Books from the Backlog: Perfume by Patrick Suskind


Carole @ Carole's Random Life In Books has created a fun new feature called Books from the Backlog to spotlight neglected and unloved books that have been sitting on your bookshelf for too long.

If you would like to join in, click the pic above to find out more.

My Neglected Book of the Week will be one I had to read soooo badly that I ended up acquiring it twice. As of today, I still haven't read either copy. Shame.



The Goodreads Blurbage:

"Jean-Baptiste Grenouille, the protagonist of Patrick Suskind’s début novel, is arguably one of the most extraordinary characters in contemporary fiction. This extraordinariness, which lies in his unprecedented and enviable power of smell, is an evident manifestation of the author’s creative genius and is responsible for the immense readability of this novel. The novel tells the story of Grenouille’s quest to make the finest perfume in the world–-and in the process of doing so he kills twenty-five virgin girls."

Why did I add this book to my tbr pile? I 've never read this author but a few years ago (ok, maybe more than a few) everyone seemed to be going on about this book. Have you read it? Should I get going on it already?!

Comments

  1. Thanks for join in this week! Did they make a movie from this book? I just googled it and they did make a movie. I remember seeing the movie and I think I liked it. I think that this sounds pretty good :)

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    1. I should probably read it :) I'll have to see if I can find the movie too. One of my copies was printed in 1987!

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  2. I hope you'll find the time for it soon!

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    1. Thanks, me too :) The new & shiny always call to me first.

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  3. Wow, that's a big oops. So he only tested his perfume on virgins? You gotta read this ad tell me more about it!

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    1. Weird, huh? I'll add it to my nightstand so I'll remember to read one of the two copies!

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    2. OK, now you guys *have* to read it!! LOL. I love this book. I would send you my copy, but someone borrowed it and never gave it back. *cries*

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    3. I hate it when that happens. I have an extra if you'd like one!

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  4. That's funny that you bought it twice. :D Sounds like it could be a really good read.

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    1. I'm a mess like that. This is the fourth set of doubles I've found.

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  5. That doesn't sound like my kind of book either. But I'm sure others have enjoyed it.

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    1. I'll give it a go and see what happens. May as well since I have two copies.

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  6. That's funny and I have done that too.
    sherry @ fundinmental

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    1. Those different covers always get me twice!

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  7. I kind of want to read this one too. I saw the movie once because I had a friend in high school who loved it, and it was a strange one!

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  8. I've bought a few duplicates in my life as well. I was really mad when a book came out under two different titles and I'd bought both before I realised. Grr.

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    1. They know how to make us part with all of our $!

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