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Perfume by Patrick Süskind
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Oct 14, 2008

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bookshelves: classics, historical, prose-that-sings, made-into-movie, 2008, love-the-title, what-the-bleep, modern-lit
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Interesting and weird but I did not love it. Great historical detail -- the real writing achievement here is Suskind's meticulous recreation of 18th century France, and not just the social and political conditions, but how it smelled. From a historian's point of view, this is an aspect of the past that too often gets ignored, and the fact that Suskind mines it so completely to provide this rich novel fairly dripping with some marvelous passages, is impressive.
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