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January 15, 2007

{     Perfume     } the last year I have been trying desperately to get back into reading, but with finishing up my bachelors and now trying to keep my head above water in law school, the books have been few and far in-between. However, my mom insisted I pick up her copy of Perfume, knowing my love for horror movies and thrillers, as a way to get back into recreational reading, and I am so glad she did. Peter Susskind has such a way with words that you feel as though you are walking the foul streets of 18th century Paris following Jean Baptiste through his day-to-day survival.

A boy gifted with an uncanny sense of smell, he sets out to capture his library of scents and become the world’s greatest perfumer. Completing many masterpieces of smell he still drowns in the fact that the true beauty evades his nostrils. As he strives to find his perfection it leads him to unconscionable acts in the pursuit of greatness, and ultimately the perfect perfume. I know that there is a movie about to come out that looks very promising but I want to urge you before viewing to read the book. It has captured my imagination in a way no other book has, and now like a drug addict I am reading as much as I possibly can in search of that fantastic high Perfume gave me.

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I agree it is a great book but the film which I saw in the UK is a real disappointment. The casting is poor (except Alan Rickman) and whilst the set and soundtrack is luxurious, the satire of the original does not transmit and the combined result for an original reader of Suskind, was for me, a negative one.

Posted by: Alex Walker (indigo) at January 15, 2007 10:54 AM
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