Perfume by Patrick Suskind

Set in 18th-century France, this novel tells the story of Jean-Baptiste Grenouille, a man born with an extraordinary sense of smell but no personal scent of his own. He becomes an apprentice to a prominent perfumer and learns to create the world's most intoxicating perfumes. However, his obsession with capturing the perfect scent leads him down a dark path, as he begins to kill young women to extract their scent. The book is a chilling exploration of obsession, identity, and the power of scent.

The 389th greatest book of all time


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Total Points: 986

Since this book was first published in 1985, there is a penalty of 17.6%. The age adjusted score is 812.46.

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