Perfume by Patrick Süskind
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I was 9 years old the first time I tried to read it. I found it between my brother’s books from school. I can’t remember what it was that caught my attention, maybe the painting on the cover, maybe the word “murderer” (I’ve always been a bit gloomy). I tried to read it and faild but I kept it close, knowing that our day would come.
And it did. I returned to its pages when I was twelve.
It was a hard time in my life and even though I was surrounded by friends and family, I felt that I couldn’t talk to anyone. So there I was, with Grenouille: both surrounded by people but alone, outsiders, strange creatures. I used to read it at a park near home and then I would walk through the streets and I almost learned the smells of each house and how they changed according to the time of day.
This book taught me so many things: to be comfortable with myself, to listen to my most deep thoughts, that being alone is necessary to learn to really be with others. And that sometimes we need to close our eyes and experience the world through our other senses.
Thank you Patrick Süskind for this amazing novel.
And even though I love Tom Tykwer, I didn’t liked the movie and I HATED the ending. So if you haven’t seen the movie, please read the novel first!