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 - - 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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