Perfume: The Story of a Murderer

Perfume: The Story of a Murderer

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Jean-Baptiste Grenouille was abandoned as a child to the dirty streets of Paris, where he discovered he had a special talent: a unique sense of smell. Able to create the most exquisite fragrances, there is only one smell he hasn't been able to capture: the scent of a virgin.




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  • Arturo Mata
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "These books are really interesting and are god to read when bored. I had a lot of interesting thoughts while reading these books. The story was captivating and interesting to think about. I would recommend this to anyone looking for some books to read, but might not know exactly what they want to read."
  • Han Wan
    Written on March 8, 2018
    "A suspenseful thriller you will not want to put down. Jean-Baptiste Grenouille, abandoned on the streets as a child grows up to discover he has an extraordinary gift of a powerful sense of smell. He creates fragrances yet there is one itch he can't scratch and that's to kill and keep killing."
  • Benjamin Rios
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "Not exactly a mystery but may be an interesting read for some interested in the unique subject matter."
  • Joshua Hill
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "Some would not consider this a classic. Classic status is often relative. I personally think it is one and highly recommend this title to those who want to read something that helps solidify the actual German experience."
  • Marilyn Berry
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "This solution does not appear to fit what I am looking for. There is no mention of historical fiction or the 1700's seems like it just didn't come out right. Overall I don't think this solution is what I want but decent try."
  • Justin Pena
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "It's a quirky read. It uses an omniscient narrator, the main character is a psychopath, and every description concerns scent. Smells. Lots of smells. If you want to read about smells, or learn how to write about smells, this book's unmatched. I started reading to learn about writing smells. I kept reading because of its dark lurid tale and quirky setup. Nothing like it nowadays. I recommend the movie too. It's the kind of story you remember whether you want to or not"
  • Rosa María Soto
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "I absolutely LOVE this book!"
  • Joshua Anderson
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "I wanted to read a good underrated novel and found Perfume: The Story of a Murderer. This is a book I had never heard of, and I was quite surprised by the quality of writing and the story. I was also very interested in the characters and the interesting connection to smell. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in an underrated story. "
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  • Peter Payne
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "the topics are completely different"
  • Jack Gonzales
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "I can't believe how good this book is, Jean Baptiste had a crazy life! I loved the stories about Paris. "
  • Juan Mitchell
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "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 fresh-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. "
  • Christopher Ruiz
    Written on March 9, 2018
    "Perfume: The Story of a Murderer is an interesting story with a mysterious twist. I enjoyed it in about three days and you probably would too."
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