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  • 24th April 2013, 06:22 PM
    I agree the erotica was so bad like reading a very cheap version of The Sexual Life of Catherine M.
    I didn't like the perfume either, given the story I expected something a lot more sexual like a modern take on vintage Caron Narcisse Noir or even something close to Serge Lutens Fleurs d'Oranger, something that has a bit of torrid passion mixed in with dramatic feel and emphasis on the darker side. It's not offensive or bad but it's just so blah, very run of the mill orange blossom that failed to impress me.
  • 9th November 2012, 03:43 PM
    I loved the book. Could not put it down as it took me through the history of the industry in such an entertaining way. Yes I was entertained! Is that not the objective most writers want to archieve?
  • 13th March 2012, 06:21 AM
    Prince Barry
    I actually love the book. The erotic content is all part of the unfolding story. Bravo to Denyse for sharing her love of perfume and her life.
  • 4th March 2012, 01:07 PM
    I read the book - and your review is accurate. I thought the book did it's best when the author and BD were trying to come to terms of what the scent of the night should be. I also appreciated the notion of *anything* being perfume, and how scents in nature tend to echo one another (the notion of some flowers smelling like sperm and death was interesting). I also appreciated her insight on the notion of the celebrity fragrance (for instance, when she speaks about the fact that they only have 'top notes' so the scent is what it is- there's no dry down or development as the scent segues from first spritz to blooming on the skin hours later), and what it meant for the industry.

    Like you, I agree the erotica - didn't really have its place in the book. I didn't really care that she had an affair be it long running or short. Intellectually I can understand her notion of scent as memoir, but she thinks she's writing for her erotic magazine instead of introducing the concept of scent to a layperson/ interested party.

    Fair play to her though, I'm definitely intrigued by the scent - and hope that it's long lasting, and I hope with the first spray I'm transported back to Seville, too.
  • 29th February 2012, 01:20 AM
  • 28th February 2012, 06:30 PM
    Thanks very much for this thoughtful and considered review. It'll be interesting for me to compare this book with Burr's two perfume-related tomes.
  • 28th February 2012, 03:49 PM
    Thomas Dunckley

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