In 18th century France, Jean-Baptiste Grenouille, born with no scent of his own, but with with a supernatural ability to detect the scent of others isIn 18th century France, Jean-Baptiste Grenouille, born with no scent of his own, but with with a supernatural ability to detect the scent of others is driven to murder in order to create the perfect perfume.
This extraordinarily original premise of "Perfume" succeeds so well because it is so startlingly novel--that is, an olfactory genius who can make a fortune creating perfumes more complicated and subtle than any ever made, is a sociopathic monster. Or as Süskind describes him, a "tick" who can roll up into a defensive ball or periodically drop himself into society. Grenouille is a compelling and disturbing character because Suskind has painted him in such realistic tones. Each effort to capture a new scent impels him farther, taking more chances and testing his limits, exploiting new techniques and his own criminal daring. This is true criminal pattern and makes Grenouille terrifyingly believable.
After all, scent is something that people can't ignore, people can close their eyes and cover their ears, but a smell can reach them and intrude all private spaces. Hundreds of scents are described in Süskind's novel: the smell of a blossoming woman, the metallic tang of a doorknob, the soft creamy sheep wool, oaky warmth of wood pulp, oranges ripening with juice, the moonlight cape of magnolias, the fresh windy smell of a puppy and finally, Grenouille's perfect perfume composed of twenty five virgins.
Title Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (translated from German "Das Parfum") Author Patrick Süskind Reviewed By Purplycookie...more
Buckley has created a world in which humans and fairy-tale creatures live side-by-side in rural New York in an uneasy alliance. Brought here by WilhelBuckley has created a world in which humans and fairy-tale creatures live side-by-side in rural New York in an uneasy alliance. Brought here by Wilhelm Grimm in an attempt to save them, the Everafters are now kept in check by the man's descendants.
Enter the descendants of the Brothers Grimm, Sabrina and Daphne Grimm, two sisters seemingly abandoned by their parents, who have been brought to live with a grandmother whom they thought was dead. Heartbroken and wary, the girls are immediately swept up in a mystery that includes giants, pixies, fairies, and witches. Prince Charming is a corrupt mayor with one of the seven dwarves as his lackey and limo driver, the Big Bad Wolf is a tormented, yoga-practising, modern-day werewolf, and Jack (of beanstalk fame), works at the local men's Big and Tall store and is presented as a pompous, thieving delinquent.
Readers well grounded in their fairy tales will get the most pleasure from recognizing the characters but the fast pace, sly humor, and cleverly inserted vocabulary lessons will entertain even those who are meeting the characters for the first time. Softly rounded, black-and-white illustrations and old-fashioned silhouettes at the chapter headings complete the first-rate design of this madcap adventure.