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This is such an unusual book that it's difficutlt to know where to start! I guess that befits it's hero, Luca Turin, who is an equally unusual guy. I loved this book...gripping like a novel. You find yourself learning all sorts of complex science in a completely painless way. And the science is interspersed with a wonderful look at the personalities and hypocrisy of both academia and big business in the shape (I use that word advisedly...read the book and you'll see what I mean) of the Perfume industry. Chandler Burr has obviously lavished a huge amount of effort and care on this book and he writes like a dream...witty, erudite and eloquent. Especially if you enjoyed 'Perfume' by Patrick Susskind, read this book... it's a fitting companion to that tour de force and a breath of fresh (albeit perfumed!) air.
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