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Perfume by Patrick Süskind
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really liked it

Yes, this is the story of a murderer alright! But to call Jean-Baptiste Grenouille simply a murderer would be a sort of blasphemy. Grenouille is probably one of the most distinct and well-made characters ever created. He feels contempt towards all other people and only cares about his prey which is... smell. Süskind loves his character and it's perfectly obvious. Not only does he make sure that the reader fully comprehends him, but he also draws all other people as caricatures. Exactly as Grenouille sees them. In fact, although third person, the narrative seems to be made of the same substance as Grenouille's mind. He is a genius in a world of mindless baboons where prejudice, vanity and pretentiousness are the dominant characteristics.

Having seen the movie adaptation a couple of times in the past, I couldn't help noticing how great a job was done adapting not only the story, but the whole atmosphere of the book. Even the ending (which I always thought was genius and earns a whole star by itself) was left intact.

Overall, an amazing and authentic story with many extentions and points for discussion.
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