Review: Perfume: The Story of a Murderer by Patrick Suskind

Perfume is heavy in detail and light in terms of plot points, so here, to minimize spoilers, is the description from the dust jacket:

“In the slums of 18th-century Paris a baby is born. Jean-Baptiste Grenouille clings to life with an iron will, growing into a dark and sinister young man who, although he has no scent of his own, possesses an incomparable sense of smell. He apprentices himself to a perfumer and quickly masters the ancient art of mixing flowers, herbs, and oils. But his quest to create the ‘ultimate perfume’ leads him to commit a series of brutal murders until no woman can feel safe as his final horrifying secret is revealed.”

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