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Perfume by Patrick Süskind
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bookshelves: suspense, france, 1700s, male_author
Read in May, 1987

Perfume - VG
Patrick Suskind
In the slums of eighteenth-century France, the infant Jean-Baptiste Grenouille is born with one sublime gift-an absolute sense of smell. As a boy, he lives to decipher the odors of Paris, and apprentices himself to a prominent perfumer who teaches him the ancient art of mixing precious oils and herbs. But Grenouille's genius is such that he is not satisfied to stop there, and he becomes obsessed with capturing the smells of objects such as brass doorknobs and fresh-cut wood. Then one day he catches a hint of a scent that will drive him on an ever-more-terrifying quest to create the "ultimate perfume"-the scent of a beautiful young virgin.

This was a fascinating, appalling, erotic, grotesque, and absolutely unforgettable read. I not certain I can say I enjoyed it, but I shall certainly always remember it.
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