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THE EMPEROR OF SCENT: A Story of Perfume, Obsession, and the Last Mystery of the Senses

Editorial Review - Kirkus - Jane Doe

An elegant analysis of one man's work in deciphering the sense of smell.Raised in France, Luca Turin is happy to admit that "the idea that things should be slightly dirty, overripe, slightly fecal is everywhere in France." Given a stinky cheese, says he, Americans think, "Good God!"; Japanese think, "I must now commit suicide"; and the French think, "Where's the bread?" So perhaps it's not ... Read full review

Review: The Emperor of Scent

Editorial Review - Bookreporter.com - Jim Gladstone

Lyrical and analytic, harrowing and hilarious, a pageturner and a philosophical inquiry, Chandler Burr's THE EMPEROR OF SCENT employs its juxtapositions to jolt the reader's mind like a whiff of smelling salts. It snaps you into an amplified state of consciousness. At its most superficial level which would have been, in itself, deep enough to make for a satisfying book THE EMPEROR OF SCENT is Burr ... Read full review

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Review: The Emperor of Scent: A True Story of Perfume and Obsession

User Review  - Linda - Goodreads

Have just reread this book in light of current findings at the University of Surrey. Burr was the New York Times perfume critic from 2006-2010 and now conducts a series of perfume dinners around the ... Read full review

Review: The Emperor of Scent: A True Story of Perfume and Obsession

User Review  - Larissa - Goodreads

This was an equally fascinating and troubling read. Had I been less invested in the way Luca Turin's mind works, his theory on smell, and fragrance in general, I would've put the book down at the ... Read full review

Review: The Emperor of Scent: A True Story of Perfume and Obsession

User Review  - Magdalena - Goodreads

Loved it. Odd and smart and sensual. What more could you ask for? Read full review

Review: The Emperor of Scent: A True Story of Perfume and Obsession

User Review  - Pat Cummings - Goodreads

What if the political process applied to scientific inquiry? Truth would be determined by vote, and the scientist with the most side-boys would carry the day. Conferences would be raucous with chants ... Read full review

Review: The Emperor of Scent: A True Story of Perfume and Obsession

User Review  - Dancingsocks - Goodreads

Such an excellent read - science and smell are a fascinating double act. Luca Turin is an effervescent character and Chandler Burr writes wonderfully. He explains chemistry I barely understood in uni ... Read full review

Review: The Emperor of Scent: A True Story of Perfume and Obsession

User Review  - Liz Lee - Goodreads

Loved it! Read full review

Review: The Emperor of Scent: A True Story of Perfume and Obsession

User Review  - Stephen Dole - Goodreads

An interesting and worrying look at science in today's commercial age. Although the book attempts to explain the science behind Turin's theory, I personally found it difficult to grasp more than the ... Read full review

Review: The Emperor of Scent: A True Story of Perfume and Obsession

User Review  - Sholm - Goodreads

Drove me crazy. Read full review

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