We’re back with another Goodreads Monday, a weekly meme started by @Lauren’s Page Turners. This meme invites you to pick a book from your TBR and explain why you want to read it. Easy enough, right? Feel free to join in if you want to! I’ll be using a random number generator to pick my books from my insanely long GR Want-to-read list.
This week’s book is Perfume: The Story of a Murderer by Patrick Süskind. I surprisingly only added this book to my Goodreads TBR in 2018 but I first heard about it back in 2006/7! So while it hasn’t been on my GR TBR for long, it’s been a known entity for a while! It’s a historical fiction, horror and thriller that has 4.02 stars with 286k+ ratings and 12.9k+ reviews. Pretty good ratings, I think!
Patrick Süskind’s Perfume is a classic novel of death and sensuality in Paris.
In eighteenth-century France there lived a man who was one of the most gifted and abominable personages in an era that knew no lack of gifted and abominable personages.
His name was Jean-Baptiste Grenouille, and if his name has been forgotten today, it is certainly not because Grenouille fell short of those more famous blackguards when it came to arrogance, misanthropy, immorality, or, more succinctly, wickedness, but because his gifts and his sole ambition were restricted to a domain that leaves no traces in history: to the fleeting realm of scent…
Why do I want to read it?
At the risk of sounding really creepy, I have such a fascination with (serial) killers and I remember being so intrigued by the premise of this movie when I watched it for the first time back in 2006/7. I felt repulsed but at the same time I couldn’t stop myself from wondering just what the hell goes on behind the minds of murderers and how they rationalise and normalise their actions to satisfy their compulsions and desires. You know when you want to look away but you just can’t because… curiosity? Anyone? No? Lol Well, that was me with this movie, and so when I found out it was a book before a movie, I knew I had to read it. Still know I need to read it even now and it’ll happen one day I’m sure 🙂
Have you read Perfume: The Story of a Murderer or is it on your TBR too?