Discussion questions – Perfume: The Story Of A Murderer: Describe the circumstances of Jean-Baptiste’s birth

  1. Describe the circumstances of Jean-Baptiste’s birth. How would this affect him throughout his life?
  2. Why does Grenouille spend seven years in a cave on the Massif Centrale?
  3. How does the French culture of Grenouille’s time treat unwanted children and young apprentices? How does this affect how Grenouille grows up and how he views himself?
  4.  Did you like the combination of magic and history or not so much?
  5. How did Suskind do with the idea of framing a book through odors? Were you able to envision the smells he was describing?
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