Today at Book Club we chose the titles for the next two months:
Thursday, April 14, 2011 – Parfum by Patrick Süskind (trans. from the German)
Thursday, May 12, 2011 – The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery (trans. from the French)
To get The Elegance of the Hedgehog, you can put a hold on Gleeson’s copy, request it through Link+, check it out of the SF Public Library, or check out one of our iPads or Kindle, which will be loaded with the book.
Upon its publication last year in Germany Susskind’s first novel Perfume immediately became an international best seller. Set in 18th-century France, Perfume relates the fascinating and horrifying tale of Jean-Baptiste Grenouille, a person as gifted as he was abominable. Born without a smell of his own but endowed with an extraordinary sense of smell, Grenouille becomes obsessed with procuring the perfect scent that will make him fully human. With brilliant narrative skill Susskind exposes the dark underside of the society through which Grenouille moves and explores the disquieting inner universe of this singularly possessed man.
— Library Journal