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    Default Roald Dahl and perfume

    Anyone familiar with Roald Dahl's collection of short stories called Switch Bitch (1975)? The fourth story is about a man who meets a perfumer with a dream: to make THE ultimate perfume (the one that will make him rule the world, of course).

    There's very little to be found about this story on the net, so I decided to create a little excerpt:

    http://www.scentedpages.com/excerpts/dahl.html

    If the layout annoys you, I made a PDF version that is a little easier on the eye. (Click on 'PDF' in the upper left corner of that page.)
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    This is a GREAT and very funny story with an cinematic climax too hilarious (and frightening) to contemplate! Have you read it Marcello Mio?
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    Yes, I found the book in an antique book market a couple of weeks ago (for as little as 3 euro) and I love this last story to bits!
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    I remember laughing out loud and getting caught up in the laughing so I couldn't stop. Brilliant (if weird) writer - Willie Wonka gives me the creeps. Guess you know he was married to equally brilliant Patricia Neal??
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    hee! This story makes me think of "Pinky and The Brain." Or, perhaps in this case, "Stinky and The Brain."

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    Thank you so much for the link! A wonderful read...
    ~Grenouille knew for certain that unless he possesed this scent, his life would have no meaning.~
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    Quote Originally Posted by Taolady View Post
    Guess you know he was married to equally brilliant Patricia Neal??
    I didn't know that...
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    Quote Originally Posted by lookingglass View Post
    Thank you so much for the link! A wonderful read...
    my pleasure!

    (hey, where's the Automerge double post thing?)
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    This seems like a great story, I must try to find it somewhere! But excuse me for being stupid, the lady with the strange muscle...? What's that all about?

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    Quote Originally Posted by AnnaSa View Post
    But excuse me for being stupid, the lady with the strange muscle...? What's that all about?
    it's a naughty/sexual thing. This story was actually first published in Playboy magazine, I think in 1974.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Marcello View Post
    it's a naughty/sexual thing. This story was actually first published in Playboy magazine, I think in 1974.
    Ok...Thanks for your answer. That explains a lot about other lines in the text as well.

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    Thank you. Now I want to find the whole thing.

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