May 10, 2009

Perfume: The Story of a Murderer, by Patrick Suskind

I completely forgot to write about this book, probably because I was subconsciously intimidated to write about it. It was recommended to me by a co-worker, one of my maybe two regular readers (Hi Alex!), and unlike me, he seems to have actually analyzed it. I tend to be a surface reader, it has to be a really special book for me to think about themes and meanings and the like.

Also, a boy tapped me on the Skytrain and started talking to me about the book. He was cute too. I was like, "Why didn't this happen when I was single?"

Anyway, this book is kind of crazy. A man with no scent of his own but the most powerful nose ever, with sort of a God complex. Interested in no one and nothing but himself and scents. If you think it's weird when he chooses to live in a cave, wait til you get to the utterly surprising ending.

I fell asleep right after finishing this book and had bloody dreams.


brie said...

I read this back in highschool because I read somewhere that Kurt Cobain liked it. I don't remember it all that well, except that it was somewhat diabolical. And there was a girl with red hair. I think.

Lydia said...

Yes, the Wikipedia page says everyone who has claimed to be inspired by it. He's on it. It's a surprising list.

robyn. said...

spooky day! someone i work with gave me this book and then i come home and read your books blog!

robyn. said...

i didn't like the ending, i found it really disappointing.

Erin said...

You should watch the movie too. I really liked both the book and the movie, and I'm not sure why.

LOVED the ending, though.