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Perfume by Patrick Süskind
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Apr 29, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: audio
Read from April 26 to May 17, 2011 — I own a copy , read count: 1

I listened to this audio book on my Amazon Kindle. The story of Jean-Baptiste Grenouille, a man with a troubled life and uniquely acute sense of smell, who is prepared to do anything to fulfill all his olfactory needs. Whilst I learned a fair amount about the perfumery process in the 18th century, it is essentially a crime/thriller novel with a quirky twist. The middle bit for me draged on for too long - I'm sure if I had been reading rather than listening to it I would have given up. Luckily for me I was able to 'zone out' on the boring parts (listening to it in the background rather than the foreground) and got through to the much more exciting second/end part of the book. I loved the description of the most powerful scent, as well as the reaction of the people to it and the subsequent events.

For me this is a bit like Captain Corelli's Mandolin - flawed in parts, but well worth persevering with.

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