Perfume by Patrick Süskind, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide. The article below is a long, but interesting analysis of Patrick Suskind's Perfume (originally published in German as Das Parfum). Immediately below is a citation. Lead: PERFUME The Story of a Murderer. By Patrick Suskind. Translated by John E. Woods. pp. New York: Alfred A. Knopf. $


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However his suskind perfume is ended when he realizes after some years that he himself does not have any scent. Travelling to Montpellier with a fabricated story about being kidnapped and kept in a cave to account for his appearance, he creates a body odour for himself from everyday materials, and finds that his new "disguise" tricks people into thinking that it is the scent of a human; he is now accepted by society instead of shunned.

Humanity being fooled by a simple scent, his hatred becomes contempt. He realizes that it is within his ability to develop scents described as "superhuman" and "angelic", that will affect in an unprecedented way how other people perceive him.

Reaching Grasse, he trains in the arts of scent extraction and preservation and one day encounters a second scent that is even more inspiring to him than his original victim. It is the scent of a young girl named Laure Richis. He decides this time that he will suskind perfume to preserve the scent physically and not just in his memory, and begins a campaign of serial killing of teenage girls to practice keeping and preserving their scent — the victims are not otherwise molested beyond the removal of their hair for scent preservation.

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Laure's father realizes his daughter must be the goal of the murderer's campaign and, not telling anybody, takes her to a place of safety, but Grenouille follows them by following her scent, and when they suskind perfume for the night, he finally kills her and successfully preserves her scent.

He is caught soon afterwards and sentenced to death. However, on the way to his execution he wears a new scent he suskind perfume created, that causes awe and adoration in others, and although the evidence of his guilt is absolute, the crowd becomes suskind perfume fond of him, and so convinced of the innocence he now exudes, that he is freed; even Laure's father asks if he would consider being adopted as his son.


Because suskind perfume this scent, the entire town participates in a mass orgy of which no one speaks afterwards. Grenouille however now realizes how much he hates people, and that even this degree of control does not make him happy. Returning to Paris, he suskind perfume a crowd and pours the entire bottle of perfume on himself.

Suskind perfume people are so drawn to him due to his scent that they became compelled to obtain and consume pieces of him, tearing him to pieces. It is notable that this is a suicide. The story ends with the crowd, who are left embarrassed by their own action, but are also left "uncommonly proud.

For the first time they had done something out of Love. Grenouille's mother — Jean-Baptiste Grenouille was her suskind perfume baby.

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She had claimed her first four were suskind perfume or "semi-stillbirths". Where else in the novel do suskind perfume find rationality being overcome by baser human instincts?

Throughout the novel, Grenouille is likened to a tick. In what ways does Grenouille behave like a tick?

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What does this analogy reveal about his suskind perfume that a more straightforward description would not? Grenouille is born with a supernaturally developed sense of smell.

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He can store and synthesize thousands of odors within himself and suskind perfume them at will. How do you interpret this extraordinary ability?

Do you think such a sensitivity to odor is physically possible?

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