I finished another book! (I’m only celebrating cause the last one seemed to take forever to conquer!)
Perfume was written by a German author, Patrick Suskind and the versions I read was translated by John E Woods. I think it’s important to credit the translator, as so much of the ‘feel’ of a book is due to their ability to convert it into another language. This is, of course, the book that was made into a motion picture in 2006, which I’ve not seen, but will now seek out.
I loved this book, the writing was so lyrical and never too heavy on the descriptions. Sometimes, I feel like authors are throwing in a passage on ‘description’ to show how many adjectives they learnt – reminding me of primary school creative writing lessons! Thankfully, every word seems to be carefully considered, and helps the reader join the main character in the olfactory discovery of France in the 18th century.
The ending was incredibly surprising, as I couldn’t really imagine how you could end a book such as this. It was a great page turner, and killed time in the airport waiting, during flights, and filled my mini break with some lovely reading in the park.
I spend Sunday evening and all of Monday at the Gold Coast, staying in an incredible hotel – neither of us wanted to leave the one bedroom apartment!