Tuesday, September 09, 2008

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Perfume by Patrick Süskind


I'm in Paris in the middle of the eighteenth century. I was born underneath the gutting table of a fish stall in the foulest place in all Paris and my mother was sentenced to death soon afterwards. The woman who was taking care of me has just got rid of me by leaving me to work as a labourer for a tanner. I'm eight years old.



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Madame Gaillard, however, noticed that he had certain abilities and qualities that were highly unusual, if not to say supernatural: and childish fear of darkness and night seemed to be totally foreign to him. You could send him at any time on an errand to the cellar, where other children hardly dared go even with a lantern, or out to the shed to fetch wood on the blackest night. (p. 28)

10 comments:

  1. Ohhhhhh! you are a scary caracter :P, this is a book that I think Nymeth and Carl would like. I read it in French a few years ago and loved it ( does this make me strange...lol). There is also the movie version which I feel kept very close to the story.
    I have on my TBR ( by the way I have 200+ books, not 50, I fixed it): THE PIGEON by Suskind, it is also in French Joelle gave it to me.

    Ok back to my book, I spend to much time blogging =o)!!!

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  2. I went to buy this book at B&N Sunday, but got sidetracked and bought two others instead. Thanks for the reminder!!!

    "One of the tenants of his breakthrough--H=R/E, or happiness equals reality divided by expectation--was based on the universal truth that you always had some expectation for what was to come. In other words, E was always a real number, since you could not divide by zero."
    from "Nineteen Minutes", by Jodi Picoult

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  3. Madeleine- LOL. I'm only at the beginning so he's not too scary yet but I've heard it gets pretty gruesome. I've been waiting to watch the movie until I read the book. Glad to hear you thought it was close to the original story.

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  4. I'm looking at your comment, "it gets pretty gruesome" and thinking PASS! Love reading your Tuesday posts. I don't know why I never get around to participating in these things, but I'm usually in three places at once, on any given day. I don't know why I can't just read one book at a time.

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  5. Great choice, this book was so good. I'm glad to see you're reading the book before watching the movie (I do that with most book/movie crossovers) Both are great in this case :)

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  6. Janet- You're welcome.
    Oh dear, math.. even couched in fiction makes me zone out! :P

    Nancy- That's from what I've heard, but the writing itself is really good.
    Glad you're enjoying these since it's only my second week for the Tuesday ones. I've missed a lot of Tuesdays lately on my blog, it's a fairly busy day so I'm often too tired to do a review or whatnot in the evening so I usually don't get around to posting anything, but I figured these Tuesday events would be fun and easy.

    Bluestocking- Hmmm. I'm not really sure exactly what genre I'd put it in. It won the World Fantasy Award. It's certainly historical. I've heard it gets pretty gruesome later but I'm not sure if it's more psychological or horror. ... OK, I just googled, and according to wikipedia it's a "literary historical cross-genre novel based on a true story" and it later calls it "a dark fairy tale that uses real life locations as a backdrop to the story"! So there you go! :)

    Book Zombie- I do that with most books that have been made into movies, read the book first that is! I've certainly enjoyed what I've read so far. :)

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  7. Matt (A Guy's Moleskine Diary) just read this and gave a funny review. I absolutely want to read this one now!

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  8. Stephanie- I've had it for ages so it's about time I finally did!

    Heather- I just went to read his post and he did get a bit sidetracked complaining about smelly cheese. :P

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