Perfume: The Story of a Murderer by Patrick Süskind

Translated by John E. Woods

5 stars!

This book demanded my utter surrender to its terrible beauty and elegant prose, made me consider whether love meant the ultimate possession. Grenouille’s strong need for love driven by hate, cruelty, apathy and loathing is so palpable that it stays with you. A meditative reflection on humanity, a loveless world and time, and a forsaken man driven to possess love in a bottled perfume. What a dangerous, heady mix… Highly recommended, an enrapturing read that ensnares you from page 1.

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One thought on “Perfume: The Story of a Murderer by Patrick Süskind

  1. This is one of our staff favourites. You may also like to try Pure by Andrew Miller and The Last Banquet by Jonathan Grimwald if you want another story that plays to your senses like Perfume does.

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