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As its own peculiar smell and Sun Tan Lotion gets a whole chapter to itself As smells change so does life smell is bound into the gets a whole chapter to itself As smells change so does life smell is bound into the fabric of human existenceOverall this is a wise and thoughtful collection of stories beautifully translated by Euan Cameron The writing is such that ou can lose ourself in the words and potent imagery A wonderful esoteric readI will leave ou with an excerpt from Travels the last story in the collection which seem so pertinent for TripFiction travelling is about losing The Defense (Eddie Flynn yourself riddingourself of The Familiar So As familiar so as be born anew without any reference points and allowing Hai nhà your senses to become acuainted with the landscape To smell as never before the breath of new lands And thus over theears I have freuently got lost and happily so in the markets of Istanbul of Marrakesh of Cairo Aswan Taipei Huar z Shanghai Denpaser Bandung Lima Saigon Cho Lon of Hu or Hanoi Malatya Helsinki M rida Belles lettresThe first thing I should say about this collection is that it is not a novel so if ou are looking for another Petite fille de Monsieur Linh or Rapport de Brodeck look elsewhere The second should be no surprise it is very well written But it is in a genre ou hardly see any over here but that still seems to delight French publishers especially if the author is an academician belles lettres Parfums is a collection of 63 short essays each a single paragraph around two pages long mostly with one word titles arranged in alphabetical order Acacia A l Alambic Amoureuses Apr s rasage Boum Brouillard Cannabis Terre Tilleul T I love it when I arrive home at the end of the day just to find a new book waiting for me on the table An unknown book One which is wrapped in shiny colourful wrapping paper I like the excitement of it and I can t hardly wait to unwrap it and see its title I love it when it is a little book like this one somebody else loved and now he gives it to me as a present book like this one somebody else loved and now he gives it to me as a present he wants to know if I feel the same about it I love when a writer shares personal feelings and memories when literature is able to jump the gap of time and nationalities and Falling Through Clouds you acknowledge however different our lives are we feel alike I love when a book makes me smile from beginning to end because I can see myself reflected Sometimes I love a book which is not about the story but about words about how beautiful they are and the words they can create Through those wordsou sense the smells the author relives envision their location and enjoy the memories they bring back This book is a little treasure If not for everybody at least it is for me This catalogue of 61 remembered smells from the author of Broderick s Report is a wistful and sincere slice of page turning literary gateaux at once observational and autobiographical Claudel s smells range from the common Cabbage A sort of identity card of wretchedness to pongs Pissoti res I would come across a certain kind of mirror that didn t distort much I would learn who I was to the homely Clean sheets a vulnerable creature who knows that for the time being he is swathed and happy to the morbid Death An odd mixture of formalin and powdered rice of make up and camphorated lotion to the erotic Girlfriends something vegetable a Some people let s go ahead and say most people get excited over awaiting the newest Star Wars What The Art of Acquiring youou healthy soul felt when ou finally plopped our posterior down into a warm seat in a packed theater and watched that spacey opening crawl that is the closest comparison I can make to the delight I felt when I finally got my hands on an English translation of this book A decadent catalogue of smells each one described in lush prose that lets the reader smell his or her way into brief but powerful memories of the author Oh A Menagerie of Heroes yes please Claudel really outdoes himself with this unconventional memoir tackling deeply personal recollections of his formativeears with candor humor and a bevy of evocative sensory descriptions This really is a stunning mixture of excess and minimalism as each of the 62 smells perfume the page with a rich attention to detail conjuring pivotal private moments in Claudel s personal growth The stench of cabbage evokes his own humble upbringing garlic the death of a beloved grandmother stinky Munster cheese his father but also humankind s habit of judging others unfairly putrid porta pottis the reminder of one s own corporeality and so on Lovers of language and the body should wedge their nostrils between the covers of this book sooner rather than later Ambrosial. Jn zussen In de loop van het boek ontstaat een landschap van naaldbomen beekjes en akkers van zwarte aarde Een wereld van eenvoudige oprechte mensen die sterven in het bed waar ze geboren zijn Met dit boek brengt Claudel hun een eerbetoon maar daarnaast vertelt hij voor het eerst en 'ondanks zichzelf' over zichze.

