9 journalers for this copy...
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 brillance, Perfume is a hauntingly powerful tale of murder and sensual depravity.
Translated from the German by John E. Woods.
Planning to begin a bookring for this title, as there seems to be considerable interest. It's a great book.
(modified, from bookcrosser LaurieS)
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BOOKRING COMPLETE, 08/15/07
Please make a journal entry upon receiving the book. Then read, journal your comments, and mail to the next bookcrosser within 30 days. Enjoy!
KarenZero in New York
MaryZee in Maryland
perryfran in Maryland*
Rrrcaron in New Hampshire*
Karenlea in California
bartonz in Washington*
juliako in United Kingdom*
MooMoo1977 in Australia*
-----> return to gaysocialworker in Texas
I will pass it along ASAP.
3/2/07 update - Starting on this tonight or tomorrow.
I also wanted to include just a bit of the description of Grenouille. This is from p. 20 - "He was as tough as a resistant bacterium and as content as a tick sitting quietly on a tree and living off a tiny drop of blood plundered years before." This gives an idea of the type of character that Suskind created for this story.
Thanks for sharing this one, Gaysocialworker. You picked a splendid book at the airport. I'd been wanting to read this for years, but somehow it never came to me.
This is my 12th release for the 2007 Keep Them Moving challenge.
Sent on to Perryfran on 3/5.
Update 3/20/07: Started reading today.
The prose is eloquent including the descriptions of the smells of the stench of the city and the smells of the perfumes created by Grenouille. Some of the descriptions reminded me of another interesting novel I read last year: The Great Stink by Clare Clark. I’ll have to watch for the movie version of Perfume to see how well it translates to the screen. Overall, I would recommend this novel.
Another note - I read this book mostly as I traveled to and from work on the Washington D.C. Metrorail. While reading the book, I seemed to notice the smells of people and perfumes and colognes much more acutely - possibly the power of suggestion??
Thanks gaysocialworker for including me in this bookring. I have rrrcaron’s address and will get the book in the mail tomorrow.
WILD RELEASE NOTES:
Continuing bookring to rrrcaron in Lancaster, NH. Enjoy!
Thank you to gaysocialworker for sharing this unusual book. I will be mailing this off to the next reader tomorrow. Enjoy!
As a whole I did enjoy it - but there was one bit in the middle (cave) which I found a bit strange - but then for me it picked up again after that.
And this was a translation! Very well written I thought - I wonder if the German is just as good!
sweetdaisy has already read it so it is going on to MooMoo1977 in Australia.
I shall PM Fuzzywuzzy for their addy and post.
THanks for sharing with us gaysocialworker. :)