Perfume by Patrick Suskind

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‘In eighteenth-century France there lived a man who was one of the most gifted and abominable personages in an era that knew no lack of gifted and abominable personages. His name was Jean-Baptiste Grenouille, and if his name has been forgotten today, it is certainly not because Grenouille fell short of those more famous blackguards when it came to arrogance, misanthropy, immorality, or, more succinctly, wickedness, but because his gifts and his sole ambition were restricted to a domain that leaves no traces in history: to the fleeting realm of scent . . .’

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“We were not sure ‘enjoy’ was the correct word to use in gauging our reactions to this book. One member abandoned it (she was not well last month and ‘Perfume’ made her feel worse! )The other four completed it but found it ‘strange’ ‘weird’ and often ‘unpleasant’ We all, however acknowledged the strength of the writing and it gave rise to a great deal of discussion on the metaphysical significance of the perfume – and the nature of a writer who could create such a work. We were not surprised to find he was a recluse!”

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