View Poll Results: "Perfume: The Story of a Murderer" by Patrick Suskind: Final Verdict

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  • * A bookworm's nightmare!

    1 2.63%
  • ** Take a nap instead!

    2 5.26%
  • *** Finished but no reason to skip meals.

    7 18.42%
  • **** Don't forget to unplug the phone for this one!

    21 55.26%
  • ***** A bookworm's bibliophilic dream!

    7 18.42%
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Thread: Perfume: The Story of a Murderer by Patrick Suskind

  1. #16
    I thought this book was incredible. Some parts dragged on but in the end everything was just perfect. 9/10 for me!

  2. #17
    I love this book with the beautiful imagery, original plot and mild horror. This book had me up late at night anxious to read more about the obsessiveness of this character - Jean-Baptiste Grenouille. The author's style of writing is matter-of-fact, straight to the point, not a lot of emotionalism, almost as if he was writing from experience, from a murderer's mind. On the flip side he was very descriptive in detailing the obsession of this murderer and his pursuit to create the 'ultimate perfume' from the unsuspecting victims. You will find yourself experiencing the smells and sounds Suskind creates, and thinking of this novel long after putting it down. Like the part when Grenouille running away to the mountains.
    There is hope, but not for us.

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    Perfume is a unique book. It stands alone. There is not another book like it, both in its subject matter and in the style of writing.
    Dostoevsky gives me more than any scientist.

    Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world. - Albert Einstein

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    I thought it was excellent. The in-depth descriptions of smells and scents added a whole other level to the book, and it sure made me think more about Perfume and the process that goes into making it! 9/10

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    Excellent read. I read it when it first came out
    and remember being captivated by it. I recommended
    it to friends and family, and it was almost unanimously
    praised in my small circle. I did not see the movie as
    I did not see how it could be adequately captured on
    screen. I felt the same way about Saramago's "Blindness",
    but when I saw that I was pleasantly surprised. Maybe
    I'll order it up on Netflicks.
    "Remember, we are all in this alone." - Lilly Tomlin

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    The film is great-beautiful film.

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    Hi ,
    I like to read it
    but i want to ask one thing that is it scary?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bessie11 View Post
    Hi ,
    I like to read it
    but i want to ask one thing that is it scary?
    I didn't think it was scary at all. It's a weird and wonderful book though; you should definitely read it.
    "...You are not wrong, who deem
    That my days have been a dream;
    Yet if hope has flown away
    In a night, or in a day,
    In a vision, or in none,
    Is it therefore the less gone?..." E. A. Poe

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    And they say that originality is dead. If for nothing else, its unique character and poetic prose make it well-worth the read.

    I did find it somewhat heartbreaking though... anyone else feel that way?
    "All gods are homemade, and it is we who pull their strings, and so, give them the power to pull ours." -Aldous Huxley

    "Sooner murder an infant in its cradle than nurse unacted desires." -William Blake

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    Quote Originally Posted by ariella View Post
    I didn't like it much. I thought it was interesting at the beginning and I thought it was going to be like that the whole way through, but I just found pages upon pages describing scents and distilliation processes extremely tedious and the part where he lived in a tunnel in the mountain for 7 years went on a bit, maybe i just wasn't in the mood. It was more exciting at the end (when the murders were actually taking place) and I forced myself to read through the other dull stuff to get to it, if only more of the book had been like the end.
    I actually thought some of the way it described humanity was accurate though. So that wasn't the reason i disliked it.
    I'm also suprised that it's so popular and well liked. I just seemed to find it disappointing.
    I can't agree more with you. I don't know why but there are many great books that begin very well and the story is just monotonous such that the ending becomes really boring. The description is also unnecessary - I prefer writers who write short and sweet but beautiful and captivating. I find that I feel like this to many books; such as Lolita and The Catcher in the Rye.

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    This was different but now its a classic. Very widely read. Its creepy like Poe. But you know that Dumas styled justice is just around the corner.

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