Originally Posted by The Prankster
Yes, I'm seriously jazzed for this. I never stopped loving the Wachowski's work, and Tykwer is the cherry on the sundae there. "Perfume: The Story of a Murderer" is one of the great unheralded cult flicks of the last decade.
Can anyone give me a spoiler-free rundown of what it's about? Or maybe just tell me why it's brilliant?
The book is comprised of six stories. The way it is structured, you get through the first half of each story before the next begins (sometimes ending mid word), until the sixth story which is laid out in full. Then you basically descend, in order, all the way back to the first story.
The stories take place in chronological order, each in a different style. The first is set in the 19th century, and is (I think) a nod to Benito Cereno, the second in the early 19th century, done in what I thought was Nabakovian prose, and so on, until the sixth which takes place, perhaps, thousands of years in the future. I don't want to say much more than that because part of the joy was in discovering each new style, and how the stories relate to one another.
I am a sucker for good sci-fi, and I also think that's where the novel excels the most. Mitchell isn't quite up to miming Melville and Nabakov, but he puts forth a good enough effort.