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Philippe Claudel is a French writer and film maker While I ve et to read any of Claudel s novels which include Brodeck s Report and Grey Souls I am familiar with I ve Loved You So Long a film he wrote and directed in 2010 It features a standout performance from Kristin Scott Thomas as a woman struggling to adjust to a new phase in her life following an extended period of alienation from her family and society So when Claudel s memoir Parfums A Catalogue of Remembered Smells dropped through my letterbox I was keen to give it a whirlThis beautifully written memoir consists of sixty three vignettes each of which captures a scene or two from Claudel s life and it reads like a collection of memories each one evoked by a certain smell The title of each vignette represents the aroma concerned and the topics range from floral acacia to animal fried range from floral Acacia to animal Fried to mineral Pink Sandstone Other smells capture places Ironmonger or particular stages in Claudel s life Gym for example reflects the author s memories of the school gymnasium where oung boys and girls brush up against one another and the odours of teenage hormones and feet mingle with the whiff of rubber matsMany of the vignettes focus on memories from Claudel s childhood These are mostly happy times which convey images of Claudel cycling through the countryside of Lorraine in north east France fishing in the local river and picnicking in the forests of the Vosges In Garlic one of my favourites from the memoir Claudel s Grandm re cooks a steak for Philippe It feels like an early memory possibly one that captures the The Complete Photo Guide to Slipcovers young boy s first taste of steak as his feet fail to reach the ground when he sits at the kitchen table It s a wonderful scene so vividly realised that the reader can almost smell the cubes of garlic as they diffuse their intangible miracle over the hot golden meat The naked clove of the garlic resembles the canine tooth of a big cat and the weapon used for the crime chisels out of it tiny pearly slighly greasy cubes that scarcely have time to give off their aromas because my grandmother throws them promptly into the dented black frying pan over the steak that is already sizzling Explosion Smoke from a blacksmith s forge Eyes smarting The kitchen of the small house at 18 rue des Champs Fleury disappears in billows of fumes My mouth waters The smell of garlic of burning butter of blood and fluids is converted into a delicious juice from the meat as it merges with the melting fat Hollow with hunger I wait pgs 13 14Like life itself Claudel s memories vary in tone with some vignettes capturing darker memories In Cellar he recalls visiting The Aunts from Saint Blaise a trio of spinsters who live together in a large house complete with a dark dank cellar Clearly a frightening place for aoung boyI step onto earth that ou would think had been turned over by a gravedigger s shovel The cavern discharges its deep pit like breath over me heavy clinging seeped in clay and mud I shiver I stop moving I try to remain in the abyss for as long as possible My heart a small caged animal thumps against its fleshy bars The cellar attempts to enchant me with its whiff of must and saltpetre of muffled condensation a siren from the depths with a night time kiss that oppresses me and winds itself around me pg 35To read the rest of my review please click here Claudel is such a great storyteller Sometimes it made me think it was one of my memories A feast for the senses I m 10 ears old The present is a sumptuous giftI don t even know where to beginIt was a magnificent journey reading this beautiful piece and I can surely say it is now amongst my favorite books Even though it might sound like an overstatement but I don t think I can look at the world around me the way I used to I feel that something in my perception has been roused and it is not a coincidence I felt it after reading this memoir this ode to the world of smells and perfumes It was astounding and inspiring how the author is able to find beauty in so many simple plain things Not all of them are pleasant However it is not those things that are important It is our sensations regarding them Mr Claudel has an extraordinary ability to awaken those sensations and at times I didn t know how to handle them the experience was profound Therefore I took my time with this one sa Those readers familiar with Philippe Claudel s work will find his latest offering Parfums uite a departure Ostensibly a memoir or perhaps accurately a patchwork gathering of memories and with no uarter. Vaders aftershave moeders zonnebrand het zijdeachtige haar van zijn eerste geliefde Gauloises en Gitanes kaneel voor op de taart en in de glühwein kooltjes om je warm te houden inktpotten op school hooi op de velden de trui van een oom In 63 teksten beschrijft Claudel evenzoveel geuren uit zijn verleden Stuk voo. Given to chronology the author offers sixty three