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.
Posted by Lydia at 11:11 PM