Perfume: The Story of a Murderer is a great literary novel published in 1985 by the German novelist Patrick Suskind. This novel takes an interesting turn right from the beginning. It is about scent and the way we perceive it and what it does to our emotions. The story is set in the 18th century in France and is based on the story of Jean Baptiste Grenouille, a gifted and yet terrible person in this terrible time.This character is born with no personal odor, but has this incredible sense of smell, so he becomes an apprentice to a perfumer, and as the plot thickens becomes obsessed with making the perfect perfume, the scent that will make him human but needs pheromones to do it. To get those pheromones, he kills 25 girls to produce these perfect scents. As the plot thickens, the reader is fascinated with the characters interaction with others and how he becomes a perfumier, and even how he selects, and when he decides to kill his victims. Eventually he is caught by the authorities and sentenced to death, but on the day he is programmed for execution, he wears the scent he got from one of the girls he killed. The scent overwhelms everyone, and instead of executing him, everyone takes part in massive festivities.Grenouille is pardoned, but this power is just not enough for Grenouille, so he goes out and find a group of homeless people. He has put on large quantities of this perfume. The perfume creates immense desire in these low lifes and they tear him to pieces and finish eating him. This book is a real page turner and much better than the movie created in 2006.
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