Olfactory assault

I think I learned the word “olfactory” from the novel “Perfume” by Patrick Süskind. I can really recommend that book! And for those of you who prefer movies, there’s even a really good movie adaption. It was really big here in Europe, but I wonder if it made its way over the pond to the States. So few movies make it big in that direction!

And although the movie was really great, with stunning camera work, I feel like the book does a better job with describing the world of smells the main character lives in, something that’s hard enough with language, but even harder to do with images.

Anyway, now I can show off with that word every now and then. And that’s the main goal of reading, right? To be able to sound like a pretentious snob by using lingo the plebs don’t understand and throw around phrases like “I guess the movie was fine, but I really preferred the book”. I think I have managed to do both in this blog!

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6 comments on “Olfactory assault
  1. Maggie Moth says:

    I don’t think you’re a snob but, then, I’m a Librarian.

  2. Speedsix says:

    There is a fine line between being a stuck-up snob and maintaining a high level of everyday´s spoken language.
    As I do not own a TV set (never felt like I need one), I have to truthfully use the sentence “I guess the movie was fine, but I really preferred the book” for lack of alternatives.
    About cheese and it´s evaporations: “Boy, it really feels cold in this fridge,” said the yoghurt “I really need to grow a fur!” 😀

  3. Fbs says:


    Cheese that stinks the most are usually the most tasty. And swiss cheese or emmenthal is far from the top in both odour and taste….(I’m french and proud of it).

    Don’t forget to open the appropriate bottle of wine to go with it…

  4. Haven’t read the book but the movie made it down here to Oz. Great movie! 🙂

  5. Speedsix says:

    @ Fbs: Ever ate a thoroughly ripened Munster cheese? Lovely!
    My dog was completely crazy for it. 😀

  6. Bernd says:

    Fbs, yes, it’s really strange about cheese. Even though a large part of the flavour of cheese (or any food, really) is olfactory (hah!), cheese that smells horrible can taste great. It still baffles me.

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