Monday, April 20, 2009

ON BOOKS ~ Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (again)...

MizB asks you to:

  • Grab your current read.
  • Let the book fall open to a random page.
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from that page.
  • Share the title of the book the teaser comes from…that way people can have some great book recommendations if they like the teaser you’ve given!
  • Please avoid spoilers!

From pg. 160 of PERFUME: THE STORY OF A MURDERER by Patrick Suskind (fiction)...

"In essence, he could tell people whatever he wanted. Once they had gained confidence in him - and with the first breath, they gained confidence in him, for they were inhaling his artificial odor - they believed everything."

Not my cup of tea. I didn't enjoy it and felt the writing style was less lyrical and more lulling - to sleep. The story of all things perfume and the life of a man without a soul - or personal scent - whose goal is to create the most powerful kind. Interesting concept poorly executed for my tastes. I kept feeling like I was reading list after exhaustive list of the facts the author researched about the ingredients and steps in the process of creating a perfume in the landscape of France in the mid-1700's. Too many minute details and too little action. I know this book is loved by many - just not by me.

9 comments:

Erika Lynn said...

I've never read this but I like the teaser...maybe I will just move it to the bottom of the wishlist though...
Teaser Tuesday

Sandy Nawrot said...

Huh! Well I trust your opinion. You are right, the premise is fascinating, especially to someone like me who has a hypersensitive sense of smell. (I always thought I could get a job at one of the perfume manufacturers in France, called "a nose".) Life is too short to get bogged down in detail and bored to tears!

Kaye said...

Hmmm interesting. I had heard of this book and sort of put it on my list of possibles. Now it is on the list of definite no. Thanks for the honest assessment and why you didn't like it.

My teaser is here

Margot said...

Sounds more like a non-fiction book. Sorry you didn't enjoy.

therubycanary said...

That's a good teaser, but the title doesn't look like something I would like either.

stacybuckeye said...

Thanks for thwe honest response!

Teddyree said...

Liked your honest comments. Teaser sounded a bit on the ughh side (inhaling his artificial odour LOL)

Alice Teh said...

The teaser's intriguing. I've heard about this book but haven't picked it up.

Wanda said...

I really liked your teaser from last week too — bummer you didn't enjoy this one. I'm not one to give up on books either once started ... hope your current read is much more satisfying!