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"He coveted the odor of certain human beings: those rare humans who inspire love." So begins Jean-Baptiste Grenouille's single-minded plot to capture the scent that will change himself and, ultimately, the world. But the scent and the person, so intertwined, must first be wrenched apart and sacrificed to his evil plan. Creepy, gripping, and fabulous!
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An acclaimed bestseller and international sensation, Patrick Suskind's classic novel provokes a terrifying examination of what happens when one man's indulgence in his greatest passion — his sense of smell — leads to murder.

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 frest-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. Told with dazzling narrative brilliance, Perfume is a hauntingly powerful tale of murder and sensual depravity.

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"A fable of criminal genius.... Remarkable." The New York Times

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"Mesmerizing from first page to last.... A highly sophisticated horror tale." The Plain Dealer

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"A supremely accomplished work of art, marvelously crafted and enjoyable and rich in historical detail." The San Francisco Chronicle

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"An original and astonishing novel." People

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"An ingenious story...about a most exotic monster.... Suspense build up steadily." Los Angeles Times

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"Immensely seductive....Storytelling at its best." The Kansas City Star

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A murder was the start of his obsession. It was after that first crime that he knew he was a genius, that he understood his destiny. He, Jean-Baptiste Grenouille, the fishmonger's bastard, was to be the greatest perfumier of all time.

About the Author

Patrick Suskind was born in Ambach, near Munich, in 1949. He studied medieval and modern history at the University of Munich. His first play, The Double Bass, was written in 1980 and became an international success. It was performed in Germany, in Switzerland, at the Edinburgh Festival, in London, and at the New Theatre in Brooklyn. His first novel, Perfume became an internationally acclaimed bestseller. He is also the author of The Pigeon and Mr. Summer's Story, and a coauthor of the enormously successful German television series Kir Royal. Mr. Suskind lives and writes in Munich.

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Moochpooch11, July 3, 2010 (view all comments by Moochpooch11)
Perfume is a thrilling horror that builds up to the end. It leaves a chilling in your bones from the sheer brutality of everything in it. It will have you thinking about Jean-Baptiste Grenouille for days on end.
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9780140120837
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Suskind, Patrick
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Suskind, Patrick
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Publication Date:
1987
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263

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Product details 263 pages Penguin Books - English 9780140120837 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

"He coveted the odor of certain human beings: those rare humans who inspire love." So begins Jean-Baptiste Grenouille's single-minded plot to capture the scent that will change himself and, ultimately, the world. But the scent and the person, so intertwined, must first be wrenched apart and sacrificed to his evil plan. Creepy, gripping, and fabulous!

"Review" by , "A fable of criminal genius.... Remarkable."
"Review" by , "Mesmerizing from first page to last.... A highly sophisticated horror tale."
"Review" by , "A supremely accomplished work of art, marvelously crafted and enjoyable and rich in historical detail."
"Review" by , "An original and astonishing novel."
"Review" by , "An ingenious story...about a most exotic monster.... Suspense build up steadily."
"Review" by , "Immensely seductive....Storytelling at its best."
"Synopsis" by , A murder was the start of his obsession. It was after that first crime that he knew he was a genius, that he understood his destiny. He, Jean-Baptiste Grenouille, the fishmonger's bastard, was to be the greatest perfumier of all time.
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