an amazing journey from present day NYC to 1800's Paris to Ancient Egypt and back again. M.J. Rose takes us into the world of reincarnation theory and perfume making spanning continents and millenia. And what a fascinating journey it is!


I love a book that I can enjoy reading while at the same time learn from and this was one such book...from the history and techniques of perfumary to the evolution of the reincarnation theory to the political unrest in China and Tibet...I learned much more than I expected to and I thoroughly enjoyed the process. I also loved the religious debates the characters had as well as the Joseph Campbell quotes peppered throughout. (I love Campbell!)


There are many characters, spanning many time periods, in this novel and most are pretty well fleshed out. I can't say that I formed any particularly strong attachments to any...but that didn't in any way hinder my enjoyment of the story. I'd also say hat the story moves at a fairly slow pace...constantly building and constantly kept me turning the page to see what would happen next. The story line did tend to jump around a bit from character to character and from time period to time period which was a little annoying at first but I quickly acclimated to M.J. Rose's technique and it actually ended up helping to increase the tension, mystery, and suspense of the story.


Lastly, I'll just say that I loved the whole premise behind the idea of creating a fragrance that not only is powerful enough to evoke memories of this life...but can actually bring back memories of previous lives and perhaps even reconnect soul-mates lost over the centuries. We all know how powerful a scent can be...how it can transport us back in time to a place or a feeling...and how for some people with synesthesis it can actually literally evoke other senses. The smooth and effortless way that the author blends fact in with fiction will leave you wondering what is real, what isn't, and what you actually believe...
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