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April Book Club - Perfume: The Story of a Murderer

Perfume: The Story of a Murderer by Patrick Suskind


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.

Perfume: The Story of a Murderer

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  • Tammy M.

    Very fun group.

    April 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I've just barely cracked the book and don't have time to read much in the next couple days. I'm returning it to the PPL, later today, if someone thinks they could read it in two days!

    April 22, 2013

  • Lori H.

    Hey there I am new to these Meetups and I thought I RSVPd no, but received an email stating I am cindirnedcforcthis meetup. I am sorry but I can't make this date! So sorry for confusion.

    April 8, 2013

  • Cara

    Hello! Just a heads up - this book isn't available for Kindle. The only thing the Kindle has is an analysis of the book. Books A Million has a couple copies and it's also available on Amazon.

    1 · April 4, 2013

    • Rebecca

      Great point! I bought a hard copy through Amazon. I'll be reading it next, so if I'm done early people are welcome to borrow it.

      April 4, 2013

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