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Perfume by Patrick Suskind reminded me of a Brett Easton Ellis novel set in pre-revolutionary France. It has the same dark bestial view of humanity that Ellis has.Suskind’s style of writing is very illustrative, he takes the reader on a journey and sets his scenes really well to provide the reader with an immersive experience.

I enjoyed the book as a commuter read and it has a darkly humourous tone. It would be hard to find many of the most ardent pessimists that share the same negative outlook on life to the extend portrayed by the author.The book was originally written in French and benefited from a sympathetic and inspired translation. One for the beach (if you are going to read it on the plan, purchase the book airside).