Let me assure you that Perfume: The Story of a Murderer by Patrick Süskind is not a horror book, neither does it have any details of human dismemberments, tortures and other terrors. I recently read a discussion by a group of readers, who were prejudiced about the book and they believed that it is a true horror. Actually the novel can hardly be categorized, but one thing is sure if you start reading it you will not be able to put it down until the last page. The story is so captivating that you will read it without a stop.
The storyline barely needs a description. Patrick Süskind portrays the life of Jean-Baptiste Grenouille, born in France during XVIII century. Jean-Baptiste has the ability to smell everything even the unique human fragrance. This helps him to escape the misery and the miserable dirty place of his childbirth and become one of the greatest perfumers in the world. Gifted (or not) with this talent Jean-Baptiste doesn’t have the only thing he really desires, his own fragrance. There is no greater misfortune for a man like him. Furthermore the absence of fragrance deprives him of individuality and steals away his humanity. Süskind unfolds the idea about the unique fragrance which empowers the person’s character and attractiveness. Нататък Perfume: The Story of a Murderer