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Topic: Perfume, The Story of a Murderer by Patrick Suskind

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GowerMeower avatar
Subject: Perfume, The Story of a Murderer by Patrick Suskind
Date Posted: 6/4/2007 5:36 PM ET
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Has anyone else read this book? It is spectacular. I can't put it down. Absolutely spellbinding.

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Date Posted: 6/4/2007 5:43 PM ET
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Haven't read it, but I eye it every time I see it...  I guess I'll see if the library has it.

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Date Posted: 6/4/2007 5:54 PM ET
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Marci, I'll be finished with it in the next day or 2 if you're interested.

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Date Posted: 6/4/2007 6:08 PM ET
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I think Perfume's a book you either love or hate. I thought it had the most repulsive main character I've ever encountered.

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Date Posted: 6/4/2007 6:11 PM ET
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Linda, I think the fact that he's so repulsive and unappealing is what makes him so fascinating a character. I will only occasionally read such a dark book (life is dark enough...) but this one has me needing to keep on reading. I agree with you though, this is one you'll either love or hate -- no grey area.

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Date Posted: 6/5/2007 3:00 AM ET
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Oooh - I think I would love this!  I put it on my reminder - no room on my WL.  if Marci doesn't want it, let me know, please. :)

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Date Posted: 6/5/2007 3:28 AM ET
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you betcha.

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Date Posted: 6/5/2007 5:50 AM ET
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Pass it along to L for now... I've got too much to read from the library as it stands right now...  : )

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Date Posted: 6/5/2007 7:55 AM ET
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I've read it and it is compelling. The main character is appalling, sick and twisted, but you just have to keep reading to see what he'll be doing next. The main character was definitely one strange duck! It also has a very original story line, I thought.

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Date Posted: 6/5/2007 11:16 AM ET
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L, it's yours next!

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Date Posted: 6/5/2007 1:26 PM ET
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Read this one quite a few years ago, stumbled on it at the library and LOVED IT!

For me, definitely was a can't put down!

Carolyn in VA

 

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Date Posted: 6/6/2007 2:36 AM ET
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Yay!!  Just send me a PM - we can work it out! :D

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Date Posted: 6/6/2007 9:43 AM ET
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I just put this book on my wishlist.

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Date Posted: 6/12/2007 6:48 PM ET
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I heard about this a while ago and have been wanting to read it since.  I know a movie was planned...has it been released yet?

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Date Posted: 6/12/2007 11:05 PM ET
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I thought it was being made but apparently it already HAS been made. Check out the IMBD site: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0396171/
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Date Posted: 6/14/2007 4:18 PM ET
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I started it years ago, mid-eighties when it first came out,  and it was one of the few books - possibly the first - that I could not finish. I recall being so fed up with it I actually threw it across the room. Scared the hell out of the cat...lol.

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Date Posted: 7/4/2007 8:01 PM ET
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Yes this book just came up on my wishlist:)

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Date Posted: 7/4/2007 8:15 PM ET
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All right, Anne!

Michelle, I thought you had this wish-listed, too. Do you still need it? I am about one-third of the way through it. Remember, I unknowingly requested the copy out from under you that you were eyeing for a box swap!

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Date Posted: 7/4/2007 9:03 PM ET
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I wonder if Michelle does still want it  Felicia I got the same copy of the book like you have.I was number two on the wishlist for this copy.I was thinking that Michelle was number 1. ? If  Michelle does not have a copy at least she can sill have yours:)

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Date Posted: 7/4/2007 9:13 PM ET
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Thanks but I've got the book enroute to me as we speak  :)

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Date Posted: 7/4/2007 9:19 PM ET
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I think I'm going to have to give this one a try...I'm gonna go put it on my WL.  :)



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Date Posted: 7/4/2007 9:31 PM ET
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Michelle Great  I am glad you got a copy too:)



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Date Posted: 7/4/2007 9:58 PM ET
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I want a full report from you guys when you've finished it so we can compare our thoughts!

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Date Posted: 7/4/2007 9:59 PM ET
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Marci: I will let you know how I like the book. I am glad that I finally got a copy.

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Date Posted: 7/9/2007 2:42 PM ET
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I finished reading Perfume last night. Wow. I'm still thinking about the story. I took a crack at writing a review here, but there was so much more to the book than I could put in a short review.

I especially liked how the book explored how people are subconciously affected by scent without being aware of it. The descriptions were marvelous; I could smell 18-century Paris (ewww!) and the beautiful girls Grenouille stalked and killed.

My first reaction to the story was, "How could anyone have made a movie out of this?" but I was reminded of many movies while reading the book: Amadeus (with Baldini playing Salieri to Grenouille's Mozart), Tarzan (Grenouille's transformation from half-wild hermit to gentleman) and Like Water For Chocolate (the orgy).

I will definitely rent the movie. Roger Ebert liked it and is also a fan of the book. (Is it just me, or does Dustin Hoffman look like a disheveled Eric Idle in this screenshot?)



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