Perfume: The Story of a Murderer

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Paperback Published on: 01/04/2010
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A wonderful twisted fairytale
A story that is at once grisly and so beautiful, almost like a fairytale, which is part of the magic of Perfume. With essences of the very best French lite... READ MORE
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An erotic masterpiece of twentieth century fiction - a tale of sensual obsession and bloodlust in eighteenth century Paris.

In eighteenth-century France there lived a man who was one of the most gifted and abominable personages in an era that knew no lack of gifted and abominable personages. His name was Jean-Baptiste Grenouille, and if his name has been forgotten today.

It is certainly not because Grenouille fell short of those more famous blackguards when it came to arrogance, misanthropy, immorality, or, more succinctly, wickedness, but because his gifts and his sole ambition were restricted to a domain that leaves no traces in history: to the fleeting realm of scent...

  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • ISBN: 9780141041155
  • Number of pages: 272
  • Weight: 191g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 17 mm

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Weird & Wonderful
Although a little slow to start with, this is a brilliant story and gets more and more weird and twisted as it progresses. The descriptions of scenery and ... READ MORE
A must buy!
Thrilling and gothic, this book is defiantly up there with Oscar Wilde’s ‘The Picture of Dorian Grey’. It's got lovely descriptive language and really amus... READ MORE
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A Disturbing & Gripping Gothic Thriller
Patrick transports us into 17th century Paris to witness the birth of the protagonist- Jean Baptiste Grenouille. From that moment on, we witness the life o... READ MORE
when I first started this book, I didn’t expect much. My friend recommended it to me and I thought it’d be like any other book. But WOW the plot? the descr... READ MORE