The Story of A Murderer

Book - 2001
Average Rating:
Rate this:
Follows an odorless baby found orphaned in Paris in 1738 as he grows into a monster obsessed with his perfect sense of smell and a desire to capture, by any means, the ultimate scent that will make him human.
Publisher: New York : Vintage International, 2001.
Edition: Reprint edition
ISBN: 9780375725845


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment

LoganLib_Kirra Feb 18, 2018

Perfume is my favourite classic, but it's also not for the faint of heart. This novel is a descriptive tale of passion and creativity that manifests in a horrible, murderous way. Jean-Baptiste Grenouille is a person born without his own scent, but able to detect the finest details in the smell of something so small and meaningless to others. Oddly emotionless and uncaring, the only thing Jean-Baptiste works towards is becoming a perfumer for one reason alone - to make the perfect scent (that just so happens to be made from the essence of young, pure women).

The way the author writes about the characters and settings in this book keeps me coming back to it time and time again. From the first page I'm instantly transported to the setting and place throughout the fantastic attention to detail. Perfume will forever be one of my favourite books and I recommend it to anyone that loves a darker read with lyrical storytelling.

cato_logue Feb 19, 2017

This book is so vivid with the description of smells that like a good visual description, one can totally sense this book through the smell sense. It is quite horrid but riveting.

Nov 20, 2014

It's a clever and unique novel based on the sense of smell. It made me much more aware of the sensation after reading it. It's not particularly thought-evoking, but nonetheless an interesting and vividly described read.

Nonfyction Jul 26, 2010

Strange and disquieting. An imaginative narrative for the brave.

hippyheart Jul 22, 2010

The writing was so clever & descriptive that I actually felt quite ill & revolted!

Age Suitability

Add Age Suitability

LoganLib_Kirra Feb 18, 2018

LoganLib_Kirra thinks this title is suitable for 17 years and over

Nov 20, 2014

smplreader thinks this title is suitable for 19 years and over


Add Notices

Nov 20, 2014

Violence: Though the violence is not a central aspect of the novel, there are several murders and other violence, though most are not graphically described, the indifference of how it's described makes it alarming.


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number


Subject Headings


Find it at RDPL

To Top