Book club read for May
In eighteeth-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-Baptise Grenouille, and if his name has been forgotten
today, it is certainly not because Grenouille fell short
of those more famoius 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...