Amazing novel. Captures the filth and grime of 17th Century life. The book also gives a surreal, creepy vibe. See the movie too. they made it just like the book.
Jean-Baptiste Grenouille - human or monster? Both? Just when I found myself feeling sympathetic to this young man who grew up without human kindness, the monster side of him would emerge and I could sense his scorn for people he fooled with his pretense of humanity. This was a beautifully written book about the importance of smell that we all take for granted and how one man with an incredible gift took advantage of people.
THis is one of the strangest but compelling books I have ever read. The main character was less than lovable but tenacious and survived a brutal childhood as an orphan. He had an incredible gift but you must read it to find out what it is.
Spooky story unlike any other I've ever read.
Trade paperback - One of the most unusual and unforgetable books I've ever read. I believe there is a movie being made.
Beautiful language for ugly circumstances & situations. Loved the book. The first I've rated a 5 in a long time.
Excellent book. the basis for the Nirvana song "Scentless Apprentice".
Intriguing concept - however the plot feels rushed about 3/4 way through. Worth a read anyway!
A weird book and a little disturbing but a GREAT read! Makes one think.....
This was the great book. It is by a different publisher and is a trade size paperback. There is no ISBN number on the book, but it is not condensed. It contains the full story.
A co-worker recommended this book to me many years ago. I recommended it to my book club at one point and have re-read it more than once. I have often thought that our sense of smell gets sort-shrifted and have wondered if, in fact, it plays a predominant role in our perception of other people and events. Suskind presents that theory thrillingly, I think--and provides a wealth of information about the perfume industry in Paris of old as a bonus.