vignettes each one a single intense one or two page paragraph fixating on some olfactory stimulant sometimes in a specific way on other occasions almost incidentallySubtitled A Catalogue of Remembered Smells the vignettes at their best astonish in their ability to attack the senses In the tradition IF NOT THE STYLE OF PROUST S MADELEINE A not the style of Proust s madeleine a triggers an explosion of memory and brings to life again a frozen scatter shot moment of the author s past Garlic is an early example evoking a day in his adored and long dead grandmother s kitchen watching in anticipation while she prepares for him a specially purchased steak Girlfriends catching him on the first turn into puberty portrays with the very sweetest poignancy the excitement of a first kiss not with the dreamed of and lusted after Valerie or Nathalie but the reality of Fat Frenzi the leftover girl at a crowded party and the only but still somehow ideal fit for a leftover boy and savouring the crystallised fruit scent of her breath inhaling the flavours of her neck her cheeks her mouth Cabbage the odour of overcooked poverty the stench of rooms never aired accounts for a lot of his Tarikh Se Kuch Nahin Sikha youth a relentless but always relished part of his diet Coal remembers the dirty faced delivery men and how the dark heavy smoke trickles from all the chimneys in the town and laments the shift toward central heating for all that has been lost The anxiety of the insecure and underdeveloped finds its voice in Communal showers and the fusty stench of dampness that defines a post football changing room while a mother s concerns ensure that days spent basking on hot riverbanks are haunted by the reek of Ambre solaire in Suntan lotion And in the sad lovely Sleeping Child Claudel recalls how it was to stand in the room and watch while hisoung daughter slumbered "among dreams breathing the most natural of fragrances finding life at its earliest "dreams breathing the most natural of fragrances finding life at its earliest but even in the moment recognising childhood s fleeting nature Parfums shouldn t work except in the most casual fashion چهار تیاتر yet while each piece stands a morsel in itself the gentle but persuasive intensity of the writing the poetic succulence of prose alive with description and with its own irresistible rhythms ensures an accumulation that builds to a rare and endearing grandiosity something considerably greater than the sum of its parts And in philosophising beyond the nature of memory by incorporating thoughts of ageing and even an eventual end this latter uoted vignette in particular captures some of the essence of what gives this unusual book its real depth It reads easily and echoes with sensual pleasure but one of the subtle flavours within the sentences is a gentle melancholia which results in an inescapable emphasis placed on what the past has taken what changes Time has inflicted Short Stories of Olfactory Experience set in the LORRAINE FranceA Catalogue of Remembered SmellsSo often the visual and audio responses are the ones that appear in the arts the superior ones but just as effective though personal is the sense of smell The human sense of smell can often permeate deeply into the human unconscious brain so than the other two And it is this underrated and under explored sense of smell around which the author sets his storiesImagine the bucolic landscape scenes depicted by artist Claude Gell e known as Lorrain their pinks and greens with warm and gentle rolling scenes The author waxes lyrical about his work in the opening story Acacia Actually the artist was inspired by the colours of Italy but he was born in Lorraine so perhaps the painter gained his artistic inspiration and colouring from the lay of the land in which he was born The author s aim though is to set the scene against which his stories come to life a pastoral gentle setting of great beautyMany of the very short chapters as short as the time it takes to have a uick sniff are childhood reminiscences of oftentimes a carefree existence Hunting and skinning rabbits the smell of the garlic as the canine like teeth of each clove land in the frying pan and sizzle away Earlyouthful encounters with the opposite sex not only have their sexual smells but also there is reminiscence of those pungent aromas of the environment It is all together a very sensual collection of storiesThe potency of individual aromas is given much thoughtful description set in a context from freshly laundered bedding coffee roasting hay to the smell of the local vegetable shop whose owner dies Death too R stuk roepen ze een vergeten wereld op waar nog flarden van bestaan zoete en bittere geuren soms eenvoudig soms complex Als nooit tevoren beschrijft Philippe Claudel zijn wortels de streek rondom Nancy waar hij vandaan komt het stadje Dombasle sur Meurthe waar hij geboren is en nog altijd woont zijn ouders en 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Parfums Author Philippe Claudel