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Perfume: The Story of a Murderer by Patrick Süskind

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Synopsis of Perfume: The Story of a Murderer by Patrick Süskind


So there's our MC named Jean-Baptiste Grenouille. He was born in the slums of 18th-century France. But he's not your average Joe, this guy has an insane sense of smell. He can smell everything- from the stinkiest fish to the most delicate flower. When he was a kid, he was obsessed with figuring out all the smells of Paris. Eventually, he became an apprentice to this famous perfumer.


But Grenouille is not just satisfied on making regular perfumes. He wanted something more- to capture the essence of everything. Everything, even weird stuff like brass doorknobs and freshly cut wood. One day, he caught a whiff of something that totally changed his life – the scent of a young woman. He became fixated on bottling up this perfect scent, even if it meant doing some seriously twisted things.


Brief Review of Perfume: The Story of a Murderer by Patrick Süskind


This book is like nothing I've ever read before. It's totally brilliant, but in a really weird way. The story can be dragging in some parts, but stick with it, because the ending is worth it—and I mean that in a few different ways.


It is a love letter to the power of smell- something we often take for granted, but Suskind shows us just how much our sense of smell shapes our lives. Describing the smell may seem a challenge, but somehow, Suskind pulls it off. The descriptions are so vivid, you can almost smell what he's talking about. And Grenouille's character? Perfectly crafted.


Grenouille is a total creep and Suskind makes that clear throughout the book. But here's where it gets interesting- even though he's doing a lot of awful things, Suskind manages to make him the hero of the story. You might even find yourself rooting for him, or at least feeling sorry for him.


So, how does Suskind make us root for this murderer? Well, one way is by kind of distancing Grenouille from his crimes. We see him working hard towards his goal, but when it comes to the actual murders, the story shifts to the townspeople's perspective. It's a clever trick that lets us keep cheering for Grenouille, even though we know he's doing horrible things.


The ending is completely bonkers, but in a good way. It's something out of a fever dream, and you'll be waiting for Grenouille to wake up and realize it was all a nightmare. But nope, it's real. And honestly, compared to the rest of the book, the ending almost makes sense.

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